Prefaced by Mode2, Cosmonometry is the first monograph dedicated to the artist Pro 176, an active member of the CP5, GT, UB and RTZ crews, to name a few. The book motions from his beginnings in the 90’s to nowadays, exploring the universe of this artist rooted in Graffiti culture. Throughout the pages, his cosmic murals, his sketches and canvases show Pro176’s evolution towards what is now commonly called “Galactik Style”. Cosmonometry is his relentless research in letter geometry. Trough over 400 visuals and essays on his arts, the artist gives us the full generosity of his art. The reflections of prestigious contributors such as Skeme, Oeno, Cope2 or Jay1, amongst others, emphasize his own words. Diksa: “Pro176 doesn’t follow the Hype, rather staying away from it. He is more interested in creating his own dimension, where heroes, super villains, creatures, wizards and witches mingle together.” Or furthermore, David Pluskwa: “Today, his deconstructions, dislocations and surprising acrylic transformations place him in the lineage of Roy Lichtenstein or Gudmundur Erró. To this day, he is one of his most renowned successors. All texts are in French and English. First Pro176’s monography 21 x 29,7 cm / 256 pages / Full color / Hard cover / French – English USD$49.95
Encompassing a wide range of calligraphy in many languages and hands, or styles, this book presents a visual treasury of works by 100 contemporary scribes, all of whom were either born in New York or studied or worked in the city. From English and its related Romance languages to a wide range of Asian and Middle Eastern alphabets and nonalphabetic characters, the more than 550 examples of beautiful writing create a rich visual smorgasbord. Traditional uses of hand-lettered calligraphy are shown, including event invitations and envelopes, certificates and awards, and quotes and sayings framed as artwork. The examples also include contemporary applications and nontraditional forms such as graffiti and experimental calligraphy that is not formed from readable characters. All are hand-wrought and human-made, using pointed or broad-edged pens, whether quill or steel, or a brush or other simple tool.
Size: 9″ x 12″ | 629 color images | 240 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348983 | Binding: hard coverUSD$49.95
This is the illustrated story of New York artist Chris Daze Ellis’s successful transition from the subways to international studios and galleries. Follow his 30 year career from his days as a teenage graffiti writer to his current life as a professional painter, mentor, and family man. This book, with more than 250 photographs, is a journey tracking the seminal moments in Daze’s life that shaped his art. View his aesthetic evolution, from “Graffiti High” (New York’s High School of Art and Design) and an “unsanctioned” street art phase to exhibitions with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Train photos from the 1970s and ’80s, a broad representation of Daze’s studio and mural works, and personal photos guide the reader through an artistic portfolio spanning five decades. Contributions by graffiti writer Jay “J.SON” Edlin and essayist Claire Schwartz, and a foreword by graffiti historian and chronicler Sacha Jenkins complete this volume..
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 269 color images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764351051 | Binding: hard coverUSD$34.99
On this winding “Door Tour,” hitting every stop from hip Williamsburg to elegant Sutton Place, the soul of New York City is revealed through this most unlikely medium. The remarkable row house doors, warehouse gates, extravagant entryways, and even construction sites documented here represent the people, culture, and attitude of the “City that Never Sleeps.” From welcoming to ominous, brazen to bleak, astonishing portals can be found in quiet neighborhoods in Queens, graveyards in the Bronx, and small stores in Manhattan. More classically beautiful doors adorn the homes of some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in America. Gorgeous entrances to hotel lobbies lure you into luxurious interiors. In Brooklyn, graffiti artists turn industrial zones into studios, doors into canvases. Allan Markman opens the door to a visual jam session of urban architecture, but you must walk through it yourself.
Size: 11″ x 8 1/2″ | 341 color photos | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764344916 | Binding: hard coverUSD$39.95
New York graffiti writers who cut their teeth painting trains in the ’70s and ’80s transfer Old Skool street art to a more permanent, collectible medium in this book, using transit maps, instead of subway cars, as canvases. GHOST, T-KID, QUIK, REVOLT, BLADE, SHAME125, COPE2, SKEME, and others decorated ordinary 23″ × 32″ MTA maps with their personal tags and graphics echoing the heyday of New York train graffiti. Sixteen sections, one for each writer, feature a total of more than 100 maps, as well as brief statements about the painters’ artistic evolution and style. Like a dynamic “piece book,” or sketchbook, this collection is an exclusive sampling of the painters’ signature strokes and tags in portable form. In fact, many of the artists featured here have used subway-map art as a springboard from the fleeting genre of train-tagging to the sturdier platform of the international art gallery circuit.
Size: 9″ x 12″ | 105 color photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350979 | Binding: hard coverUSD$34.99
NYC graffiti art, heavy metal, comic books, and fantasy art intersect here in Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro’s visual autobiography. This legendary Queens artist-drummer weaves these powerful influences into a medium he calls “Graffantasy,” creating tags, wall pieces, paintings and illustrations, model trains, jackets, and more. Gaze at this modern Renaissance man’s work from 1977 to the present, and trace his evolution from his adolescent days watching bombed subway cars whirring by in a KOLORSTORM, to the underground period tagging trains and evading cops, to his legal works and whole–school buses. Starting with a scrapbook-like photo collection from Louie’s youth and his other career as drummer of several heavy metal bands, the book moves on with elaborate sketches from the artist’s blackbooks, and colorful concert posters and album covers. Through a stunning array of styles and techniques, witness KR.ONE’s transformation from restless punk to major decorative artist and abstract painter.
Size: 9″ x 12″ | 428 color images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764351853 | Binding: hard coverUSD$34.99
The Chronicles traces the artist JonOne’s unusual journey from New York to Paris and from the spray can to the paintbrush. Born in Harlem in the early 60s, the artist’s early career is firmly rooted in the rule-bound hierarchy of tagging and graffiti culture. With his move to Paris in 1987, JonOne’s artistic constrictions were quickly cast aside. The energy of his paintings on canvas was undeniable and almost immediately found a rapt audience in Europe. By the 1990s he was fully engaged by his studio practice and gallery shows. To this day, JonOne’s colorful and frenetic work continues to make waves, most recently with gallery shows in New York and Art Basel, Miami. Alongside over 300 paintings created over the past 30 years, texts by Henry Chalfant, Magda Danysz, agnès b, Tom Laurent, Alan Ket and others bring this fascinating artist’s career fully into focus.
344 pages, Hardcover
11" x 14"
310 Illustrations, ISBN: 978-2-88006-108-1USD$64.95
Enter the magical world of Bunny Kitty! The first book in a brand new kids’ series, The Origins of Bunny Kitty begins the adventures of Daisy the cat, also known as Bunny Kitty. Accidentally left behind when her family moves from the country to the big city, Daisy is taken in by an adoptive family of rabbits whose mother lovingly sews her a bunny suit so that she can feel more at home — but sadly, Daisy still misses her mother and brothers. When she meets a bunny fairy that recognizes her courage and independence, she is given a spell that transforms her into the magical Bunny Kitty, and Daisy sets off in search of her lost family. Charmingly told with wonderfully vibrant illustrations, this is a sweet tale of how sometimes everyone needs a little help.
48 pages, Hardcover
9" X 9"
Bold public artwork. Events and tours with internationally known artists and thinkers. A space dedicated to creative conversation and idea generation. Welcome to Open Source.
A response to major public art events like Miami’s Wynwood Walls, Prospect New Orleans, Germany’s documenta, and the myriad street festivals injecting creative energy into cities around the globe, Open Source advanced worldwide recognition of Philadelphia as a culturally innovative and global city. The project was uniquely about Philadelphia: the civic challenges and opportunities it faces, and the outcomes of collaborative thinking. Mural Arts Philadelphia’s public art exhibition, curated by Pedro Alonzo, brought 13 trailblazing artists from around the world to Philadelphia for groundbreaking projects that illuminated the city’s diverse public identity, including Ernel Martinez & Keir Johnston, Odili Donald Odita, Shepard Fairey, Momo, SWOON, Jennie Shanker, JR, Sam Durant, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Jonathan Monk, Heeseop Yoon, Shinique Smith, and the Dufala Brothers.
Features essays by project curator Pedro Alonzo, Teddy Cruz and Jane Golden.Published by Mural Arts Philadelphia 168 pages, Paperback 7 1/2" x 10" ISBN: 9780990387046USD$34.95
One of the most successful street art series ever published with 100,000 copies in print, Art of Rebellion was the originator, presenting the finest artwork ever created by artists on the street worldwide. Now at long last comes a new volume featuring approximately 100 artists with their personal favorites — innovative work in a variety of media that arrests our attention and transforms our cities into open air museums. Artists featured include Dave the Chimp, SPY, KR, Swoon, Vhils, Stak, Jordan Seiler, Leon Reid, Ripo, PMH, Akroe, Sat One, Egs, Mysterious Al, Nuria Mora, Mambo, Eltono, Paul Insect, Dotsy, Toasters, Felipe Pantone ,Graphic Surgery, SPY, HuskMitNavn, Ox, Ermsy, Jace, L‘Atlas, *G, Space Invader, Vlady Art, Skewville, WK Interact, Dmote, Nomad, Mark Drew, The Wa, Ji Lee, Stain, Roadsworth, M-City, Kami & Sasu, East Eric, Supakitch, Koralie, Bo & Microbo, Bla+ and many more.
Published by Publikat
9 1/4" X 11 3/4"
Walking through a city is often like visiting an open-air gallery thanks to the graffiti and street art that decorate walls, houses, garage doors, and other urban canvases; the Street Book invites you to explore and shape a city gallery of your own in a leporello-style graffiti coloring book. It provides 32 different city settings filled with buses, benches, subway platforms and other features for you tag, dress-up, or just doodle on, perfect for practicing your handstyle or creating colorful panoramas over a variety of diverse backgrounds. High-quality paper and a dynamic layout make it perfect for Publikat’s Stylefile markers, while the hard cover and elastic binding takes the Street Book from a simple coloring book to a fully-fledged artist’s sketchbook.
Published by Publikat
64 pages, Hardcover
11 1/2" X 5 3/4"
Legendary artist Chaz Bojorquez is a student of the world and an American treasure all at once. In this stunning monograph, Bojorquez’s artistic progression is revealed one decade at a time, beginning in the 1970s. His early interest in Los Angeles’s native ‘Cholo’ style graffiti writing was later tempered by his work in Asian calligraphy and his studies at Chouinard Art Institute. As the book unfolds through the decades, the diversity and range of Bojorquez’s work becomes evident: street graffiti, paintings, logos, type intensive graphic design work and forays into cinema and fashion are all executed to the highest level. The illustrations are accompanied by fascinating stories about how Chaz started as an artist and includes an in-depth interview with Amanda Erlanson. Los Angeles art critic Peter Frank also contributes an essay in the telling of this artist’s fascinating life story.USD$59.95
Where’s Banksy? fully captures the drama of this illustrious artist’s exploits on the world stage with clever chronologically-arranged maps. The only survey that looks at Banksy’s entire street art career, from his earliest works in 2002 through Dismaland and to the present, the book details his most significant works one piece at a time, with photos and in-depth analysis of the history of each work as well as its often-deeper meaning. A modern day Robin Hood, Banksy’s public persona has grown to mythic proportions, making his actual identity irrelevant. And yet, he can be found in his art — work that is recognizable and accessible — stylized social commentary for the masses. This stunning new book is the ultimate introduction to the work of this brilliant artist and social pioneer.USD$37.50
The Comag is one darn crazy combination on massive 218 pages. Imagine a comic. Now image every frame is a picture of a Graff and all together tell a story. This concept builds a storyline, which in turn introduces loads of trains and walls. For anyone, who likes a fresh idea and can’t get enough of the ABM Crew.
And btw: this incredible mag/fanzine comes with binoculars, a fabric bag and some real nice stickers!USD$42.95
After ten years of travelling with the finest graffiti artists and documenting their amazing works, Riky Kiwy, an italian photographer, self published his book Un Train Peut En Cacher Un Autre. 190 pages full of trainwritings, from whole trains to carts and pannels and with many unseen footage.
The softcover book also contains 6 amazing und cool stories from artists like Mundial, Lost Shoe aor Young Panda, among others. You'll never get so much insight in the exciting world of travelling in search for steel!USD$26.95
Tony Rubin Sjöman is one of Sweden’s leading contemporary street artists. The art book Rubin: New York / Scandinavia showcases his large scale geometrical murals and brings you to the New York City expat’s studio in Brooklyn. It is a book about art but also about contrasts: beauty versus ugliness, grief versus resolution, the metropolis versus the wilderness.
Tony Rubin Sjöman grew up in a Finnish immigrant home in Gothenburg, Sweden. Today he resides in New York City, where his signature murals can be seen all over the city, from gritty factory walls in the Bronx, to churches in Brooklyn and upscale shopping districts in Manhattan – all bind together by his abstract patterns, reminiscent of Scandinavian design and the brutal architecture of the housing project where he grew up.
Rubin was nine years old when he wrote his first tag. Surrounded by grey concrete and tram tunnels, the walls whispered his name. He grabbed a spray can and set out on a journey that he’s still on today. The move to New York altered his perspective and allowed him to work in a more tolerant environment than that of Gothenburg, where the zero tolerance policy against graffiti has long been the norm. Rubin deconstructed his form of expression, discarded the lettering and perfected his shapes, hence creating a unique aesthetic that carries the art form beyond its boundaries. Rubin’s art is about beauty and grief, alienation, struggle, balance, energy, the cityscape versus wilderness and the notion of class. It’s about a child’s fascination with a magical art form.
“I’m inspired by the contrast between New York City and the wilderness of Lapland, where I have spent the summer months ever since I was a child. Finnish design, such as Marimekko textiles and Alvar Aalto mugs were pretty much basic household items in Finnish working class homes when I was a child but it wasn’t until much later that I learned about architecture and the likes of Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto and Matti Suuronen, and they have all inspired my work. I’m also inspired by the almost Neo-futuristic concrete surroundings of Bergsjön, the neighborhood where I grew up, and that I used to consider ugly – the patterns on the balconies, the shapes of the concrete at the tram stops and the water tower that is shaped like a giant UFO.
While Rubin's abstract and geometrical pieces are rooted in traditional graffiti, they break the rules of the craft with their muted color palette and Scandinavian clean lines. The bookRubin: New York / Scandinavia takes you inside his studio, to art galleries and on a journey through the streets of New York City.
RUBIN: New York / Scandinavia is published by Dokument Press, a market leader in the field of quality books on urban culture and street art for more than 15 years.
Texts by Björn Almqvist, the author of several books on graffiti including Writers United and Graffiti Burners.
Design: Miika TuomivuoUSD$39.95
Since 1998 Peter Stelzig devotes himself fully to taking photos of graffiti art in Berlin. And in his book Analog vs. Digital Trainwriting Artphotography he focuses on all the different techniques of digital and analog photography.
With the help of detailed explanations, assistance according to the equipment and loads of know-how Peter Stelzig wants to encourage people to use far more than the auto-mode of the camera and also communicates a broad spectrum of opportunities by explaining special procedures like double exposure or lomography to the reader. And additionally you'll get some advice concerning slide films, black-and-white films, infrared films and even some tricks for filming with special effects.
Despite the comprehensive guide on photography, the 170 pages show mostly trainwritings on cable cars and undergrounds in Berlin. On more than 300 illustrations Peter Stelzig shows a wide range of coloured trains, which he documented with various techniques over the last 14 years. So this book is not so much a how-to-damage-property guide, it's more a instruction on how to get better at photo documentation.
Artists: Abis, Area, Crush, Drow, Easd, Enter, Fister, Fler, Front, Great, Guard, Heys, Hydro, Inzh, Kaze, Kird, Kicks, Kiss, Lazer, Lazr, Mamba, Matrix, Moar, Nerz, Odik, Oups, Pesd, Rage, Reck, Rino, Roger, Roy, Rumba, Ruzd, Smoc, Shake, Sharp, Skim, Spider, Sone, Sput, Stereo, Tags, Teser, Tok, Tour, Trane, True, Trus, Wild, Zok...1up, Blow, Buzz, Drm, Funkiez, Huskies, Ko, Mrn, Nhs, Rip, Sma, Tck, Tls and many more.
Hardcover, 172 pages, language: English/German.USD$54.95
This Is Not a Photo Opportunity is a street-level, full-color showcase of some of Banksy’s most innovative pieces ever. Banksy, Britain’s now-legendary “guerilla” street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Once viewed as vandalism, Banksy’s work is now venerated, collected, and preserved. Over the course of a decade, Martin Bull has documented dozens of the most important and impressive works by the legendary political artist, most of which are no longer in existence.USD$23.99
Advocator of "Free Your Spirit” Danish graffiti maestro Sabe is a true master of styles that flexes on all levels whether it's with his advanced mechanical letter compositions, new-wave bubble styles, photo-realistic portraits, cartoon characters, or just plain bombing. He is known to mix up these styles to suit the occasion and his mood. Never one to be called a slacker he has an unparalleled enthusiasm for the craft along with a work ethic and execution rate of an army of crews. With a career spanning over twenty-five years Sabe remains active, prolific and influential.USD$14.95
"The idea of style and competing for the best style is the key to all forms of rockin'." – Style Wars, 1983. Are subcultures, like graffiti, floating free in their own space, or are they connected to the rest of society? In Forms of Rockin’, graffiti styles are connected to graphic design and other popular culture expressions such as music, fashion, photography, industrial design and movies for the first time. Anssi Arte analyses some of the most powerful visual symbols of the 1970s, 80s and 90s and compares design, typography and graffiti styles. The visual styles of James Brown, Blade Runner, the Memphis group and grunge music all appear together with classic fonts and graffiti writers. The clear yet analytical narrative and carefully crafted visualizations make it appealing to both graphic design aficionados as well as graffiti enthusiasts. But Forms of Rockin’ is more than that. This is a must for everybody interested in contemporary popular culture and design history. Forms of Rockin' traces and defines the stylistic conventions in graffiti letterforms that have become iconic and globally acknowledged ideals. From the early New York tags to the mid-1990s ugly-fresh styles of Scandinavia, Forms of Rockin’ tells the story of how popular culture and graffiti styles influences each other.USD$29.95
Lost or forgotten were the walls that now proudly carry the messages of calligraffiti artist eL Seed. "Lost Walls", his first book, beautifully and poetically documents these walls, handpicked during his road trip around Tunisia. "Lost Walls" is a calligraffiti journey of discovery for eL Seed, who chronicles the painting of 24 walls in four weeks. Inspired by the reaction to his largest project to date, the minaret of the Jara mosque in his ancestral home of Gabes, eL Seed decided to set out on this month-long personal journey across his motherland, painting "lost" walls along the way. This book provides unique and rare insight into the world of calligraffiti and the Tunisian people.USD$34.99
The art of urban calligraphy, an avalanche of visual poetry and poetic visuals, now in vivid full color. Meulman's iconic new art form, Calligraffiti, has attracted followers within graphic design, architecture, typography, advertising, calligraphy and graffiti. Sharing an interest in the visual arts and an appreciation for print, they understand that a word is an image. Here Meulman expands his ever-evolving artistic territory to include wild paintings and fine art.USD$29.95