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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810975262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810975262
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Stewart, a painter, muralist, and art historian, first began to photograph graffiti as it made its transition from the streets to the subways. He was one of the first observers to understand the power and significance of tags, and he befriended and interviewed many of the writers who appear in this collection. This text is based on Stewart's doctoral thesis, and has been curated and edited by his wife, Regina Stewart.

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Tons of great pictures.
Nathan
This book is a celebration of graffiti's golden age in the 1970's and fills in a lot of early history.
Graffiti Diplomacy
It is hands down the best book on Writing (not just subway writing) since Subway Art.
Cole T. Only

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Graffiti Diplomacy on December 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This amazing book is based on the doctoral thesis of artist and historian, Jack Stewart. It documents the early development of graffiti on the subways of New York, and examines it's distinguishable characteristics and emerging styles. It clearly demonstrates where the many common motifs found in today's graffiti, such as arrows, 3-D and clouds, originated from.

The book combines 275 full color, previously unpublished photographs with personal interviews of graffiti writers and newspaper articles of the time. The text is well researched, very informative and entertaining. This book is a celebration of graffiti's golden age in the 1970's and fills in a lot of early history. It is beautiful, very well made and is a must have for anyone serious about understanding how the graffiti art form has developed to where it is today. We love this book!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cole T. Only on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a graffiti historian myself, I am always looking for books that deal with the history of graffiti on trains in America. I read Jack Stewarts dissertation (Subway Graffiti; An Acsthetic Study of Graffiti On The Subway System Of New York City 1970 - 1978) long before this book was published. Since it is from that dissertation this masterpiece was derrived, I was familiar with much of it already. However, the copy of the dissertation is in a basic typeset and the photos are poorly reproduced photocopies. With all that said, Graffiti Kings was a refresher course in the birth of Writing for me....in full color. Seeing it all again, this time in full color, made it a welcomed read, now for the 4th time (I read the dissertation 3 times). The fact that he begins with Philly is all but perfect as it lets the world know that what is known today as graffiti, or more accurately Writing, began in Philly. The remainder of the book takes you year by year through the development of the fundamentals of of how this culture began. Because Jack Stewart was not a writer, there is no bias. Anyone who is writes (does graffiti) or anyone interested in writing needs to have this book. It is hands down the best book on Writing (not just subway writing) since Subway Art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HOKESE on May 25, 2009
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well what can i say.short and simple,this book is dope.worthy of your hard earned cash for sure.
full colour flick after flick,great interveiws,even some old graff that i hadnt seen,so for me this was a great delite.
being a huge fan of nyc graffiti,even more so subway nyc graff,this book scores a home run in my book.
i had been waiting for months to peep it,and it was well worth the wait.
also being a hardcover,you know this book will still be in top condition many years from now.
if you like/love any sort of ol school nyc graff,then dont miss out on this book.you will not be disapointed.
i cant even think of something i didnt like it,even the size of this book,fits snugg into your hands..lol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred S. Raymond on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
if you always thot that OGNYC graff started on the Subways then went to the walls, pick up this book and find out that it's really the other way around.
It opened MY eyes, as I always Knew this but never comprehended it. This book is a Spectacular Collection of Stories, Flicks, and Anecdotes from even Pre-Taki 183, just to hep you to the era.

as a fan of OGNYC and Philly Graff, this book was DOPE.
It's EASY to Read, and if you're not a fan, this may very well change yr mind; if you Are a fan, this book will be a cherished piece in yr library.

5 stars with no doubt, Big Ups Mr.Jack Stewart
Peace
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