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Name Tagging Hardcover – Abridged, July 6, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981960065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981960067
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on July 10, 2010
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Not knowing anything about name tags, I found this book much more interesting and informative than expected. The artists who use this medium --- they tag stick-on "Hello! My Name Is ..." labels and then slap them up in public places --- have thought much about their purpose, message, technique, and style, and that comes through clearly in the interviews. Most say name tags offer a means to create art unhurriedly in studio and to post it around the city quickly and easily, with little risk of getting caught. They also allow an artist to get his or her name "up" in many more locales than graffiti does. Some even use labels in other languages --- "Hola! Mi Nombre Es ..." --- to push the form into different cultures.

With its hundreds of photos of examples, this small book succeeds in making visible what is invisible to most of us, and once you finish reading, you'll see name tags everywhere --- and smile.
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Got this little book in the mail today. It is terrific. The pictures are really great and there’s a little bit of descriptive text and interviews to go with them, not too much, just enough. But forget the text – this book is about pictures of tags on stickers, plain and simple. My favorite is the section on CLAW. Just a few pages, but they are great.

Like all books by Martha Cooper, the photographs are crisp, clear, and capture the artistry contained in graffiti tagging. The subject matter is presented enthusiastically and without judgement. This is really how it looks on the streets of a big city, a symphony of visual noise.

If you love to study, collect or just gawk at tags on stickers, this little book is a gem.
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By Jennifer on February 3, 2015
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Good book I think going postal would be more interesting to look at
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2 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dan Priven on February 1, 2011
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Ms. Cooper interviews eleven vandals who mark their territory like a dog, using stolen stickers with their names on them instead of squirts of urine.

The best way to honor the artistic ethos of those profiled in the book is to steal the book from a store, or to order it from Amazon, cover it in unrelated stickers with your name on it and return it for a full refund. It doesn't matter that the author, publisher, and merchant are harmed by doing so. After all, it's art, right?

Vexation at the subjects aside, the book does a fine job showing examples of the form. The interviews are brief and superficial, but that is quite appropriate given the ephemeral nature of the "art" and the perpetrators.
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