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New York Dick Hardcover – October 26, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935613022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935613022
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Galen Smith is a graphic designer living and working in New York City. In his twenty years as a designer and visual communicator he has created logos and branding systems, CD and LP packaging, posters, books, and a wide variety of graphic ephemera. For the past 10 years he has focused exclusively on book design. His work has been featured in American Corporate Identity, ID magazine, AM New York, and the New York Book Show.

Galen is a graduate of Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and a former faculty member at Parsons School of Design. For the past three years his weekends have been spent documenting poster defacements in the New York City subway system.

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Galen Smith is a graphic designer / art director, and a dedicated documenter of advertising poster defacements. For the past four years his weekends have been spent photographing graffiti in the New York City subway system, there he has gathered thousands of examples of lewd doodles and obnoxious comments added to the advertising posters that line the subway platforms.

In his twenty years as a designer and visual communicator he has created branding systems, music packaging, posters, books, and a wide variety of graphic ephemera. His interest in all forms of graphic communication has been expanded by the study of the poster defacements presented in New York Dick. He has further explored the weird world of NYC graffiti in New York Dumb for iPad, which showcases a wide range of less-than-clever (and generally less-than-creepy) advertising defacements.

Galen is a graduate of Portfolio Center, and a former faculty member at Parsons School of Design. He continues to document poster defacements in the New York City subway system and reports that bored and annoyed New Yorkers show no signs of giving up their pastime of drawing and writing incredibly rude things on advertising posters.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Galen Smith subtitles his book of photographs NEW YORK DICK with the a seemingly straight forward comment: LEWD DRAWINGS AND OBNOXIOUS COMMENTS ON NEW YORK CITY ADVERTISING POSTERS. But what Smith has really done for us is provide a cascade of repeated phallic images as they have been affixed to walls and posters and sometimes simply open spaces in the city. His introduction is edifying in explaining the meaning behind the 'vandalism' and the comparison to the immediate Internet communication means of making anonymous statements is fun to read. And food for thought!

What follows in this well designed and reproduced book are simply photographs of 'defaced' posters with what appears to be the rapid felt tip pen application of hastily drawn male phalluses in the most imaginative places. An added feature to each display of vandalism is an insert showing the original poster or building side with arrows showing the insertion of the spontaneously applied art. Most of the time it is amusing and very often it appears to be making some fearless objections to mass media in general. Some people may find the applied symbols of male temperament offensive and those people don't need to share this book. For the sociologist or for the street art lover there is much to observe and drink in from this off the wall but very entertaining book. Grady Harp, May 11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celena Beck on January 6, 2014
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My friend Will had wanted to start a blog called Dicks in NY because he started quite a fine collection of photographs that all involved phallic images drawn onto various New York advertisements. Once I found this beauty, I knew he'd be disappointed that someone had beaten him to the punch, but he would still be quite happy with the collection. He received it for Christmas and absolutely loves it. And for the Amazon price, who can say no?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RMyers on December 5, 2010
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Great idea for a book! I love the simple, straightforward, no holds-barred message that shines from from New York Dick. "I know what you mean" has never rung so true as in this fascinating compilation of phallic f-you's that cut to the chase and don't beat around the bush, so to speak. NYD will make you wince, giggle and snort with laughter as you thumb through his thoughtful and well executed collection. The running commentary is as engaging as the careful design and the whole package is as funny and captivating as the dangle doodles themselves. A great gift idea for the holidays and the perfect conversation-starting centerpiece for any home that enjoys a good laugh. Well done!
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By Rum Junkie on June 19, 2014
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This was a novelty gift - for the subject matter but also for the New York graffiti aspect. Sort of a twist on the Banksy popularity.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NYCatHeart on September 22, 2013
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I thought this book would be a fun little page turner, but no. It's a smallish book at about 7.5" square, and the content is VERY adolescent - the type of thing most pubescent boys would think is cool. Wasn't expecting full-on porn or smut, but was expecting something a little more grown up.

This one's going in the trash. I would donate it, but don't think most charity thrift shops would put it on the shelf.
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