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Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers Hardcover – June 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (June 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 379133896X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791338965
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Way before there were all these electronic networks, there was piecebooks. And within the confines of the book's covers, writers explored styles and studied up on the art. With that in mind, Sacha "SHR" Jenkins and David "Chino" Villorente have compiled dazzling pages from the real sketchbooks of graf legends like Zephyr, Lady Pink, Dondi and Sane for Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers (Prestel).

"Piecebooks are also used to collect work from other writers we respect/admire," says Villorente. "There are very few items a writer might buy at 14 years old that they'll still be purchasing and passing around at 41." Through close attention to design detail--simulated duct taped spine, illustration proportions and texture over 200-plus pages--the two have triumphed, where most have failed, in capturing graf's authenticity in book format. --Mass Appeal, Issue # 51 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers" chronicles the evolution of graffiti via images that weren't intended for everyday people to see, focusing on the works of Germany City writers active from 1970s until the mid-1980s.

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A job well done!
J. Grimaldi
Villorente & Jenkins have compiled every toy's fantasy blackbook!
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This book is better than pictures of graffiti.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Ramos on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
i myself grew up a graffiti writer and are quite familiar to all those who contributed art work to this book. it was well done the prologue written by sacha jenkins(another graffiti writer) was well spoken an hit home as we who grew up in the early days of this era of graffiti sub culture can relate to. the art was reproduced with colorful visages that brought it all to life again as if it was done a few hours before i bought the book. each page was a look back to yesteryear, reading the messages that were a staple of the times ''fresh,def,and many other phrases we used then bring memories of an earlier time when it was fun to do the graffiti and create styles of your imagining.special thanks to chino villorente (another graffiti writer) who took the time an the love to put this together!! i truly enjoyed this book tremendously and glad i bought it, any graffiti writer should have this book on the shelf next to all the other homage books of the street life growing up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Juli on May 6, 2008
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PIECEBOOK: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers has successfully compiled a who's who of writer's writers in a format that looks so legit, you'd swear you could feel the grooves in the pages left by pencils and pens... As authentic and realistic as possible, there are even a few blank sheets to get up yourself! I even tried to peel the sticker off the inside cover! Villorente & Jenkins have compiled every toy's fantasy blackbook!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eloise Archer on April 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having always had a fascination for the art of graffiti, I wanted to find a book containing colored pictures. I ordered this book after reading the great reviews, and I was totally delighted when it arrived. This book is better than pictures of graffiti. It is like the artists actually created their designs on the pages of the book! The cover is terrific, too, and there are blank pages scattered throughout...just in case you are inspired to create some art yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graffiti Diplomacy on December 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Piecebook: The Secret Drawings Of Graffiti Writers" has successfully put together a who's who of writers, and gives you an inside look at the world of graffiti through the eyes of NYC street artists. This imitation, old school blackbook is a compilation of incredibly authentic and realistic drawings from the 1970's to 2000, presented as they were originally created: you'd swear you could feel the groves in the paper left by the pens and pencils used to draw them. There are even blank pages in case you get inspired to include your own artwork with that of the great masters. We highly recommend this book to any artist or enthusiast who likes "masterpieces". This book is an outstanding piece of history, and if you are a student of this art form, you will learn invaluable lessons from this book and it's follow-up "Piecebook Reloaded". The follow-up book is organized much better, but that's a small issue, compared to the contents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Grimaldi on March 5, 2009
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A substanial collection of grafitti art that captures the many talents of the sometimes over looked urban artist of NYC. A job well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Preston on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for my birthday recently and I could not be more stoked about what's inside. First of all the intro is written very well by giving the reader just a brief history about graffiti writers from back in the day and how a book like this was cherished among the boroughs.

I have some of my own "piecebooks", if you will, and leafing thru this colorful exploration brought back the nostalgia of hangin' out with friends, listening to some good music, and passing around each others' piecebook to get down!!!

I am truly amazed by the quality of this book and how "realistic" the sketches appear as different mediums were used: ballpoint pen, Design markers, Sharpies®, graphite, etc...

The publishing company did a phenomenal job "piecing" this together!!

If you love "pieces" and have a passion for graffiti, then this book should be in your collection.

Much Respect!

-NewtONE
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on October 4, 2013
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This book is awesome! Very detailed work and nice selection from a lot of graff legends. Def would recommend to add to the library!
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