- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (April 26, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262530511
- ISBN-13: 978-0262530514
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Up: Subway Graffitti in New York Paperback – April 26, 1984
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A concise descriptive history of subway graffiti...well organized, informative and well illustrated....No matter if one judges subway graffiti to be art or pollution, one comes away from Getting Up admiring the ingenuity of the young writers.(Robert R. Harris The New York Times Book Review)
The presence of graffiti is a constant reminder that we have lost control of our environment and an intrusion on the privacy of our riders. Given these circumstances, any thorough study into the root causes of this unwelcome element, such as Mr. Castleman's book, should prove helpful.(Arthur G. Perfall, Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs)
This book is the first and only study of a subculture which has spread its mark all over the city. It tells us about a world that sets its stamp upon urban culture, but one about which most of us know little. No one has really penetrated this culture before... Castleman worked on this for years, and has produced a book which, to my mind, deserves to stand with Whyte's Street Corner Society and Liebow's Tally's Corner. The main virtue of the book is describing who these people are, how they get recruited, how they work, what motivates them, how they relate themselves to school, society, policy, what they think they are trying to achieve in Getting Up-- that is, marking the cars.(Nathan Glazer, Professor of Education, Harvard)
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'Getting Up' is the term used by graffiti 'artists' to describe their success in making their mark on the New York subway system. Through candid interviews, New Yorker Craig Castleman documents the inside story of the lives and activities of these young graffitists.
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As a graffiti artist myself, I related to a lot of the stories told by the artists documented in this book. Craig Castleman portrayed the perfect image of what it's like to be an "artist" and a "criminal" at the same time. The adrenaline of a late night excursion, to the overload of a police chase. At the end of it all, the overall satisfaction of seeing your name roll by on the local transit line.
I really enjoyed looking back at the photos captured in the book. There is a lot of history documented in this piece. The first "whole train", the evolution of the "bomb", to miscelaneous "tagging" are all shown in detail colour pictures.
I feel this book captured the essence of the graffiti culture, and documented the views and opinions of both sides, the artist, and the audience.
"Getting Up" Craig Castleman, definetly a good read, for any audience. Educational and fun at the same time.
I particularly enjoyed the parts about early graffiti gangs in New York and the slang they used - DGA: Don't Get Around (someone who is unknown and/or knows nobody).
Another great part was the description of the whole train by Lee and the Fabulous 5. Great work fellas.
Get up! Somebody say... Get up!
Additional to this, I recommend Subway Art by Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant.