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An excellent book about a unique form of expression,
This review is from: Graffiti 365 (Hardcover)
This book provides a sweeping survey of graffiti art, including the styles and artists, materials used and techniques, and even an article about the vandal squad (a NYCPD team dedicated to apprehending graffiti artists). It's a great book to page through at random. The characters behind the work come alive in vivid detail. There's Owen Dippie, who did striking full-face portraits for Biggie Smalls. Keith Haring is here -- at one point he was asked by police officers for his autograph rather than being arrested. These are by no means stories about only the New York scene -- the book covers art and artists from other American cities and around the world as well. It's beautifully designed and photographed, with each page edged in a unique color as if spray painted on.
The author must know what he is talking about. Jay "J.SON" Edlin grew up in New York during the 70's and 80's. His frank retelling of his heyday in the foreword makes interesting reading. He slyly includes a description of his own work in the book -- under one of his other monikers, Terror 161 -- complete with third-person description, just like everyone else he covers.
I must say, I used to think of graffiti artists as just a bunch of thoughtless delinquents. The true story, as told in this impressive book, is much more nuanced. I keep it on my coffee table with other art books I'm proud to share with my guests.