Graffiti writing was born in the streets of Philadelphia in the late 1960s. But it was in New York in the early 1970s that it became a full-fledged urban art, gradually taking over the landscape of the city, from its walls to its subway cars. In these years when this art form was emerging, graffiti pioneers laid its foundations through the constant game they played with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, which they distorted and highlighted in the tags that they painted on walls. In the first section of this book, Woshe recounts the incredible story of the birth of this culture. He then offers us a detailed examination of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, their structure and the ways in which graffiti writers have made them evolve. This study is enriched with a wealth of illustrations and examples of the customizations that artists add to their letters. At the end of the volume, ten of the international scene’s most talented graffiti creators answer Woshe’s questions about matters that include their practice, their relationship with letters and their cultural references. This is a writing manual, an inspiring collection of ideas and a beautiful book on the world of graffiti, but above all it is a declaration of love for this culture that mixes urban performance and mastery of letters.
Size: 22,3 x 2,6 x 27,1 cm
„The idea of style and competing for the best style is the key to all forms of rockin‘.“ – Style Wars, 1983.
Are subcultures, like graffiti, floating free in their own space, or are they connected to the rest of society? In Forms of Rockin’, graffiti styles for the first time are connected to graphic design and other popular culture expressions such as music, fashion, photography, industrial design and movies. Anssi Arte analyses some of the most powerful visual symbols of the 1970s, 80s and 90s and compares design, display typefaces and graffiti styles. The visual styles of James Brown, Blade Runner, the Memphis group and grunge music all appear together with classic fonts and graffiti writers.
The clear yet analytical narrative and carefully crafted visualizations make it appealing to both graphic design aficionados as well as graffiti enthusiasts. But Forms of Rockin’ is more than that. This is a must for everybody interested in contemporary popular culture and design history.
Forms of Rockin‘ traces and defines the stylistic conventions in graffiti letterforms that have become iconic and globally acknowledged ideals. From the early New York tags to the mid-1990s ugly-fresh styles of Scandinavia, Forms of Rockin’ tells the story of how popular culture and graffiti styles influences each other.
Anssi Arte (b. 1981) is a Helsinki-based graphic designer specialized in visual identities and brand architecture. He has a formal (MA) education in graphic design from the Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Besides graphic design he is a graffiti enthusiast since childhood, specialized in studying and practising the traditional European and Scandinavian letterforms and aesthetics.
Size: 22,5 x 21,5 x 1,8 cm
Publisher: Dokument Press
Author: Anssi Arte
Graffiti, Tags, Throwups, Blockbuster, Wildstyles – die Begriffsvielfalt ist so bunt wie die Handschriften der Künstler. Mit »Graffiti School« liegt nun der ultimative Überblick zu allen Fragen rund um die Kunst aus der Spraydose vor. Auch wenn die Meinungen, ob das kunstvoll oder eher kriminell ist, häufig noch auseinandergehen, hat zumindest der Markt längst entschieden und honoriert die Arbeiten von Aktivisten wie Banksy oder Blek le Rat ebenso hoch wie die anderer zeitgenössischer Künstler.
»Graffiti School« liefert in diesem Diskurs neben einem kurzen Überblick über die Anfänge der Graffitikunst vor allem jede Menge praktische Anleitungen und Basiswissen: von der Zusammensetzung, Handhabung und Pflege der Graffiti-Ausrüstung bis zur illustrierten Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitung für Gestaltungselemente und Techniken. Zahlreiche Bildbeispiele von Graffiti aus aller Welt ergänzen dieses Manual. Der Autor Christoph „Jeroo“ Ganter kann dabei auf seine eigene Erfahrung als Graffitikünstler zurückgreifen.
300 farbige Abbildungen
Size: 21 x 29,7 cm (DIN A4 Portrait)
Author: Christoph Ganter
A lot has happened since the release of Vienna Murals´s first book.
An introduction to more than 100 additional artworks all over Vienna.
Over 100 pages, A5 landscape format, soft cover. In English. With maps and photos of murals in Vienna, including background infos, who certain artworks were painted by, when, and also who curated them and info about interesting galleries, festivals, agencies, curators etc that all make our city more vibrant and colourful.
Go out and explore the city yourself.
VOLUME 2 acts as an appendix that can be used alone or together with VOLUME 1 – showcasing artworks that were not included in any of Vienna Murals´s books before.
Size: 21 x 14,8 cm (DIN A5 Landscape)
Author: Thomas Grötschnig