Andrea Nelli was in his twenties when he went to New York for the first time. He saw BIG-O 116, EVIL ERF 14, RAT FINK 131, SUPER KOOL 223 written on the walls. In the beginning he thought of them as strange ideograms but he was even more fascinated to find out that the inscriptions were actually names. He decided to archive this phenomenon by taking pictures and to make it the subject of the thesis for his degree on Literature. He got in touch with many cliques of writers that open him the doors of New York.
Big names, as COCO 144, were his guide. Graffiti a New York by Andrea Nelli is the re-edition of one of first books about Graffiti Writing, published for the first time in 1978.
This book conserves the original text, precious and rare document of an unthinkable research for that period. It contributes to the historical memory of Graffiti Writing with amazing pictures about the styles and the first tags of Manhattan Heights.
More than 100 pictures of Names and historical pieces photographed by Andrea Nelli accompany the text, true in the form and in the content.
Graffiti a New York is a true witness about Graffiti phenomenon in his early years of birth.
Size: 17 x 25 cm Cover: Hardcover Pages: 190 Language: English Year: 2012 Publisher: Wholetrain Press Author: Andrea Nelli ISBN/EAN: 978-88-976400-0-4
A unique work. Verbal and visually lucid madness. A supersonic voyage between loneliness and alienation in contemporary society.
Through the use of writing in its most visionary and majestic form – the whole car – associated with poetry that is strongly expressive in its slam inspiration, this book has the merit of inaugurating a form of sincere and original expression, with absolutely amazing potential. Prepare yourselves for a surprise: even if he finds himself in a trainwarehouse or sitting at a table with a pen in hand, Frank Veleno is always doing something new. And it concerns us all.
Size: 27 x 17 cm Cover: Hardcover Pages: 100 Language: English Year: 2011 Publisher: Wholetrain Press Author: Frank Veleno ISBN/EAN: 978-88-904178-2-5
Rae Martini, a prominent figure on the international street scene, comes face to face with painting and artistic expression for the first time in the early 90s. For over twenty years he serves as one of the greatest exemplars of the Italian Graffiti movement. Along with only a few other artists, he has managed to concretize his artistic development. With so much graffiti on streets and trains in so many European cities, he pursued an artistic career dedicated to the world of paint and canvas. Just like railroad tracks, these two parallel domains intertwine and influence each other with the aesthetics and experiences of two worlds, distant, yet close; hardly any artists from the graffiti scene are so committed to their work and beliefs that they are capable of bringing urban setting and street culture into the world of fine art galleries. Over the last two decades, Rae Martini has been able to dedicate himself to these two worlds using a common starting point: sketching on paper.
Size: 30 x 24 cm Cover: Hardcover Pages: 208 Language: Italian Year: 2012 Publisher: Damiani Author: Rae Martini ISBN/EAN: 978 88 6208 207 5