Category Archives: Photography

Out now! Blade King Of Graffiti, book

bladeBoom! The new Blade book is out now! A 256 pages dedicated to one of my all time faves! We will write a longer review of the book as soon as we got it delivered.

Order it now on Amazon.com: Blade King Of Graffiti ($30.59, list price: $39.99).

“Get the new book from the undisputed King of the 2s and 5s..BLADE TCF…A blast from the past…a ton of never before seen flicks from his personal collection…I got mine…you gotta get yours!! Crazy is as Crazy does!! ” – Skeme 3 Yard King

BLADE has already told his life story through graffiti. Now, more than forty years into his career and armed with an incredible memory, BLADE sits down with Chris Pape to reflect on growing up in the Bronx in the turbulent 1970s, and recounts the highs and lows of his storied career, holding nothing back. BLADE is considered “The King of Graffiti” because, by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers.

More info: Amazon.com: Blade King Of Graffiti.

City As Canvas exhibition at the MCNY

Spray Daily joined forces with the Museum of the City of New York to give you an inside look at their groundbreaking exhibition entitled “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection.” Martin Wong, a New York City graffiti art collector and community stronghold whose life was claimed by AIDS in 1999, gifted his extensive collection of 1970s- and 1980s-era paintings, photography, black books, personal mementos and more created by legends including (but by no means limited to) Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, Cey Adams, Keith Haring and Martha Cooper to the museum in 1994.

Twenty years later, Sean Corcoran, MCNY’s Curator of Prints and Photographs, dreamed up and curated the exhibition – which only includes a fraction of Wong’s graffiti treasure trove – to display the collection for the first time.

Though the exhibition was a long time coming, featured artist Lee Quiñones told Spray Daily that “the gestation period is appropriate at this point,” and celebrated it as an opportunity to introduce the world to graffiti as being a “wholly collectible fine art.”

If you’ll be in New York City between now and September 1st officially been extended through Labor Day. But, if you can’t make it (or, if you’re curiosity’s just been sparked), check out our video for an exclusive peek at the exhibition, its backstory and why honouring the work of graffiti’s forefathers (and mothers) is so vitally necessary to bringing the art form into the future.

If you would like to see more of the exhibition there is also a 260-page book with the same name that was released on the opening. Read more about the book and check the preview at Amazon.com: City As Canvas book.

PREVIEW: Get In, Get Out Zine

Once in a while people send us their books, videos or zines and two weeks ago we received this zine. Get In Get Out is a 26 pages zine filled with action shots from yards and layups around the world. All photos are personal exclusive photos never shown online or in any printed publication before.  These are photos you will not see anywhere online. Get your copy at: http://getingetout.storenvy.com/

TOMCAT Zine by Spray Daily

His styles are simple, simple but everywhere.  His name is well known around the world but he still may be one of the most anonymous and mysterious writers. If you ever been biking around the streets of Copenhagen you know what we are talking about. His tags, throw-ups and roll-ups covers the city from top to bottom. You will find his name on trucks, walls, street signs, roof tops but also on the trains and along the track sides.

Our third publication TOMCAT – “Home is where I take my shoes off” contains a collection of personal photos by Tomcat from 2008-2014. The zine is printed in a limited edition of 300 copies and each zine comes with an A2 poster designed by Tomcat. Available exclusively through our online store. Order your copy now at www.spraydaily.com/shop (world wide shipping).

If you are in Stockholm this week end make sure you swing by the official release at Slussen on Friday. Read more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/646249012130809/

Training Days, a new book by Henry Chalfant & Sacha Jenkins

training-days-bookRead the stories behind the iconic images in Subway Art in the words of the pioneers of the graffiti movement in the late 1970s – early 1980s in the new book “Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now” by Henry Chalfant and Sacha Jenkins. The book will be released by Thames & Hudson in October 2014 but is already available for pre-order at Amazon.com at only $13.96 (list price: $19.95).

Late 1970s New York City was bankrupt and its streets dirty and dangerous. But thecity had a wild, raw energy that made it the crucible for the birth of rap culture and graffiti. Graffiti writers worked in extremely tough conditions: uncollected garbage, darkness, cramped spaces, and the constant threat of police raids, assault by security staff and attacks by rival crews. It was not unlike practicing performance art in a war zone. Yet during the fertile years of the late 1970s and 1980s they evolved their art from stylized signatures to full-blown Technicolor dreamscapes. Henry Chalfant created panoramic images of painted trains by photographing overlapping shots along the train’s length. It took time to earn the writers’ trust andrespect, but Chalfant became their revered confidant and with Tony Silver went on to produce the classic documentary film Style Wars (1983). Through a series of interviews conducted by Sacha Jenkins, we hear the voices of these characters of old New York. Quite a few of the original writers are no longer with us, but those who have survived have continued to push the envelope as artists and individuals in a new millennium.The stories they tell, included here alongside iconic, raw photographs of their work, will enthrall graffiti fans everywhere. 100 illustrations in color and black-and-white

To be released October 2014, pre-order at Amazon: Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now

Product Details
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (October 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0500239215
ISBN-13: 978-0500239216
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches