Category Archives: Reviews

New zine by The Flop Box: ABC #3

theflopbox_abc_zine_3_preview_cover

The Flop Box released a new publication, ABC #3. With no restrictions or parameters given, each artist was free to interpret the first letter of their name however they felt fit, just as long as it remained black and white and was confined to size of a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. Participating artists include Askew, Baer, Curve, Dmote, Enron, Faust, Gorey. Hindue, Isto, Jase, Kaput, Large, Mast, Noah, Omens, Pure, Quake, Remio, Sp.One, Trixter, Utah, Veks, Wands, Xqsme, Yes2, Zephyr and Vizie. 28 pages, 8.5” x 5.5” high quality black and white printing, hand numbered, hand screen-printed cover, various Egg Shell stickers included. Edition of 400. Get your copy at www.theflopbox.com.

theflopbox_abc_zine_3

Video preview: Blade: King of Graffiti book

FreshPaintnyc got their hands on the new Blade book and made a nice video preview. It looking really awesome and if you did’t got your hands on his last book (which is sold out now) don’t sleep on this! The book is available for ordering now at: Amazon.com: Blade King Of Graffiti ($30.59, list price: $39.99).

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.

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

Petrograff Magazine No.3

petrograff-3-coverThe third issue of the Russian graffiti magazine Petrograff just left the printing house. 198 pages filled with Russian graffiti, from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok! Painted walls, trains and memorable pictures from trips abroad.  Interview with rapper Fuze, a selection of works from the team MVP,
and more! For more info visit http://petrograff.com/issues/.

Viral Art, an ebook on street art, graffiti and the internet

Viral Art: How the internet has shaped street art and graffiti, a new ebook by Vandalog editor-in-chief and college senior RJ Rushmore launched today. The entirety of Viral Art is now available to read for free at ViralArt.net and downloadable for free in PDF and EPUB formats here.

Viral Art traces how the histories of street art and graffiti have been shaped by communication technologies, from trading photos by hand to publishing books to sharing photos online. It’s the most comprehensive look to date at what the internet has done for street art and graffiti. Conceptualizing the internet as a public space, RJ concludes by arguing that the future of street art and graffiti may lie in digital interventions.

In researching for this project, RJ interviewed over 50 members of the street art and graffiti communities. In Viral Art, you’ll find brand new interviews, quotes and anecdotes from Banksy, Shepard Fairey, KATSU, Poster Boy, Ron English, Martha Cooper and many more. The cover of Viral Art is an animated GIF by General Howe, featuring artwork by Diego Bergia and Jay Edlin as well as photographs by RJ Rushmore and Martha Cooper.

Nothing. Anyone can read Viral Art for free at ViralArt.net, download PDF and EPUB versions here or pick it up in the iBooks Store.