Taking inspiration from their entire archives, the fourth volume extracts the absolute essence of Flight Mode. Again augmented, the concept gravitates around a nucleus we all call home. Bigger edition, more pages, increased quality in both content and feel. The book is printed in an edition of 650 copies and comes with an exclusive poster – Memorabilia for your personal journey home. Including international works by acclaimed artists such as Edward Nightingale, Ixap, Alone, Sfaer and many more.
While working on the book TagsAndThrows vol. 001 we decided to make a short documentary about Thomas Karl-Johan Gunnarsson aka OKOK, the man behind TagsAndThrows. We joined him for a walk around Stockholm and talked about bombing, Instagram, internet fame and navigating through cities with the help of vandalism.
In this volume, the first-ever book by TagsAndThrows, we have collected a selection of personal photos by Thomas Karl-Johan Gunnarsson a.k.a. OKOK, the man behind TagsAndThrows. The best hand styles from New York, São Paulo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, documented in black and white, showing not only the styles, but also the atmosphere and street life of those cities. The book spans over 136 pages and features a lot of well-known signatures like False, Klops, Ja, Guns, Katsu, Pear, Tomcat, Easer, Os Gemeos, Sliks, Alone and many more.
It all started during a trip to New York a few years ago. In the beginning TagsAndThrows was just a an easy way to share nice photos of OKOKs pictures of tags for friends via Instagram, but after two years the feed has grown into a full concept with almost 83.000 followers on Instagram, 5 short documentaries on Youtube, fanzines and now a book. The concept is easy, like the art form itself – the most beautiful tags in the world, documented in the most beautiful way possible. The monochrome images captures the simplicity and rawness of street bombin and has become the trademark for TagsAndThrows.
Tell me a bit about your background. You have amassed quite a following with your Instagram account TagsAndThrows. What made you set out to create it? I’m a 35-year-old life-loving artist and entrepreneur from Stockholm, Sweden. In November 2013, after independently working as a manager for music artists for eight years, I decided to fully focus on my own career. This includes me as the artist OKOK and my TagsAndThrows project.
TagsAndThrows is basically my love for the backbone of graffiti writing—tags and throw-ups—in a visual form. I’ve got an Instagram feed with 63,000 followers and more than one million views on YouTube of my short documentaries about graffiti bombers Alone, HNR, Guns, Ozone, Vanity, Bravo, and Lush. I created the feed because I believe that tags are [part of] one of the most interesting subcultures ever and I want to document this part of graffiti more beautifully than anyone else. I hope to give the people already down with bombing the best fix they can get, while at the same time educating people outside the culture. Read the rest of the interview here: www.style.com
Who introduced you to the world of graffiti, and how was it? Was ‘96/’97 and a guy (disappeared few years later) was smashing my polite hometown with tags, outlines and silver pieces everywhere. I got fascinated from him so I opened the vocabulary and I picked up a name to started to write around. Than 90s Hip Hop, the fanzines and the local train scene have done the rest.
Who would you think is the most influent graffiti writer at the moment? By my point some of the kings out there are crews like BST, HM, CTO and some of the classic masters like KEGR, SABE, FAME crew, CP crew, plus some american handstyles. There is a lot more but it’s hard to say everyone.
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