Train Track Memories is a book about train writing in Stockholm, presenting exclusive pictures from 2012 and all the way back to the groovy mid-eighties.
The idea to write your name on a train and watch it roll through the city, first became popular in New York in the early seventies. The phenomenon appeared in Stockholm about fifteen years later, since then the city’s subway and commuter trains have been painted frequently. But one important thing has changed since the mid-eighties — train writing today attracts little attention. Once painted trains could roll throughout the city for months, now they are generally taken out of service immediately. The paintings are removed before hardly anyone other than their originators and a couple of rail workers have seen them. What was once a public art form available for everyone to see, has become a private game only accessible to the players. This collection of private pictures and personal memories from some of the most prolific writers in the history of Stockholm is an attempt to yet again make train writing visible to the general public. The book features writers like Akay, Ape, Beges, Detch, Erir, Healr, Hnr, Kaos, Ribe, Rilo, Skil, Termit, Terror, Triss & Weston.
Blått Stål (Blue Steel) is a unique chronological story about the graffiti train writing scenen on the commuter trains of Stockholm. It is the most solid historical document that addressed this topic ever. Over a hundred painters, drivers, cleaners, security guards are heard to give the overall picture of three decades of this until today controversial culture.
Today, the classic old blue train type X1 only a memory. The majority of Stockholm residents who traveled with it daily do not even reflect that their transportation to and from work, school or daycare has changed colour and shapes. For others it is an era gone to the grave. Blue Steel provides a unique insight into an otherwise very closed and difficult understood subculture, graffiti on trains. While the book is a declaration of love and a nostalgic journey through Stockholms graffiti scenen on the commuter trains from the first painting in the mid 80’s until today, you will also experience the consequences of graffiti and it backsides.. Get a glimpse behind the graffiti guards secret methods, the “blue painters” routines and marvel at the graffiti writers stories, sacrifices and human destinies.
The book Blått Stål (Blue Steel) is a chronological unique story about graffiti culture in Stockholm on the commuter train. It is the most solid historical document that addressed the topic ever where a hundred painters, drivers, cleaners, security guards are heard to give the overall picture of three decades of this until today controversial culture. We got the chance to have a chat with one of the editors.
How did you get the idea to make the book and why is it only focused on the Stockholm commuter?
The last classic blue Stockholm commuter train was taken out of traffic and scrapped out during the spring 2011. All of us friends that made the book grew up on along the commuter-line on both the north and the south side for us it was no doubt that the book should be about these trains, in most medias the subways are raised to the sky’s Let me quote Dano in the book from his chapter “The subway are like schlager-music and the commuters are like heavy-metal!”
How many hours did you guys put into this project and would you still make the book if you knew before how much work it was? We have been working on the book for two years time, all of us put in every hour possible, blood, sweat and tears!
The book not only feature interviews with the writers, you also interviewed some of people from “the other side”. How did you get in contact with them and why do you think they chose to participate in the book?
Through contacts, its a small pond, either if you are a writer, driver, buffer or from the vandal-squad we will find you!
Did you manage to get interview with all the people you wanted to include in the book or do you still have some favorites that you couldn’t get hold of?
We are very pleased about the result, I think its a impossible task to cover 100% of 30 years of train graffiti but this is our story about what happened and I think we covered it as good as possible.
Do you have a part in the book that you are extra happy with?
Looking back now when the book is finally finished I would have a hard time to point out a specific part, its a chronologic story and all the puzzle pieces are important for the whole picture, for us I think the possibility to bring out unpublished material and spread our whole story around the subject is the main goal.
The book is only available in Swedish, on our international readers behalf – will there be an English edition later?
Its our ambition and i hope Stockholm train graff still hot out there in Europe, first of all of us that busted our balls working on the book need a cold beer or two at the release party!
The book will be released the 26th October, more info in swedish over here
“The Graffiti God” Is the mural made by two great graffiti writers from Sweden: Kaos (Vim,Moa) and Fits (Fame). Made in September 2013 in Lublin, Poland (Farbiarska 7 St.) during LFG: All My City festival.The mural made with cooparation with Brain Damage Gallery and Dope Cans. So now you are more than “welcome to the magic world of graffiti… made by Fits & Magic Motta!
Blue Steel is a unique chronological story about the graffiti culture around the Stockholm commuter. For three decades graffiti writers have been painting thees steel monsters and now they are gone for ever. It is the most comprehensive historical documents ever dealt with the subject. A hundred graffiti artists, drivers, cleaners and security guards are heard together to give an overall picture of this still controversial phenomenon.
The writers that will be featured in the book are: Dano, Slisk, Erse, Star, Fher, Aman, Skil, Nug, Slice, Kaos, Sear & Dne. Also watch the trailer about the book here and the facebook event you got here