"Style : Writing From The Underground" by G Times and Phase 2 -  1998
Revolutions of Aerosol Linguistics

Why are there not 100 reviews posted about this book all over the internet? This book is
simply the best graffiti book ever written in our opinion. We have stacks and stacks of books
on graffiti art and no other book explains the evolution or thinking processes behind the
graffiti art form the way "Style: Writing From the Underground" does.

This book is a paperback, 120 pages or so, printed on medium weight paper with a nice,
low-glossy finish. The photographs and illustrations are crisp and full of important information
on developments and advancements in letter design, starting way back in the beginning with
images of old scool tags. The photos of full color pieces on the trains are excellent as well.
There are not as many pictures as in some other graffiti art books, but this book is not about
pictures anyway.

This book makes it very clear that the most important element of graffiti art is Style. Many
writers are quoted extensively, giving their own take on what they believe style is all about.
Throughout the book, Phase 2, the author, interjects his own ideas and philosophies on
graffiti, style, writers and writing. His comments are very thought-provoking and elevate the
discussion intellectually in a way we haven't seen in any other book. If you really want to
understand this art form from the inside out, you have to read and re-read this book.
Basically this book is brilliant!
The Book Of Tags" by Hassan Massoudy & Barry McGee 2005

In the beginning there was the tag. It took us a while to understand and appreciate what tags
are all about. At first we were like a lot of people who say "I love the big, colorful pieces, but
tags are just ugly scribbles". Then we began to look at tags as calligraphy, and it dawned on
us that tags are really beautiful and an art form all their own.

This amazing book presents 150 influential tags from around the world, presented starkly in
black ink on yellow paper, displayed one per page. In the front are essays by several important
artists and in the back are a collection of black and white photos of taggers in action. This is
an elegantly designed, high quality book and a great study guide for serious students of this
art form. It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny.
"Burners" by Henry Chalfant 2007

In "Burners", Henry Chalfant presents 40 full color window-down subway paintings from the
early 1980's. Window-down means underneath the train's windows. The book is a loosely,
spiral bound catalogue from his show at the Speerstra Gallery, which makes it somewhat
delicate. Each page folds out to display a single, digitally enhanced train car in it's entirety. We
love that each page includes the number of the car. The colors are so vivid and bring these
old trains to life. It is a beautiful presentation and every page is a surprise. This book
demonstrates that although not every graffiti writer is a great artist and not every painting a
finished masterpiece, you can still get valuable insights and information from studying all of
the artworks in graffiti's 30 year plus history.
so far:
(not in any order)

Our favorite books
have stars:


***Flip The Script


*Parallel Strokes


*Style: Writing From
The Underground


*The Book of Tags


All City: The Book
About Taking Space


*Burners


*Graffiti Kings: New   
York City Mass Transit
Art of the 1970's


RackGaki: Japanese
Graffiti


*Brooklyn Queens
Freight


*Yard Job NYC

Graffiti NYC


*Piecebook: The Secret
Drawings Of Graffiti
Writers


The Birth of Graffiti


*Dondi White: Style
Master General


Spraycan Art (Street
Graphics/Street Art)


New York City Black
Book Masters


*Graff: The Art and
Technique of Graffiti


*Mesh's Book Of Style


more to come...
"Parallel Strokes" by Ian Lynam 2008

This is a fascinating book, written by graphic designer Ian Lynam. It is a collection of
interviews with 19 contemporary typeface designers, graffiti writers and lettering artists from
around the world. The book was published in a limited edition of 1000 and is printed with a
single color: burgundy on white matte paper. Along with an excellent essay by the author, it
is full of interesting pictures to illustrate the text, all printed in burgundy. This is not a
full-color, fancy book. Instead, it is a brilliant inquiry into the history and development of
lettering today. The book explores how lettering relates to, and has been influenced by
graffiti and type design. We love this book.
THE BEST GRAFFITI BOOKS - BOOK REVIEWS - Page 1
We want to encourage everyone to read books. Libraries are closing all over the country and/or
transferring their archives to digital formats, so printed books are definitely on the decline. But
no matter what form books take reading them will make you smart. We know from experience
that educating yourself is the most important thing you can and should do in your life and
reading lots of smart books will give you a fantastic education.
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Graffiti Book Reviews by Graffiti diplomacy
The main reason we are reviewing books on
this website is because we totally love them.
We own hundreds of books (probably more
like thousands, but who's counting), which
are on shelves in every nook and cranny of
our studio, on all kinds of topics. Most of all
we love graffiti books. Here are the reviews
for some of our favorite graffiti art books
which include classic titles such as "Spraycan
Art", as well as new books like "Flip The
Script". There are lots of great used books
you can find on
Amazon.com or at Strand
Books
in Manhattan here. But still, there is
nothing like the smell of fresh ink on a brand
new, crisp, hot-off-the press book. Is it
possible to love books too much? HMMM....
BOOK REVIEWS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
"Flip The Script" by Christian P. Acker
This book is PERFECT!

The construction is first class. The black cloth cover has metallic blue writing embossed on the
front. It's printed in only black and white with a touch of dusty blue for accents, but that works
just right for the subject matter. There is a light blue, elegant ribbon attached to the spine to
use as a bookmark. Pure artistry! But that's not what makes this book so special.

The book covers the history of tagging with a breakdown and discussion of handstyles by
geographic locations. Very informative. We learned a lot we didn't know. But that's not what
makes this book so special either.

What makes this book so special is that each tagger/writer presents an alphabet from A-Z.
Included are some remarks from the writers themselves explaining their thinking process. At
the top of each writer's page is his/her own tag for comparison. This book handles the topic of
graffiti tagging as seriously and with as much depth and respect as would be given to any
classical art form. Think sculpture or painting. We use this book as an instructional manuel and
workbook. We refer to it everyday and always find new insights.

This book raises the bar for graffiti art books.
Flip The Script - Book of Graffiti Tag Handstyles by Christian P. Acker
Style - Writing From The Underground - Revolutions of Aerosol Linquistics
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"Lettering Guide 1 thru 5" by BJ Betts

Coming soon! We just got these books and they are awesome.
Custom Lettering Guide 2 - by BJ Betts
"Hall of Fame: New York City" by Alan Ket for On The Run Books 2005

Coming soon! We finally got around to studying this book closely and it is amazing.
Parallel Strokes by Ian Lyman
Lettering Guide by BJ Betts
The Book of Tags - by Hassan Massoudy
Hall of Fame- New York City - by Alan Ketts
Burners - by Henry Chalfant
GRAFFITI BOOK REVIEW VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE - COMING SOON!
If you are a
passionate lover of
books like us, you will
enjoy these book
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to be as honest as
possible with all of
our reviews, but we
can't hide our
enthusiasm about
how much we love
these great graffiti
books.


Disclaimer: There is
something here for
everyone, but not all
of these books are
for children, so do
your own careful and
thorough research
before purchasing
any graffiti art book.
LEARN TO DRAW GRAFFITI ART
GRAFF: The Art & Technique of Graffiti (Paperback)

In this excellent book, graffiti artist Scape Martinez offers step-by-step instructions on how to
create graffiti art. The book covers all aspects of graffiti,such as tagging, letter development,
color selection and spray painting techniques. Full-color demonstrations and easy-to-follow
text accompany a timeline tracing graffiti's history throughout the book. We love this book
and use it a lot for reference.
Graff - The Art and Technique of Graffiti
"Graffit NYC" by Hugo Martinez- Photos by Nato 2006

This book offers a very unique perspective that you don't see every day except on the gritty
streets of
New York City. It is for serious-minded people who are interested in the mechanics of graffiti:
Tags and Throw-Ups. There is a section of commentary from active graffiti writers that is really
interesting and insightful. We liked this book and found it exciting. If you're looking for Pieces
or Murals, this book isn't for you. This book demonstrates where graffiti starts.
Graffiti NYC - Review by Graffiti Diplomacy - author Hugo Martinez
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, or our tag book. If you have a favorite graffiti book or a review we'd like to
share, we'd love to hear from you. We are working on a new book series about
graffiti arts and
crafts
which will be available soon.