"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.
"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. Educating yourself is the most important thing you should do
in your life, and reading lots of smart books will give you a fantastic education.
|If you are interested in learning how to draw your own graffiti, go to our graffiti lessons page and explore the wide assortment of free
techniques we offer to help you create your own graffiti letters. While these are only a small sampling of our letter-building techniques,
we hope you enjoy these free drawing lessons and find them helpful.
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.
Used books are great, but 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?
We don't think so!
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
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.
"Lettering Guide 1 thru 5" by BJ Betts
Coming soon! We just got these books and they are awesome.
"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.
|GRAFFITI BOOK REVIEW VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE - COMING SOON!
If you are a passionate
lover of books like us,
you will enjoy these
book review pages. We
try 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
Disclaimer: There is
something here for
everyone, but not all of
these books are for
children, so do your
own careful and
before purchasing any
graffiti art book.
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.
"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.
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"Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall Of Fame" by Paul Cavalieri
I just got this book yesterday. It is a FANTASTIC book. More to follow in a few days...
Update Dec. 2018: I have hundreds of graffiti books and this one is my best book. I go back to it again
and again for inspiration. The quality is excellent, like a coffee table book. Hundreds of photographs I've
never seen before. Most importantly, if you are a student of old school graffiti, this book has all the
information you need to understand Wildstyle letter construction and both simple and complex piecing. It's
not an instructional book but the information is there in the photographs. I love this book and highly
recommend it. If you were a kid in New York City in the 1980s this book will bring you right back there.
"Join Paul "Cavs" Cavalieri on a journey through graffiti history and the evolution of a major cultural
landmark." - from Amazon
(not in any order)
Our favorite books
*Under the Bridge:
The East 238th Street
Graffiti Hall Of Fame
*Flip The Script
From The Underground
*The Book of Tags
All City: The Book
About Taking Space
*Graffiti Kings: New
York City Mass Transit
Art of the 1970's
*Yard Job NYC
*Piecebook: The Secret
Drawings Of Graffiti
The Birth of Graffiti
*Dondi White: Style
Spraycan Art (Street
New York City Black
*Graff: The Art and
Technique of Graffiti
*Mesh's Book Of Style
more to come...