Nr. 1 in streetwear category
Japanese tattoo was a secret art form in the early 1970s. The masters for the traditional techniques worked in small studios and tattoing was something for a distinguished few. In 1970s, when renowned street art and hip hop photographer Martha Cooper came to Tokyo, she decided to focus on this secret art and began documenting the life and work of traditional Japanese tattooist Horibun I. Tokyo Tattoo 1970 is a book about the traditional art of tattooing and a portrait of a master artist.
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Santa Cruz T-shirt with print on front.
International icon of black ink, artist Mike Giant incorporates a broad swathe of influences and skills in the creation of a singular, unmistakable aesthetic. Mike's central practice, drawing, is informed by his training in architectural drafting, his illustrious career as a tattooist and worldwide exploits writing on walls. Within his latest and most complete monograph, the reader will enjoy photos of perfectly executed tattoos, page after page of Mike's inscrutable tattoo flash, hand lettering nonpareil, and of course tons of drawings, graffiti pieces and action shots. Giant's worldwide travels — inking people, places and finer drawing paper around the world from Amsterdam to London, Thailand, Toronto, New York and back home to San Francisco are also given due prominence. Buddhism, track bikes, designing for apparel brand Rebel8, and painting fill Lesage's hours, but at the end of the day, it all comes full circle, back to his unwaveringly mindful solid black lines.
Carhartt T-shirt with print on front.
Upper Playground T-shirt with print on front.
Rockwell T-shirt, artwork by Parra.
Distinctive hand style lettering is an essential skill for artists and designers. Deftly executed hand crafted letter forms are a nearly forgotten art in an age of endless free fonts. Graffiti is one of the last reservoirs of highly refined, well practiced penmanship. The most reviled and persecuted form of Graffiti, the Tag, is seldom appreciated for the raw beauty of its skeletal letter forms. Most tags are removed immediately, and thus the casual viewer seldom has a chance to discern the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles. Handselecta‘s Flip The Script is a book where author Christian Acker analyzes several graffiti hand styles and presents the way each alphabet is written much like a classic typography book would. A passion for tagging and what it means to those graffiti writers. Featuring Pone, Sabe, Renos, Smoker, Arke, Cool Disco Dan, Gouch, Smart Crew, Sure & Faust and many more.