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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.
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.
Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, better known by their collective name, Os Gêmeos (the Portuguese word for "twins") show some of their more recent works in this incredible book, released for their first american solo exhibition in Boston. For those who don't know them, the Os Gemeos began their street art career in the late 1980s: today they are two of the most prominent public art figures in Brazil, famous for their large-scale murals and adornment of public transportation. Without ever forgetting their genuine nature of authentic graffiti writers. This book is aperfect mix of inside and outside works, so you can concentrate on details on canvases or appreciate theis incredible huge murals. Do you a favour: don't miss it!
The single best collection of photographs of Banksy’s street work. Period. Banksy — You Are An Acceptable Level of Threat concentrates on this singular artist’s iconic imagery, spanning the late ’90s up until the end of 2011. The locations are from around the world (predominantly the UK, US and Europe), and many images have never been seen before. When Banksy started out painting, the political landscape was bleak. Fortunately now, it’s ten times worse. As Banksy’s cheerfully aggressive political work becomes ever more relevant, this comprehensive tome sets about presenting his art in the context of the era he was responding to. More than 250 color illustrations.