Rated 5 out of 5
Graffiti is a constantly evolving form and throughout its history, it’s reached beyond the foundation itself. Whether it’s street art or graffiti canvases, eventually it enters new realms that incorporate people and styles that are not directly related to those roots. Calligraffiti, or urban calligraphy, is the newest movement—a fresh wave bringing various calligraphy styles to public walls and large canvases, blending them with graffiti and rolling it all into a new whole. To celebrate this global community and highlight its history, German artists Patrick Hartl and Christian Hundertmark have put together the new book, The Art of Writing Your Name. Through interviews and photographs, it features dozens of artists exploring a fresh landscape of mediums and techniques of large scale lettering. Just to name a few of them, JonOne, Niels Shoe Meulman, Faust, Egs, Luca Bean Barcellona, Saber, Usugrow among many others.
The Art of Rebellion 4 - Masterpieces of Urban Art is the newest chapter of the well-known bestseller series. Author Christian Hundertmark (C100), who is an urban artist himself and respected among the featured artists, provides an insight into the worldwide urban art scene. The concept of this book differs from the broad mass of street art books, as each artist was asked to only send in his personal, very favourite work as well as a text that explains why the particular piece was chosen and what the story behind it is. A lot of big names in Graffiti, such as Nug, Egs, Dmote, Delta, Zedz or HoNet, are featured alongside famous street artists such as The London Police, El Tono, Nuria Mora, Dave Kinsey, SpY or Slinkachu.
Sigi von Koeding aka DARE is a true legend. His 3D-Style is unique and is held in high esteem within the graffiti scene, even so many years after his death in 2010. This is also why it's no surprise that there are some graffiti in Basel, his hometown, which haven't been repainted since 25 years!
The book DARE to be different is one of the biggest collections of his European work - from scetches to large-area graffiti - put into 250 pages. An absolute must-have for your bookshelf.
With Zombie Love by Won from the ABC crew finally comes a follow-up of the successful book Colour Kamikaze who has it all. While interest in zombies and other undead creatures has become mainstream through movies and media, Won has already begun more than a decade earlier to create his own zombie world. He works with an incredible attention to detail, which makes him inimitable.
Chapter 1 is a versatile designed Zombie story, which is brought to life by using various techniques like photos, comics and classic drawings. The special feature here is probably that each image speaks for itself. If you like zombies, this book spreads more Zombie Love than all these mainstream zombie movies from Hollywood. In Chapter 2 - The Chronicles Won shows the best of his work: trains, tuk tuks, helicopters, murals, artwork , toys, drawings and canvases. A visual feast - but we have saved the best for last, as usual. Zombie Love is a must have for all fans of Wons style. But also for all other zombie fans!
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Get Up Stay Up is a practical survival guide for all those newcomers, who need tips and tricks on how to "deal" with the graffiti world challenges. Whether it's making your own ink, to choose the best clothing for get into a yard or how to recognize a subway third rail, the author Danny Crofts has compiled an extensive handbook of easy understanding. 126 pages full of text and simple illustrations, a must-have for the most unexperienced, an interesting reading for the most skilled ones.
1Up, which stands for One United Power, is a Berliner crew risen to the headlines thanks to the huge and obsessive presence of their names in the German capital city... but not only. Whether it's a small tag hidden in the tracks of the Paris metro, a blockbuster made on a building facade in the district of Kreuzberg, or a panel painted on a Copenhagen S-Train, for a keen observer of the European scene of writing, 1UP is synonymous of extreme and uncompromising bombing. This book traces the most significant actions of the group, through 140 impressive pages of photographs, which show that 1UP has become a huge media phenomenon.
Urban Scrawl Notebook comes from a "simple" but effective idea. This new publication contains a collection of ideal images that can be used as background for your creativity: If it's on your head to make a throwup on a shutter, a tag on a mailbox or a wildstyle on a red brick wall, this is the right book... a fantastic alternative to the classic blank pages blackbook, a source of inspiration for your next masterpieces.
With his new VANDALS book Nils Müller finally gives the world a new and most certainly an even deeper insight into the graffiti scene. His pictures in VANDALS, which were taken within the last 7 years, are separated into 10 chapters, that show the different world metropolis. Nils Müller captures their unique characters in his photos. Whether it be London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, New York, Bucharest, Seoul or Caracas. The vivid pictures bring the beholder right into the events. Those photos are even more highlighted by his tales. Again he accompanied artists like Same, Pilchi, Atom, Motiv, Creme, Moses and Taps, Luce, F-ups, and All and Moa. Another landmark in the documentation of the world wide trainwriting scene!