Monday, 28 March 2011

Off The Shelf

The History of American Graffiti

Bus Hoppers, Freight Movement, Throw ups, Wall Sprays and good ol Taggin!

Wow what a Book!
If a bit of graffiti history hits the spot, then this 400 pager is the one for you.

Roger Gastman sent us his book over for a review and we tell ya what, its a good un.
Everything that you wondered about is in here, the introduction of making a mark with the original Magic Marker Pen (I remember those, said someone in the Collective office) and early forms of aerosol spray which both appeared on the market in the 1970's, this kick started the tag scene in a big way.

Authors Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon spoke to at least 500 people throughout the US and the World - hookin up with the "back in the day guys" like Taki 183 the godfather of tag, Cornbread, LSD, Dino Nod, Stay High149 and loads more...

The book travels through the states of the USA catchin up with the LA, NY, Phily scenes to name just a few. It also profiles the names that made that area famous like New Orleans' bad boy, Risk and Queens', Iz the Wiz!

Then it lands on the European Movement picking up in 1982 with Amsterdam's, Shoe; Dutch born, Cat22 and more. Another ace fact is the European spray paint companies were far more advanced than the North American companies up until 2000... stick that in your pipe and smoke it☋

What lurks behind the dust cover...we had a tentative look and were pleasantly surprised.

All in all, a damn good read and the visuals are class as well!

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