Graffiti L.A.: Street and Art

Graffiti L.A.: Street and Art


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Long before graffiti was adopted as the visual expression of hip-hop culture in the 1980s, Chicano gang members in East Los Angeles had been developing stylized calligraphy and writing on walls. Cholo (gangster) scripts became the first distinctive letter forms to evolve in the modern vernacular tradition of graffiti writing. Today Los Angeles writers of diverse backgrounds draw from a unique confluence of cultures that has led to regionally distinctive styles.

Graffiti L.A. provides a comprehensive and visual history of graffiti in Los Angeles, dating back to the 1930s, as well as an in-depth examination of the myriad styles and techniques used by writers today. Complementing the main text, interviews with L.A.'s most prolific and infamous writers provide insight into the lives of these fugitive artists. Essential to the understanding of the development of the graffiti movement, this book will be an invaluable source to graffiti fans around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810992986
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Steve Grody saw spray can art begin to appear around Los Angeles's streets and walls in the 1980s and immediately recognized its creativity and verve. Since 1990, he has been driving across Los Angeles searching its back alleys, washes, and abandoned lots for this vernacular art. James Prigoff coauthored the bestselling Spraycan Art in 1987. He lectures and writes extensively on graffiti art.

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Solar-Moon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! The format is mainly interviews with the artists with tons of stunning photographs. After reading it you will never look at graffiti in the same way again. The author really gets into the world of these "writers", as they call themselves. I was surprised to learn they have a code of ethics, a very respected lineage, a structured way of organizing their work, and are anti-gang (although much of their lettering is influenced by them). I left the book with mixed emotions. On the one hand, these are individuals engaging in an illegal activity (vandalism). On the other, they are some of the most talented artists in society, and most use the graffiti lifestyle as an alternative to more violent outlets. As with any great book, it leaves you thinking about a lot of things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago