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Paperback Subway Art Book

ISBN: 0500292124

ISBN13: 9780500292129

Subway Art

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In 1984 the groundbreaking Subway Art brought graffiti to the world, presenting stunning photographic documentation of the burgeoning movement in New York. Thirty years later, this bible of street art has been updated with over seventy photographs not included in the original edition and new insights on an incredibly rich period for urban art and its legacy. In new introductions, authors Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant recall how they gained entry...

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10 out of 10 no doubt

this book along with spraycan art,getting up,stylewars,wild style,beat street,countless video clips & so on started the world wide graffiti and hip hop culture. when i first got this book seven years ago ive spent a good 20 hours studying it. this book is well known as the most stolen book in the u.k from the set of two " graff bibles " spraycan art being the other one if you don't have this book and you like old school ny trains from where it all started you really need to get this book MUST BUY.

Essential and important

The epitome of classic NYC graffiti, Subway Art has become the veritable Bible for this particular subculture that has exploded around the United States, and also the world ( just to name a few: Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Amsterdam, France, and Japan ). Contained herein are the masterpeices by the Kings of the Line, Dondi ( R.I.P. ), Blade, Lee, Kase, Seen, Lady Pink and a host of others. The pictures are large and there are some fold-outs, capturing the SIZE and LENGTH of what are basically moving steel masterpeices. There is a brief line or two about tags and throw-ups, but the book concentrates more on top-to-bottoms, window-to-bottoms, and whole cars. What is important about this book is its documentation of an up and coming subculture that basically gave a big EFF YOU to an environment that was comparable to some 3rd world countries by creating an art that was not only dangerous ( in its execution ), but creative, and beautiful. The message that "we are here, and WE SHALL BOMB", in SPITE of Transit Authoriy and the indifferent system which placed them there is characteristic of adversity which spawns creativity ( the same adversity that created Hip-Hop ) . An important peice of work, and a must for art afficiandos and graf & hip-hop heads alike.

Whos who in old school graffiti!

Meet the real writers who started it all! On location footage and tons of old school graffiti flavor makes this book just about as real as it gets. Check out the old school writers and their early masterpieces. Dondi, Skeme,Futura,Lady Pink and Zephyr are just a few of the kings of the New York Metro System you'll get to meet in this bible for studying the styles and the people who made graffiti what it is today. Wanna do your graffiti homework? You'll be a graduate in old school style New York Graffiti after having read this one!

Subway Art

the book is the best! i used it for a book report and i got an A. It has various artist and some hard to find pieces of famouse artist work.I am from the San Francisco bay area and i have seen lots of Trains with pieces on it but this has it all.


This book is the BE-ALL End-ALL source for anyone even remotely interested in graffiti art! Regardless of whether or not you actually indulge in the creation itself spawned by these original new york train masters, this piece is a must-read.
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