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Everybody's got a new book out.

Discussion in 'Third Rail' started by JerryCurl, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. JerryCurl

    JerryCurl Member

    Joined: Oct 16, 2003 Messages: 333 Likes Received: 0
    It's funny, 6 or 7 years ago a writer having their own book (exclusively featuring their stuff) was unherd of. Now it seem that having a book out is just a new way of getting over, and people push to get thier name on published paper.

    What's your take on all this?
    Is there any books out there that seemed more like a photo-album, then literature? What makes a good book for that matter?

    Hell, even recommend/criticize somebody's book. This is open disscusion.
  2. wiseguy

    wiseguy Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 1, 2002 Messages: 2,543 Likes Received: 1
    i sit in borders bookstore and read all their graff books, they are too damn expensive.
  3. AW

    AW New Jack

    Joined: Oct 17, 2003 Messages: 99 Likes Received: 0
    How is anyone getting over?

    Artists and Designers have whole sections in the bookstores, why should graff writers be any different?

    The Dondi book, Giant One book/zines, Cope book, Dalek, Twist, 123Klan etc. books are all good if your into their art. Plus there are only a handfull of Writers books out anyway.

    I'd like to see more books out there. It's like a snapshot of the times.
    A good book is one that you enjoy looking at.

    One graff book I didn't like was Urban Calligraphy. It had a limited focus, and had people in there that I don't think should have been in it at all.
  4. Sonik3000

    Sonik3000 Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2000 Messages: 2,452 Likes Received: 3
    I am all for every book that's coming out. God Bless. Books go into libraries, and libraries hold history. The web is gonna change this somewhat, but it still really helps the cause.

    Personally I was a big fan of that German Urban Calligraphy book. Maybe it's because I particularly feel what Akim and Zasd are doing with their Jazzstyle concept, which figures heavily. Also, I think that this book does a better job than any other of showing that yes there actually are some Europeans who can drop nasty tags. The nature/architecture/sculpture sections are all great.

  5. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 1
    i just racked a really decent one from Tower the other day. It's a book of graffy inspired art by David Choe (Called CURSIV). Black and White but i like his style a lot. ha, to think they wanted $12

    Sam Flores from S.F. has a real eyebleeder of a book out. Quality on top of quality but dude....$20....that's like...weed money

    Yeah, these little books are great for the toilet or to keep out on the coffee table for guests when you're busy fucking your gf in the next room.

    I just think some of them are grossly overpriced. just steal em'
  6. JUDONO?

    JUDONO? Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2002 Messages: 1,935 Likes Received: 0
    donkey punch^^^^^^^^
  7. Come on Lens, no theft and drugtalk on 12oz, you know that.

    I love books, I wish there were more graff books out, although I did pick up 4 new ones this month alone.
  8. Rolln

    Rolln Member

    Joined: Mar 15, 2001 Messages: 995 Likes Received: 2
    Europe, stop selling your records and going into debt at the local shop for graff books. Well, at least your not spending all the dough on Tuborg.
  9. ^

    Dont call it a 12oz comeback!

    Im having Tuborg tonight.
  10. AW

    AW New Jack

    Joined: Oct 17, 2003 Messages: 99 Likes Received: 0
    Yeah that Sam Flores book is Super Dope!!!
  11. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 1
    Oops, sorry bout dat Europe.

    There are some really cool books to score at upper Playground in S.F.

    Dalek's Nickle Plated Angels is great. Wish i could afford it right now!

    Mizuno Junko (I think) is a wicked artist from japan: sailor moon illustrations on crack cocaine. Great stuff.
  12. fatbastard

    fatbastard Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 30, 2002 Messages: 2,880 Likes Received: 10
    i was in borders about 6 months ago...all they had was the dondi book.
  13. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    Borders is supposed to carry the Art of Getting Over, subway art, spraycan art, and dondi at all their stores but everyone steals them so they're never in stock.

    I've got about a foot-tall stack of graffiti books and I think they're a good thing. First, they lend graffiti a legitimacy that it wouldn't have had before (cracking a book is much more acceptable to the education establishment than whipping out some magazine or a website). Second, as sonik said, graffiti books preserve history. Third, it's not at all remarkable for artists to put out books of their own work. Finally, graffiti books are just cool, dammit.
  14. REZist

    REZist New Jack

    Joined: Jul 15, 2002 Messages: 57 Likes Received: 0
    cursive is choe's second book. his first is "bruised fruit" he's more an artist than a writer, but he does spray paint giant whales on everything.

    is that "urban calligraphy" one a big one with a gray and red cover? I kinda liked that one but it was more art and design than just graff but that's why i liked it. it covered graffiti as well as the styles inspired by it, like 123Klan graphics and stuff.
  15. REZist

    REZist New Jack

    Joined: Jul 15, 2002 Messages: 57 Likes Received: 0
    I just got Futura's book in the mail today. They carry it at borders in the artists section. It's got vinyl stickers inside too. I think it's over 30 bucks but i ordered it used for like 12.