October 11, 2010
Rockin’ it Suckers. New York City’s Most Wanted Graffiti Vandals book will be a massive hit with the graf heads around the world when it drops. This is a book about the infamous RIS crew that tagged, bombed, and threw up all around NYC in the late 80′s through to the 90′s along with a collection of their work. The book also features essays by Duel, Fuzz One, JA One, Ket and Noxer and graffiti by Bruz, Cro, Det, Ghost, Reas, Sane, Smith, Veefer and more. Read more about the book after the jump.
Rockin’ it Suckers by Alain “KET” Maridueña & Cousin Frank
The inside story of the crew that has kept graffiti alive in New York City for the past 20 years in new book from Dokument Press.
Some call it art others vandalism. For the members of the infamous RIS crew the label doesn’t matter. Rockin’ It Suckers is the story of New York City’s infamous RIS crew in their heyday, told through their own pictures and from their perspective.
New York in the late 80s: A city tormented by crack and violent crime. At the same time the golden age of hip hop was in full bloom, and despite the violence some found room for creativity. As the authorities decided to clean up the city and a zero-tolerance policy towards graffiti was instituted, a group of kids got together to taste the last of the city’s painted subway trains. The RIS crew was determined to keep the trains colourful and decided to wage their own war with the city. As a result, they took over New York with style, and along the way became one of the world’s most important and influential graffiti crews.
Rockin’ It Suckers is a personal, unpolished art book that captures the age of a new departure in New York, for graffiti and for the city’s youth. Essays by Duel, Fuzz One, JA One, Ket and Noxer. With graffiti by Bruz, Cro, Det, Ghost, Reas, Sane, Smith and Veefer among others.
”RIS is the id of graffiti; Dirty, dangerous, wild and free.”
“They are vandals and nothing more than vandals.”
-Spokesperson for the NYC transit police
“Rockin’ It Suckers proves the RIS crew’s indelible mark on New York City and graffiti culture worldwide.”
- Abbey Goodman, Executive editor at RollingStone.com
“The RIS book is nuts.”
- Barry McGee