The History of American Graffiti Book

June 16, 2011

“Graffiti, in so many ways, is often a yelling contest.” – Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon.

There are hundreds of books about the graffiti movement that began in the ’70s, but now you can ignore them all:
The History of American Graffiti is the definitive source. The 397-page textbook, categorized by chronology and
subcategorized by American city, presents the history of graffiti as no book prior. A note before the table of
contents sets the tone: that the earliest pioneers of this art form initially regarded themselves as “writers”
and the term “graffiti” as derogatory, many of whom still do. To compile such a comprehensive text,
the authors consulted artists who were there at the beginning, those who had “gone on to become
teachers, artists, janitors, small-business owners, addicts, musicians, law enforcement officers,
murderers, restaurateurs, Pulitzer Prize winners and self-made millionaires.”
Hit the jump for some images of the book.

Words by Bates
Source: Bates

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