YO! You should read this before posting.

The function of this site is two-fold: one function is to make available commentary and interview material that didn’t make it into the book. Considering that the rough draft I gave to my publisher was twelve thousand words over the forty thousand word limit in the contract, there is a significant amount that I post here. The second function is for additions and corrections to the book material that have or will come to my attention since publication. As well, things change easily in this scene: for example, already a number of writers have left crews that they were presented as part of in the book. Included are some important photos that were cut from the book for reasons beyond my control, such as Neo/MAK’s Mickey Mouse piece on the 110.

A street-based activity is not easy to represent accurately, and though I consulted many sources, other legitimate voices may have differing perspectives. Writers emphasized in the book were chosen according to what veteran writers emphasized and writers that illustrated points in the text.

An important point that I would like L.A. writers to understand is that some writers are not represented in the photos as much as they deserve to be because no GOOD pictures were available, and since this is a professional project and not just for the graff community, awful photos of important pieces (by Ayer or Gkae for example) were not included.

Between the book and the accompanying CD-Rom, I believe over two hundred writers are represented in over nine hundred photographs. Significant writers with deeper history and presence are emphasized over relative new-comers, talented though some may be.

What is represented in the book may be a fraction of the writers that have come and gone, but most of the major players are represented.

I welcome input from the L.A. graffiti community, and the useful posts will be a permanent part of the record here. People writing in just to whine OR BE POST-BANGERS will be deleted. You can send me commentary either through posting, or through e-mail at graffiti@graffitila.com.

5 Responses to “0) This site is in support of the book “Graffiti L.A. Street Styles and Art.””

  1. on 03 Feb 2008 at 6:55 amsantiago castro

    i am Santiago Castro, i write graffiti and study art in the university.

    I am making an investigation of: “the writting” and “the fine art”… what is the relation of the writting in the contemporany art, and the historic vanguards, postvaguards……..i want know if any historian of art write of the writting…….like, if the graffiti afected at white cube…..i wnt to know the barriers between writting and white cube……..

    i am very interested in your work, ….and i will want to read more of your curaturies….if you can send me text for support or any document for i know more of this……

    tnx for your time,

    i expect answers.

    Very trully yours.

    Santiago Castro

    pd: sorry for the language….. my english is very bad.

  2. on 13 Jan 2009 at 9:42 pmMario C.

    Thank you for all your dedicated work.

    Any roll call from MYL in the valley.
    Exakt MYL

  3. on 20 Feb 2009 at 7:06 pmANSER304 DAC

    Mabe one of these days steveWP you could visit our school and judge us on our art because I arranged a group of taggers (as everyone calls us) that are open minded and free in graff.
    David Starr Jordan High School. Los Angeles CA.(WATTS)

  4. on 09 Jul 2010 at 10:17 pmmark7

    A very good book indeed.

  5. on 28 Jun 2011 at 6:19 amKrasp One


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