August 24th, 2007 by steveWP
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 email@example.com.