Graffiti L.A.: street styles and art

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Abrams, 2006 - Art - 303 pages
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Long before graffiti was adopted as the visual expression of hip-hop culture in the 1980s, Chicano gang members in East Los Angeles had been developing stylized calligraphy and writing on walls. "Cholo" (gangster) scripts became the first distinctive letter forms to evolve in the modern vernacular tradition of graffiti writing. Today Los Angeles writers of diverse backgrounds draw from a unique confluence of cultures that has led to regionally distinctive styles. "Graffiti L.A." provides a comprehensive and visual history of graffiti in Los Angeles, dating back to the 1930s, as well as an in-depth examination of the myriad styles and techniques used by writers today. Complementing the main text, interviews with L.A.s most prolific and infamous writers provide insight into the lives of these fugitive artists. Essential to the understanding of the development of the graffiti movement, this book will be an invaluable source to graffiti fans around the world.

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This book is awesome! The format is mainly interviews with the artists with tons of stunning photographs. After reading it you will never look at graffiti in the same way again. The author really gets ... Read full review

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The culmination of author and photographer Grody's 17-year obsession, this stunning examination of Los Angeles street art should prove to be a definitive work on the subject. Beginning in the 1930s ... Read full review

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Steve Grody saw spray can art begin to appear around Los Angeless streets and walls in the 1980s and immediately recognized its creativity and verve. Since 1990, he has been driving across Los Angeles searching its back alleys, washes, and abandoned lots for this vernacular art. James Prigoff coauthored the bestselling "Spraycan Art" in 1987. He lectures and writes extensively on graffiti art.