Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers

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Prestel, 2008 - Art - 208 pages
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This living history of the graffiti movement reproduces selections from the actual black books that graffiti artists use to perfect and share their work. Before it hits the wall, graffiti is often planned out in a black book - a common artist's sketchbook sometimes called a "piece book" - "piece" being short for "masterpiece." Well-worn and dog-eared, these books are used to develop and trade ideas with other graffiti writers, and they may end up being passed along from artist to artist, becoming unique records of creative expression. "Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers" chronicles the evolution of graffiti via images that weren't intended for everyday people to see, focusing on the works of Germany City writers active from 1970s until the mid-1980s. Bold works from graffiti history's most important sources or "seeds" - Zephyr, Dondi, Daze, CRASH, Lady Pink, T-Kid, CAP, and Ghost, among others - represent a dizzying array of techniques and styles.

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About the author (2008)

Sacha Jenkins--much like rap great KRS-One--is hip hip. Sachy-Sach, his sister Dominiqe, and their artistically inclined, Haitian-born mom-dukes, Monart, moved to Astoria, Queens, NY from Silver Springs, MD in the summer of 1977. Their Philadelphia, PA-reared, filmmaking/Emmy Award-winning pop-dukes, Horace, was already living up in NYC at the time (100th Street & Central Park West, to be exact . . . blocks away from the infamous Rock Steady Park). During the school week, young Sacha spent his post three o'clock days playing stickball and skelly. Then...
1980 Sacha was blessed by an elder with an instrument of destruction that would forever change his life. 'PK, ' a local subway scrawler with some inter-borough celebrity, handed the young boy a very juiced-up Pilot magic marker.
1988 Inspired by a the "International Graffiti Times" (a rag published by aerosol legend Phase 2 and David Schmidlap), Sacha would put together "Graphic Scenes & X-plicit Language"--a zine dedicated to, yep, graf. And poetry. And anti-Gulf War rants. And humor. And towards the end, in 1991, music.
1992 "Beat Down", America's "first" hip hop newspaper, is launched by Sacha and a childhood friend. Ten issues in, Sacha and childhood friend have a falling out. Bye bye, Black bird.
June, 1994 e"go trip" magazine is born.
1996 Sacha writes for "Vibe", " Rolling Stone" and "Spin". He gets a Writer-At-Large then Music Editor gig at "Vibe".
Present In his spare time, Sacha likes to play guitar, collect "Planet of the Apes" action figures and listen to rap that isn't wack. He's a Leo.

DAVID VILLORENTE was the editor of Source magazine's graffiti pages for 12 years, writing under his tag, "Chino." He is the co-author of Mascots & Mugs: The Characters and Cartoons of Subway Graffiti, as well as Piecebook and Piecebook Reloaded (both by Prestel).

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