Great news today from Becki Fuller and Luna Park at The Street Spot: Reader/Booker/ReadMoreBooks/Hoodrich/Boans… has a book out. Operation Madman has a 186-page hardcover book called The Reader. Reader is one of my favorite active writers in America and while I haven’t seen this book in the flesh (I’ve just ordered my copy), I’m pretty confident that it will be worth reading.
Based on the sample pages online, this doesn’t look like a typical graff book at all, but then again, Reader isn’t your typical writer.
This weekend, The Reader is available online for $13. After this weekend, it will be $20.
Looks like the long running Booker piece at the Bat Cave has finally been painted over.
“The old power station near the corner of 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue has lost its message. As per the bottom photo above, last year the top of the building had been tagged “No More Corporate Bullshit! Fuk Wall St.” The building was one of the parcels in the area bought by developers for a would-be project called “Gowanus Village.”GMAP Bottom pic by letsgetridofny”
Street artists love skulls almost as much as Dick Cheney enjoys shooting people in the face (God, that’s a really dated pop culture reference, isn’t it). Here are five pieces by artists who use some form of a skull as their logo:
Maybe an ad disruption would be a ‘better’ piece by Kaws, I love the way somebody spray painted around this sticker. Very few stickers get that much respect.
You can’t mention London street art or graffiti right now without a nod to Burning Candy, and Cyclop’s skulls are in many of their best collaborative pieces.
Booker/Reader/Readmorebooks/Boans… This writer gets up under too many names to keep track of, but one of his many trademarks are these skulls:
No discussion of skulls on the street would be complete without Katsu.
Don’t really know what Skullphone is trying to say with this image, but he’s said it all over the world.
So that’s five street artists and graffiti writers who use skulls as logos. Now the reason I started thinking about this post. This is a new piece by Elbowtoe that I’m really liking:
For the past couple of weeks, the writer Read More Books has been absolutely crushing New Orleans. Here are a couple photos from Anthonyturducken and Skeletonkrewe who are both based down in Louisiana. Booker’s energy and pace is absolutely astounding and he consistently delivers a crisp style that is always recognizable despite his various monikers. Whichever city he visits, he always makes quite an impression. Now that it seems he’s been in one place for a while, the amount of work he’s been putting out there is just exhausting to watch.
I touched on this issue the other day, but I thought there was more to be said and some examples to be given.
There are a few graffiti writers who are blurring the line between graffiti and street art by painting trademark characters or symbols instead of, or in addition to, their names. Of course, painting characters has been around since the earliest days of graffiti, but in recent years, certain crews and writers have taken that a step further.
Here are a few examples of writers who I think are really pioneering a new form of character based graffiti. I think it could, and should, be one important direction for graffiti and street art in the coming years.
As part of Vandalog’s “Great in ’08” series, which will be running every day for the rest of the month. Check out previous posts here. Street artists from across the world have been given one post to give away to one artist who they feel has been doing great work recently. Today it’s Gaia’s turn (if you missed it, he was L.E.T.‘s pick yesterday). This response was actually taken from a larger Q&A with Gaia that will be posted on Vandalog as soon as I get my university applications in (I’ll hit “submit” this Friday).
Who is one artist doing really great work right now?
Gaia: The one person who has been really making a splash is the writer Booker/ReadMoreBooks/Rancour/HoodRich. While he has been getting up for quite some time now, his recent slew of rollers that he has pulled off in the past year are astounding. Always imaginative, always clean, and he has such a unique and free style.