Although Issue 1 of Signal! journal (not to be confused with Signall magazine) came out last year I only cottoned onto it recently. The aim of the editor is to create something that lies somewhere between a conventional graff magazine and an intellectual journal. The journal starts off with an editorial that sets out the focus of the publication, the practicalities of its production and an explanation of why the editor has decided to take on the term ‘Urban Art’ in the subtitle. From the introduction I get the impression that the journal is going to be a serious graffiti focused project that has come about from a lot of work and thought on the subject. Continue Reading
Archive: Dec 2015
Wir stehen bereit presents the work of Zelle Asphaltkultur an unconventional ‘cell’ of graffiti writers. The work of the group is somewhere between graffiti and hardcore street-art that obviously aims to provoke the viewer. This publication is as high-brow as graffiti gets. Inside there are six intellectual articles written by graffiti artists through to a cultural critic which are then followed by an interview with ZA.
I recently went on a trip to Warsaw and whilst there I visited the Polin museum to see an exhibition of work by the photographer Wojciech Wilczyk. The exhibition showcases some of the photos from his ‘Holy War’ project which were made into a book titled Święta Wojna. The book is a collection of nearly four-hundred photos of football graffiti from Poland. As a fan of both graffiti and football I was bound to be interested in this book really. The supporters in Polish cities have proper turf wars with graffiti used to mark out a clubs area, they even have graffiti reports in hooligan magazines. A quick search on Youtube yields loads of videos of this stuff such as Cracovia lads taking out a Wisła Kraków mural or a GKS Katowice piece which was subsequently altered by some Ruch Chorzów fans. Święta Wojna starts with an introduction and glossary of terms in Polish but fortunately I picked up a translation of it at the exhibition. English football clubs have unique and often convoluted identities and their Polish counter-parts are no different so this was quite helpful. Continue Reading
Following on from the last post the next review is of another publication from Central Europe. This time it’s the second issue of Signall magazine from Prague in the Czech Republic. The first thing I liked about this magazine was the front cover which reminded me of the away entrance at Luton Town’s ground. Turn over and there’s a second cover too with a painting of some sort of post-apocalyptical city where the cats and dogs have taken over. Continue Reading
Fabrik is a newish magazine from the city of Fab in Poland. The city is also known as Poland’s Manchester which helps explain the slightly decrepit industrial feel to the magazine. The photo content mainly consists of streets, factory walls and abandoned buildings. There’s some shots of ‘rooftopy’ pieces that look really good on top of the industrial-era tenements of the city. Throughout this magazine the quality of the photos is top-notch. A few pages are black and white with the rest of the pictures in colour. The photos are good at transmitting the particular feel of the city which helps give context to the graffiti. Continue Reading