I can’t say I know too much about Swiss graff as I’ve only briefly set foot in the country with just enough time to slam down a cup of coffee and leave. So I approached Zee City, the new book about graffiti and hip-hop culture in Zurich, with an open mind. Continue Reading
This latest post reviews Aestheticizing Public Space by Lu Pan which was released at the end of last year. The book studies graffiti in cities around East Asia; that is Hong Kong, China, Japan and South Korea. Lu Pan works with a broad definition of graffiti that includes everything from conventional graffiti letters, street-art, digital media and even traditional East Asian writing practices. Continue Reading
Only a blind man could be in Berlin and fail to notice the graff and even then he’d probably find himself clattering into piles of empty spray tins as he traversed his way across the city. My point is that graffiti is as much a part of modern Berlin life as currywurst is. Now it may be possible to find a publication based around the local wurst scene but more interestingly for me there is a magazine that represents Berlin’s graffiti. Auri Sacra Fames is a mag that comes highly recommended although until now I’ve not had the pleasure. Continue Reading
Kuilu 4 is the latest edition of the magazine from Finland. The country is known as a bit of an odd place so I was half expecting Kuilu to be a bit strange too. While there are certainly some more unorthodox styles represented it’s actually a simple example of a decent graffiti magazine. Continue Reading
Muralismo Morte is the second book by Jens Besser I’ve reviewed. In this book the content is made up of photographs interrupted by short pieces of writing that link them together. Rather than examining the more theoretical side of muralism they discuss some history, first-hand experiences, or the ideas behind the work of the artists. Continue Reading
This article is a bit off topic as it’s not really about graffiti and it’s not a review of a graffiti publication either. It’s actually a football fanzine called Stand. The publication is usually an interesting read, which isn’t dominated by all things premier league, and is about as close to an ‘ultras’ stance as you can find in the UK. Continue Reading
Chemistry is a Dutch graffiti magazine that comes across as quite a sophisticated publication. While there are no texts in this seventh issue the content stretches beyond purely graffiti with sections on urban exploration, some fine art, and a ‘minimal complexity’ chapter that probably wouldn’t look out of place in an architectural journal.