Although Issue 1 of Signal! (not to be confused with Signall magazine) came out last year I only cottoned onto it recently. The aim of its editor is to create something that lies somewhere between a conventional graff magazine and an intellectual journal. The publication 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
BiH: A Love Story is a tiny graffiti magazine I came across randomly online. It’s a bit of an oddity as it’s a magazine produced by a casual observer about a tag they started to see up in their area.
It turns out that the tag, BiH, was actually the initials for Bosnia i Herzegovina that a local was obsessively writing. The magazines author says that the BiH tag stood out to them because it was placed carefully in with it’s surroundings yet made no attempt to look pretty. They admired the work of BiH and wondered what it was all about. Eventually the arrest of BiH was published in the local newspaper. The newspaper article provoked a torrent of racist abuse from readers, some of which is reproduced in the magazine. I usually find observations on graffiti by outside observers quite interesting and, in contrast to the newspaper respondents, the views of the magazine’s author are much more sympathetic and considered.Continue reading