Graffiti World is the ultimate graffiti book. Offering a unique insight into the very essence of graffiti and its creative explosion over the past thirty-five years, it takes us on a whirlwind adventure throughout the Americas and Europe to almost every corner of the globe.
With over 2,000 pictures of artworks from more than 180 international artists, no other book is remotely so comprehensive or up to date. Nicholas Ganz combines his own first-hand experiences with quotes from the artists themselves to offer a true insider's perspective to the key trends and style developments that have made graffiti what it is today.
Foreword by Nicholas Ganz, author
Graffiti as we know it today may have a relatively short history but it has managed to touch almost every corner of the globe. In this book, I have attempted the most comprehensive presentation ever published of the most interesting and influential artists in individual countries. I have roamed the world - literally, but also via the Internet and a huge range of contacts - to provide a truly unique perspective. Letters used to dominate but today the culture has expanded: new forms are explored, and characters, symbols and abstractions have begun to proliferate. Over the past few years, graffiti artists have been using a wider scope of expression. Personal style is free to develop without any constraints, and stickers, posters, stencils, airbrush, oil-based chalk, all varieties of paint and even sculpture are used. Most artists have been liberated from relying solely on the spraycan.
As a result, many now refer to a post-graffiti movement, characterized by more innovative approaches to form and technique that go beyond traditional perceptions of the classic graffiti style. To reflect these changes in the graffiti world, these new directions have become a focus of this book. I have deliberately not divided the contents by country, deciding instead to order artists largely alphabetically by continent. This is because nationality, race and sex have no bearing on the graffiti scene. – Nicholas Ganz
1st edition, first reprint 2007, Hb, 374pp, full colour throughout, 22.7 x 24.3 cm