Great indepth look at the beginnings of New York Graf,
This review is from: Graffiti Kings: New York Transit Art of the 1970s (Hardcover)
Having read an awful lot of books on Graffiti culture over the years, I wasn't expecting this to offer anything new. However, this book really delves deeply into the humble beginnings and rapid rise of New York Graffiti that started as 60's tags out of Philly some 200 miles south.
While the art is crude to begin with, the author really explains every detail as to why a certian dot or arrow was placed and who was credited as being the first to do so.
For those who have a certain yearning to find out about the birth & origins of Graffiti or even Hip hop culture, then this is a must.
Strangely the author doesn't mention certain artists and other people who were documenting similar activities at the time (Henry Chalfont/Martha Cooper/Fuzz One etc spring to mind). But that does not take away the grit of the work put into looking at who was doing what back in 1971 at 3.30am in a train yard somewhere in NYC.
A great book and a unique look at the hidden graffiti culture in 1970's New York.