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Eclectic, inspiring and highly recommended.
on 29 May 2006
The text to image ratio in Stencil Graffiti is perfect; the right amount of information is included to leave the pictures open to your thoughts without leaving you entirely in the dark. Tristan Manco often uses quotes and opinions from the artists themselves which adds to the free and unpretentious nature of this book.
But back to the pictures- Manco proves himself to be an excellent editor and compiler of images as well as words. They are amazing and 99% are of extremely high and clear quality. Simply presented and taken from so many different world locations, parts of buildings and street furniture, inside and outside- they consistently inspire. In the right places they are cropped for detail or taken from a few steps back to show that graffiti is as much about position as it is message, colour, shape, texture and style.
The line between graffiti and vandalism is subjective- but I honestly think that even the most anti-graffiti people and pre-teenage children scrawling words on underpasses would be able to find something to admire in this book. Personally, I feel that all of these artists have crossed this line in these images to the point where it's a distant blur.