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Style: Writing from the Underground Paperback – 1 Jun 1998
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This book is a paperback, 120 pages or so, printed on medium weight paper with a nice, low-glossy finish. The photographs and illustrations are crisp and full of important information on developments and advancements in letter design, starting way back in the beginning with images of old scool tags. The photos of full color pieces on the trains are excellent as well. There are not as many pictures as in some other graffiti art books, but this book is not about pictures anyway.
This book makes it very clear that the most important element of graffiti art is Style. Many writers are quoted extensively, giving their own take on what they believe style is all about. Here's an example: "Style has always been each writers finger print. Some writers have styles that are so complex that they are 'irreadable", but at this point it doesn't matter what the name is because the style of the piece links you to it's creator" - DAZE
Throughout the book, Phase 2, the author, interjects his own ideas and philosophies on graffiti, style, writers and writing. His comments are very thought-provoking and elevate the discussion intellectually in a way we haven't seen in any other book. If you really want to understand this art form from the inside out, you have to read and re-read this book. Basically this book is brilliant!