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Uptown & Downtown: Old Skool Paintings on NYC Subway Maps

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Uptown & Downtown: Old Skool Paintings on NYC Subway Maps

Alan Bortman

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New York graffiti writers who cut their teeth painting trains in the ’70s and ’80s transfer Old Skool street art to a more permanent, collectible medium in this book, using transit maps, instead of subway cars, as canvases. GHOST, T-KID, QUIK, REVOLT, BLADE, SHAME125, COPE2, SKEME, and others decorated ordinary 23″ × 32″ MTA maps with their personal tags and graphics echoing the heyday of New York train graffiti. Sixteen sections, one for each writer, feature a total of more than 100 maps, as well as brief statements about the painters’ artistic evolution and style. Like a dynamic “piece book,” or sketchbook, this collection is an exclusive sampling of the painters’ signature strokes and tags in portable form. In fact, many of the artists featured here have used subway-map art as a springboard from the fleeting genre of train-tagging to the sturdier platform of the international art gallery circuit.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 105 color photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350979 | Binding: hard cover

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Alan Bortman lives in the greater Boston area. He is the curator of DirtyPilot.com, an urban art and graffiti art store featuring well-known and underground artists. In May 2007 DirtyPilot launched its first show. Since then they have hosted over 125 solo and group shows. Specializing in Old Skool NYC graffiti, with clients in over 25 countries, DirtyPilot has sold over 10,000 works of art and has quickly become the largest venue to purchase NYC Graffiti worldwide. After all, without these guys in NYC painting the trains in the ’70s and ’80s, where would the street art and urban art movement be today?