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2015 new books
Graffiti Murals:
Exploring the Impacts of Street Art
• This illustrated thesis implores cities to promote legal graffiti murals, preventing vandalism and boosting culture
• Stories of six graffiti murals and interviews with residents in favor of and against the murals
• Graffiti murals not only erase vandalism, they are signs of hope
Six case studies conducted in New York City, Trenton, and Jersey City, explore how graffiti murals are created and
what role they play in a city where buffing illegal graffiti is a lucrative business. The author interviewed people affected
on a daily basis by the murals at sites around the metropolitan area, as well as property owners who have allowed
muralists to paint their property in hopes the graffiti murals would serve as a deterrent to vandalism—and provide a
more aesthetically pleasing alternative to buffing. An analysis informed by cultural Marxism and supported by street
photography suggests a radical departure from traditional NewYorkCity policy: instead of spendingmoney exclusively
on the elimination of illegal graffiti, resources should also be devoted to the creation of graffiti murals. In the end,
graffiti removal teams andmural promoters are pursuing the same goal: making the city amore visually appealing place.
Patrick Verel
is a veteran journalist with a BS in journalism from St. John’s University and an MA in urban studies from
Fordham.Anavidphotographerwithbylinesinthe
StamfordAdvocate
,
AugustaChronicle
,and
NewYorkTimes
,helivesinBrooklyn.
Size: 10" x 7" • 78 color photos • 144 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4899-0 • hard cover • $29.99
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Patrick Verel
Street Art Santiago
• A photographic documentation of the countercultural graffiti and mural arts scene in Santiago
• 80 interviews and vibrant images from 14 Santiago neighborhoods
• Finally, the voice of Santiago’s underground community of vandals and street artists is heard
Santiago, with its deeply evolved and extremely active underground graffiti scene, bursts at the seams with an abundance
of eye-popping, jaw-droppingmurals. Stencil graffiti artist LordK2 documents 14 neighborhoods within the capital of
Chile with his arresting photography and intimate conversations with local artists.Throughmore than 200 images and
80 interviews, learn how street art was influenced by American, European, and Brazilian graffiti and how its evolution
runs parallel to the political history of the nation itself. During the Cold War, nationalist muralist brigades spread
socialist idealism through symbols of power and oppression. Santiago’s repressed lower classes gradually usurped
the art form, and murals eventually became a weapon of resistance. This vibrant city, with its array of distinct cultural
districts, now invites you to experience its fascinating and tightly knit artistic community that has flourished since the
fall of Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1990.
Lord K2
(David Sharabani) is a London-born photographer and stencil graffiti artist. His works have been featured in
galleriesinNewYork,London,andTelAviv.Heiscurrentlyworkingonanumberofprojects.Forupdates:www.lordk2.com.
Size: 9" x 9" • 229 b/w & color photos • 184 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4927-0 • hard cover • $34.99
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Lord K2
VHS Video Cover Art:
1980s to Early 1990s
• Exploration of VHS cover art created during the video rental boom of the 1980s to early 1990s
• Over 240 full-scale covers in the genres of action, comedy, horror, kids, sci-fi, and thriller
• Complete designs shown: front, spine, and back
Video cover art is a unique and largely lost artform representing a period of unabashed creativity during the
video rental boom of the 1980s to early 1990s. The art explodes with a succulent, indulgent blend of design,
illustration, typography, and hilarious copywriting. Written and curated by Tom “TheDudeDesigns” Hodge,
poster artist extraordinaire and VHS obsessive, with a foreword by Mondo’s Juston Ishmael, this collection
contains over 240 full-scale, complete video sleeves in the genres of action, comedy, horror, kids, sci-fi, and
thriller films. It’s a world of mustached, muscled men, buxom beauties, big explosions, phallic guns, and
nightmare-inducingmonsters. From the sublime to the ridiculous, some are incredible works of art, some are
insane, and some capture the tone of the films better than the films themselves. All are amazing and inspiring
works of art that captivate the imagination. It’s like stepping back in time into your local video store!
Thomas “The Dude Designs” Hodge
is an independent art director, designer, and artist for film key art. A
lifelonglover/collector/addictof’80sVHSandcoverart,hisworkaimstobringbackthatlostmagicoffilmposters.
Size: 11" x 8 1/2" • 570 color photos • 144 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4867-9 • hard cover • $34.99
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Thomas “The Dude Designs” Hodge
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