Graffiti and Street Art

Great design doesn’t just happen on paper. The history of street art stretches back to Pompeii, and it continues to have a prominent role in the political upheaval of the 21st century. Print is dedicated to finding amazing street art and graffiti art from New York City to Cairo. Covering the history of street art, we also look at stencils, posters, and more great DIY design.

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The Silent Lettering Revolution: Right to Left Exhibition

The modernising of Arabic and Persian script is a silent revolution explained the organizers of RIGHT-TO-LEFT in 2012 when they launched their initiative that focused on Middle East society via visual culture. It included an exhibition that might well be brought to the United States of over 40 artists and graphic designers with hundreds...

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Christian Acker Flips the Script on Graffiti

“We tap keyboards far more frequently than we touch pen to paper,” designer and author Christian Acker says in his introduction to Flip the Script: A Guidebook for Aspiring Vandals and Typographers (Ginko Press, 2013). “Graffiti may well be the last great execution of highly practiced penmanship in popular culture.” Flip the Script seeks...

Give Peace A $155K Bid

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Bed-In for peace in Montreal (signed by both) sold for more than $155,000 at auction on Nov. 15, 2011. This might be construed as something ironic, since the hand-lettered placard, along with the Lennonesque worded Hair Peace and other signs, was a throwaway. Well, someone did not throw...

Teen Angels Rule

Teen Angels is not what it sounds like. While its name indicates a magazine for dewy-eyed preteens (or middle-aged doo-woppers), the 33-year-old publication’s audience is graffiti and tattoo artists, as well as the prison population. Its website touts Teen Angels as THE ONLY MAGAZINE DEDICATED TO THE VARRIO WAY OF LIFE, PRISON & TATTOO...

Whirling Dervish Penmanship

Primary schools today don’t teach the old methods of penmanship. If they teach handwriting at all, I’m not sure what to call it; 21st-century cursive looks a lot like it was  scribbled by a species that forgot it had opposable thumbs (there’s probably an app for that). Anyway, I admire vintage writing books and...

There's More to London Than the Olympics

If you happen to be visiting London at any time after the Olympics, you may want to visit The Outsiders, a gallery of insider/outsider contemporary art. It features a stellar group of artists including Banksy, Blu, Gary Taxali, Lucy McLauchlan, Morley, Paul Insect, Ron English, and Zevs, among others. The Outsiders was founded in...

Finally "Seeing" Street Art

Although my eyes first began digesting what I now know to be “street art” in the mid-1990s in San Francisco, it wasn’t until a trip to Paris in the Fall of 2009 and a move to Los Angeles a couple months later that I began tuning into the endless and ever-changing gallery of inspired...

The Cloying Claw

A few years ago I ranted and raved in Print about a recurring and cloying conceit among designers. I’m talking about the one where a designer shows a reproduction of a poster or other printed piece in a portfolio by holding it from the sides, rather than photograph it flat on a copy board....

Back to the Underground

On the copyright page of We Own the Night: The Art of the Underbelly Project, curators Workhorse and PAC include on their thank you list “all the people who know how to keep a secret and keep their mouths shut!” I’m one of these people, having been shown an early proposal for the book...

Chugging Along on The Italia Graffiti Train

The other day I took a train from Siena to Badass, Italy (well, actually it is Badesse, Italia). If you miss the graffiti on trains in the U.S. there is plenty to fill the gap on the Italian rails. Here is my visual diary. And here are more on Beautiful Decay.