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.

The History of American Graffiti

It was back in 2006 that Roger Gastman and I began working formally on our forthcoming book, The History of American Graffiti, but of course we really began working on it as teenagers when we got our first peeks into the world of graffiti. After five years, this has been a long time coming....

Yes2 Show at Dirtypilot.com Opens

Graffiti blackbook drawings are an art and a craft all their own, and are emblematic of a moment in time when they, more than photos of finished pieces, were how styles were slowed down and spread from writer to writer. Unlike graffiti art transferred onto canvas (which always feels like a forced transition), blackbook...

Tools of Criminal Mischief

My friend and frequent collaborator Roger Gastman just released a fun new book, Tools of Criminal Mischief. It’s a collection of graffiti ephemera: just the kind of oddball book you’d put together if you’d just spent the past four years rifling through more than a quarter million images of American graffiti in compiling a...

Say Yes To The Dress

I remember the professor in Art History 102 at UCLA pointing to the slide in the darkened lecture hall, telling the students that the painting was satire. She pointed out the relatively huge sizes of the dog and the dwarfs—the five-year-old Infanta Margarita’s playmates—compared to tiny King Philip IV of Spain, and his wife,...

The On the Run Artists Series, Reviewed

Before graffiti found its way onto the Internet, it made its way around the global community via fanzines and old-fashioned pen-pal photo swaps, and On the Run was one of the first. It was based in Germany but always had an international bent; by the 1990s, the publication had shifted focus to create single-artist...

Real Street Art in Ljubljana

The real street art in Ljubljana (or any city for that matter) is not the cool graffiti and stickers (although there’s plenty of that) but the markings on the street rendered by the anonymous workers in the local departments of traffic and highways. Boulevards, avenues, and streets are increasingly painted and stenciled with letters...

Street Sketchbook: Journeys, Reviewed

Bristol, England-based author and designer Tristan Manco is back with a followup to his 2007 original book Street Sketchbook, which opened up the sketchbooks of several international artists working most visibly in the street. This followup, Street Sketchbook: Journeys, does much the same but offers a greater scope of work by each of the...

Arte Para Todos, Seville, Spain

I just got back from a two week project/spraycation in Seville, Spain.  The idea, dreamt up by organizer Peter Claesson, was to bring together around 35 muralists from 20 countries and set them loose in the Poligono San Pablo, a working-class neighborhood of Seville.  I had a blast with old and new buddies from...

Today's Obsession: Minimal Graffiti

Over at Coolist, there’s a little gallery of some of the hottest graffiti I’ve seen in ages. The artist’s name is CT, and he tags like whoa. The work is minimal, tinged with op and pop, and meshes just beautifully with the rustic, weathered walls of his hometown of Torino. There’s a short interview...

Rustoleum's New Cap and the Demise of American Spray Paint

Spray paint dates to about the 1920s, but in its familiar form, the history of the spray-paint can begins in the early 1960s. By the early ’70s, it was an art medium in the hands of New York kids, who quickly figured out that swapping out the factory nozzle for one from a can...