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Training Days

The Subway Artists Then and Now

Henry Chalfant, Sacha Jenkins


The story of the birth of the New York subway graffiti movement in the words of the legendary graffiti artists who were at the heart of the scene

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Here are authentic first-person accounts from the graffiti writers and artists whose creative genius fuelled the earliest flowering of the movement in late 1970s and early 1980s New York. Henry Chalfant’s photographs in Subway Art inspired budding graffiti writers around the world; now read the stories behind those iconic images in the words of the pioneers of the graffiti movement.

In the late 1970s, New York City was bankrupt, dirty and dangerous. Born on these grimy streets, graffiti rapidly made its mark. Here, twelve legendary graffiti writers – Bil Rock, Breezer, Daze, Jon One, Kel, KR, Lady Pink, Sak, Sharp, Skeme, Spin and Team – give first-person accounts of their experiences. Individually interviewed for this book by Sacha Jenkins, they reveal an authentic, unparalleled insight into the golden age of graffiti.

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'Lively stories excitingly told … a thorough account that avoids the trap of being over-academic'
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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 21.0 x 16.0 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 138

Publication date: 8 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500239216

Contents List

Preface by Henry Chalfant • Introduction by Sacha Jenkins • Interviews with twelve graffiti writers: Bill Rock, Breeze, Daze, Jon One, Kel, KR, Lady Pink, Sak, Sharp, Skeme, Spin and Team.

About the Author

Henry Chalfant is an American photographer and videographer well known for his work on hip hop culture. He is the author of Spraycan Art, and his world-renowned documentation of the artists of the New York subway was memorialized in the most successful book on graffiti ever published, Subway Art, published by Thames & Hudson.

Sacha Jenkins is a former New York graffiti writer turned journalist whose books include the Piecebook series of graffiti drawings. He is the co-founder of the seminal hip-hop magazine ego trip, as well as co-author of the best-selling biography of Eminem, The Way I Am.

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