When it comes to graffiti there is very little Roger Gastman doesn't know. He's represented the scene as editor of countless artist monologues, curated the retrospective exhibition 'Art in the Streets', was consulting producer of the Banksy documentary 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' and has now brought together a collection of stories and imagery for his book 'Tools of Criminal Mischief'.
The book is a kind of retrospective look at the scene with examples of work pulled together from over a considerable number of years and various walks of life; 1940's hobo train art, 70's gang inspired works and the story of the renowned Baltimore writer known as SHAKEN are all included in the book.
Roger has pulled together what has been described as a collection of quirky stories, visual oddities and his personal inspiration including spray paint collectables, writers' personal aerosols and various ephemera.
The author has described his passion thusly, "The danger, history, process, spray cans, magic markers, and the local styles are just a few parts of graffiti that I fixate on. Different aspects interest me at different times, but what always continues to excite me is the oddity - especially pedestrian graffiti and the strange pop-culture references".
The 3 associated prints measure 24 x 36 inches and feature part of the author's own personal collection, recently exhibited at MOCA's Art in the Streets. The imagery is a carefully curated selection of hard to find and rare cans, vivid colours and some choice rarities including Silver-Skate Aluminium and Baa Baa Black.
The book and prints are available through GRAFFSUPPLY.