Flip the Script seeks to contextualize the tagging styles of American graffiti writers from different periods and regions in visual history. This is the first book of its kind, and it is vast in its scope. Acker systematically analyzes historic hand styles by collecting a remarkable body of work from the most influential US cities, and searching for the common threads that connect cultures. Baltimore writers use letters with a startlingly aggressive leftwards lean. As the art form has spread, you can see developments on almost every continent.
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The snapshots of graffiti that are often seen on Tumblr or Instagram usually display drawings or stenciled sketches—the kind that pushed artists like Banksy into the limelight. Graffiti was a matter of typography once upon a time; it still is today to those still honoring the art as something that grew from the practice of creating branded identity through paint strokes, approaching it not as an activity for the sake of spectacle, but as a craft where individual letters were drawn rather than written.
Acker says:. Distinctive hand style lettering is an essential skill for artists and designers. Deftly executed hand crafted letter forms are a nearly forgotten art in an age of endless free fonts.
Graffiti is one of the last reservoirs of highly refined, well practiced penmanship. The most reviled and persecuted form of Graffiti, the tag, is seldom appreciated for the raw beauty of its skeletal letter forms. Most tags are removed immediately, and thus the casual viewer seldom has a chance to discern the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles.
Handselecta is an evolving project working to help showcase graffiti art and artists. For a book preview of Flip the Script , check out the video below. Previous Next. Search Curator Search for:. Handselecta's Flip the Script. Acker says: Distinctive hand style lettering is an essential skill for artists and designers. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
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Christian Acker Flips the Script on Graffiti