BLADE : King of Graffiti

Written by Chris “FREEDOM” Pape, BLADE King of Graffiti is a hardbound book with hundreds of never before seen images of New York’s golden age of graffiti from BLADE’s personal archives, which illustrate why BLADE is considered the king of graffiti. Roger Gastman worked closely with the legendary graffiti artist to tell his story and produce this fascinating inside look at one of the most revered graffiti artists in the world. After painting 5,000 wildly creative trains by 1980, BLADE finally stopped counting. His amazing story parallels the graffiti movement almost from its inception. Through its glorious years in the mid 1970’s when BLADE earned his title, to his appearance in the global art scene where he’s still a major presence, BLADE shares his life story growing up in the Bronx in the most turbulent decade of New York’s history, where he played a big part in its creative rebirth. This book is due out in spring of 2014 and will feature events to promote it launch around the county.


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