by Tristan Manco, Caleb Nelson, Lost Art
# Paperback: 128 pages
# Publisher: Thames & Hudson
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0500285748
# Price: About 10 £ / 15 $ / 15 €
Official Website : http://www.graffitibrasil.com/
Tristan Manco is the author of Stencil Graffiti
and Street Logos
Caleb Neelon aka SONIK
is an artist and writer from Boston, who has been traveling to and painting in Brazil since 1997.
Ignacio Aronovich and Louise Chin run "Lost Art"
website and have for many years documented the streets of Brazil from their home city of São Paulo.
So here is new Tristan Manco/Thames & Hudson graffiti book about the hot (and not so known) brazillian graffiti scene.
The book looks like other Thames & Hudson book, no hard cover and minimal design (the layout is nearly the same in this book than in the 20 years old Subway art...)
There are over 300 pictures in this book. Some are small, but they are also many big double page pictures.
Most of the pictures were unknown to me. Even if of course we already know many of Brazilian street stars (Os Gemeos, Calma, Herbert, Alexandre Orion...)
The very good thing with this book are the texts.
Sonik is a good story teller and he shares with us some of his painting experiences in Brazil. There is of course also a text about famous Brazilian tags : Pichação.
A little history about Brazil graffiti (from Amazonian rock carvings to oppposition to Brazil's social problems & hip-hop graffiti).
Maybe a few artist interviews would also be welcome.
As a conclusion, i think this book present all brazillian graffiti school/styles. Most important artists have a couple of pages, most photos are new and texts are good.
The only thing i don't like much is the design/lay out of the book which is quite old-school compared to european graffiti/art books from Colors Zoo, Stylefile, DVG etc.
I'm not sure the book is already available (i think it will only be released in late November). Tristan if you read this, you certainly can tell us.