- Written and illustrated by industry insiders
- Definitive book on capturing hip-hop style in art
Hip-hop is more than baggy jeans and explicit song lyrics. It's a cultural force that influences everything we see and everything we hear.
This unique drawing tutorial gives artists and in-depth look at the styles that make the Japanese urban and hip hop trend the dominant culture it is today. It takes artists through some of the distinctive urban environments, city living conditions, and youth entertainment that are essential elements in drawing urban-hip hop manga.
Brash, bold and breakin' all the rules, Beat Street is a powerful and "gritty streetwise musical" (LA Herald-Examiner).
Some call it tagging, some call it writing, still others call it bombing--it's all graffiti. Whether it's art or not is another matter, but it's undeniably illegal. Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant's historic PBS documentary Style Wars tracks the rise and fall of subway graffiti in New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Wild Style captured the hard core South Bronx scene with its pantheon of hip-hop pioneers: Grand Master Flash, The Cold Crush Bros, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, and The Rock Steady Crew. Wild Style tells the story of Zoro (graffiti legend Lee Quinones), in his subway art romance with Ladybug (another graffiti legend Sandra Pink Fabara). Fab Five Freddy stars as the smooth impresario Phade.
Over the last 10 years the line between culture and counterculture has turned into a zone, and that zone is graf, shorthand for a subculture that produces graffiti, art, fashion, and design.
A hip, trenchant new study of grafitti art shows how hip-hop art moved from the subways of New York into the mainstream, and then acceptability on the international art scene. Simultaneous.
More than ever education students are required to study the social context of youth culture in order to understand and design meaningful, motivational curiculum. There is a need to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to address the critical issues which confront the education of youth today. In studying hip-hop graffiti, the author explores a crucial but neglected area in the contemporary training of youth workers and educators.