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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Over Before You Are Gone Over
This book is a piece of history. It is important. There are some nice anecdotes. There are also some great pictures, and that's important because a lot of this art is temporary. Which is part of its beauty. So it is important that people know some history.
The history of graffiti is too vast to cover it all in such a short book, but the personal feel (and viewpoint)...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scratching on the wall
This book rides totally on the surface of the misunderstood subculture of graffit writers. It fails to address the larger social issues of alienation and angst that most serious graffiti writers feel. Lots of snapshot style pictures that aren't that great considering the subject matter. It's basically a book by a graffiti writer for other graffiti writers. It's strange...
Published on May 20 2002


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2.0 out of 5 stars Scratching on the wall, May 20 2002
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
This book rides totally on the surface of the misunderstood subculture of graffit writers. It fails to address the larger social issues of alienation and angst that most serious graffiti writers feel. Lots of snapshot style pictures that aren't that great considering the subject matter. It's basically a book by a graffiti writer for other graffiti writers. It's strange that for all the attention graffiti writers seem to so desperately to need, their intentions after all is said and done are very shallow.
They have no great cause or social statement to make. If you want to see graffiti that's real, you won't find it in this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Over Before You Are Gone Over, Oct. 23 2000
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
This book is a piece of history. It is important. There are some nice anecdotes. There are also some great pictures, and that's important because a lot of this art is temporary. Which is part of its beauty. So it is important that people know some history.
The history of graffiti is too vast to cover it all in such a short book, but the personal feel (and viewpoint) that Powers employs make this history come alive. The fact that New York City's Mayor Rudy sent his graffiti task force into Mr. Powers' residence to confiscate computer hard disks and other info related to this book because he didn't like the activities of Mr. Powers is a further indication that it is important that this information be preserved. Acts of nonconformity often become co-opted and defused. Therefore it is essential that people remember the past so that it can't be used against them and sold back to them in the form of a Sprite commercial or as a pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans. Consumption isn't rebellion. The act of purchasing this book isn't rebellious. To "get over" on a society that wants to erase dissent, you need to read this book and preserve history in your memory so that it can't be sold back to you in altered versions.
"The Art of Getting Over": Read it. Learn it. Love it. Live it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A word is worth a thousand pictures..., May 4 2000
This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
Stephen Powers, aka ESPO, gives to the world of publishing, The Art of Getting Over. No, it is not a self-help book, but a journal documenting the escapades and works of Graf kings past and present. Bound in black ( thus resembling a graf head's "peice book" ) it contains hundreds of full-colour and black white pictures, showing the different styles and forms of graffiti and the evolution thereof. Also, within the pages contains excerpts of the lives of the various artists, from the interesting ( The REVS ) to the near tragic ( GKAE from L.A. in particular ). Though at times one could get lost from the numerous crew & name dropping, it is noteworthy enough to warrant a place in Hip-Hop history. The highlight of this book is, of course, the amazing art displayed, featuring Mr. Powers' impressions of the various faces of graf: wether it be block letters, wild styles, throw-ups, to the basic tag. It would have been of particular interest to have put in words the aesthetics of graf in greater detail by someone who is active in the art ( especially to the laymen ), but we only have tidbits here and there scattered through out that leaves the reader wanting some more. An excellent addition to any Hip-Hop library, it might just make a graf head out of you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars probly the coolest blackbook i ever bought, Oct. 2 1999
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
Well first off, i thought this book was just another writers attempt to "get over" using the subculture from which he grew. After actually opening my eyes, and READING what was there, the book has a lot of info missed or glossed over by other notable publications, albeit a bit thin in total editorial content. Other books passed by the whole idea that elements of the subculture had evolved somewhere else, but mr. powers picks up the cut threads, noting specific writers (and events) in colorful detail. There is a nice mix of old school fliks, snapshots (which are perhaps even more interesting), and newer art. (i found the pics of old philidelphia handstyles -tags- probably the most interesting). Every aspect of the culture is found in this book, and not limited to one city or locale, which is (as far as i know)a first in the list "graffiti writer turns writer" publications. Some "kings" of the world may feel it is weak, or its another attempt at "getting over" using the rest of us, but, what are they doing? Is it a full description of the graffiit "world"? No. I am not sure that is entirely possible by one authors account. But it is a vital piece to a puzzle left by previous authors, and (in my opinion) the best book produced on the subject by a writer so far. So-drop your preconceptions, and READ IT. A solid publication. Get it. peace. HAZARD UGN, OHIO.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, this subject matter is competently handled!, Sept. 20 1999
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
St. Martin's Press delivers once again. With the same level of expertise afforded to punk and other marginal cultures, the publisher has set out to unleash an atomic bomb blast on the graffiti universe.
There has always been three planets which orbit the literary world of Modern Graffiti. In chronological order: The Faith of Graffiti, text by Norman Mailer; Getting Up by Craig Castleman; and Subway Art by Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper. Add to this list Powers' The Art of Getting Over.
Whereas other offerings have been outsiders looking in (and in most cases piss poor proceedings follow with the aforementioned exceptions), TAGO is as real as it gets. Give Powers' credit for deleting the gratuitous 'glossary' which creeps its way in the amateur ranks and the insertion of style, both graphically and literary, which sets standards not soon to be superceded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ESPO Drives Luxury Cars, Dec 13 1999
This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
Steve Powers is one of the greatest modern day artists. His first foray into the world of autordom is a smashing success and a great sign of what is to come from this street hero. His local political activism and work with underpriveliged children is an example we should all follow. How many legendary grafitti artists do you know who will pull up in their Cadillac El Dorado, put in 6-8 hours of volounteer work at an orphanage, campaign against the tyrannic Mayor Guilliani and still have the energy/focus to create a prolific art masterpiece all while alluding the NYC Grafitti Task Force? The answer is none and that is why Steve Powers can forever charge it to the game while mainaining a zero balance. I'm not sure what that means but it sounds pretty good. ESPO is the Best, Yo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars broadway elegant, Jan. 5 2002
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
This is by far the best graff book i have ever laid my hands on...Espo is a legend and knows exactly what to present about the culture and how to present it...this is the Subway Art/Spraycan Art for the new millennium...there are so many roots in the book it easily and honestly serves both veterans and/or those just learning about graff...the flicks inside provide a wonderful visuals that brilliantly compliment the textual history which has been masterfully laid down...
well worth every penny...
p.s. if you are from philly or new york (especially philly) this book provides a very personalized representation of the effect both these cities had on graff over the years...if i were a bit more emotional it may have brought a tear to my eye...
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5.0 out of 5 stars broadway elegant, Jan. 5 2002
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R. Florig (Philadelphia, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
This is by far the best graff book i have ever laid my hands on...Espo is a legend and knows exactly what to present about the culture and how to present it...this is the Subway Art/Spraycan Art for the new millennium...there are so many roots in the book it easily and honestly serves both veterans and/or those just learning about graff...the flicks inside provide wonderful visuals that brilliantly compliment the textual history (which has been masterfully laid down)...
well worth every penny...
p.s. if you are from philly or new york (especially philly), this book provides a very personalized representation of the effect both these cities had on graff over the years...if i were a bit more emotional it may have brought a tear to my eye...
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5.0 out of 5 stars i keep picking it up., Oct. 4 1999
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
filled with full color imagery from early graffiti days of the late 60's to works from last year. Oldschool and newjacks will all see something they can feel connected to. The example driven chapters give a feeling there is always room for more rather than a definitive wrap up of this hugely growing subculture.The book is unique in that its not an introduction it's more of an advanced course.the art of getting over is more than pictures and stories that it contains, it is the appreciation that recognizes there are many stories untold and to unfold in this graffiti game.big up to espo and the urge to see your name on the blvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Graff Book, Oct. 9 1999
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This review is from: The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium (Hardcover)
This is it. This book may be the best book yet. One critic compared it to "THE FAITH OF GRAFFITI" but I'd make the argument that "THE ART OF GETTING OVER" is the superior work. Anyone familiar with Norman Mailer's book knows that his approach was to appropriate the guise of a graffiti writer. Well, here, Stephen Powers doesn't need to appropriate as he is a dues-paying graffiti writer. And a literate one at that. This may not be the best book to use as a graffiti primer but one would be remiss if they didn't eventually graduate to it. This rates as a 'Five Star' book easily, without question.
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