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on May 4, 2000
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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on March 21, 2002
This book is poorly written, but I'm doubt that anyone is buying it for that. There is a nice chronological progression of pictures of various examples of grafitti - some of the stuff at the beginning of the book looks like real trash to me, but towards the end the bigger production pieces are really inspiring. I mean, how many ways can you write your moniker? Apparently the sky is the limit. This book is sure to inspire an idea or two into aspiring illustrators since "Bad artists copy. Good artists steal." (from the book) heh heh heh.
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on July 4, 2000
I thought that ESPO did a great job in creating this book. He took it from a different point of view, from a fellow artist's point of view. He took us back through history, from old Philly style to NY and then took us to the present with writing bout today's greats. But I thought that he could of done a little history on the old school Chicano/Pachuco styles that began in the West in the 30's y 40's. But still a great job by ESPO and still a great book. Support our struggle and buy his book
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on December 30, 2000
The Art of Getting over is a journey into the world of "Graffiti" art from its roots up until today!This book covers different important areas of graffiti culture and artists which span many years! This book is a must for any collection.
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