After a friends recommendation I decided to pick up this graffiti book which was a released last year. It is privately published and limited to 1000 copies. I didn’t see any actual reviews online so here is some information about the book.
It is written in Danish, something I did know before picking it up. Thankfully the images are good enough to make the book worth picking up for non Danish readers. It’s a collection of old school Danish graffiti photos from the beginnings of Danish graffiti, 1984-1987.
For me this is the most interesting period of graffiti in Europe, as style was still relatively naive, and influenced less by American ideas and the styles presented by Subway Art and later Spraycan Art books. Particularly in 1984-85, before the ideas of people like Bando, CTK and TCA came to be dominant.
It’s a softback book that runs over 288 pages. It’s quite a small format (something like oversized A5) but not too small. It’s designed very well, laid out simply and carefully with text in Rail Alphabet, a font designed for the British Rail network and also used by the Danish railway authorites in Copenhagen.
The books starts out in the early days of ’84, and in a similar way to English graffiti, breakdance / electro boogie style was the order of the day. Alot of pieces at this time had certain vitality and freshness, strange ideas and bizarre color schemes that I’m very much into. The book delivers with a good collection in this style.
There are quite a few early panels on the famous Copenhagen red trains too.
The first Danish wholecar – 1985. Quite a painting.
Freez and Dimmer were some of the stars of the book for me…
There is quite a lot of space given over to crew shots, kids posing with namebelts, cans and painted jackets.
Bando, Mode and Shoe styles hit Copehagen in ’86. Leaving behind panels, pieces and wholecars.
The book also reminded me how sick Great & Bates were in 1987, as they are today.
The book ends with an interview and pictures from Henry Chalfont. Overall I’d recommend the book, with hundreds of fresh images from the early days of European graffiti. To order or for more info : sketch(at)sketch.dk.