Subway Art: the greatest street art book gets a re-release

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Street art is about as respectable as you can get. 
 
Cities all over the world would hand over their social services budget for a Banksy rat on the front of the town hall, while anyone who writes their tag on a factory wall can rinse the local arts council for a fat grant. 
 
What with this magazine being extremely fashionable (it is, we've been told), we’re  obviously ’down’ with street art, but we preferred it when it was displayed on the side of subway trains in New York, and produced by men in Puma States trainers. 
 
That world was captured in the brilliant 1984 book Subway Art – called Spraycan Art in the UK – written by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfont, who documented this visual revolution as it happened. 
 
The good news for those not old enough to have bought the book first time round (sadly we actually were) is that Thames & Hudson is re-releasing it. If you’ve not encountered the pre-gentrification New York and the incredible graffiti produced by painters like ‘Lee’ and ‘Skeme’ then you’re in for a treat.

Just don’t get any ideas about scrawling your tag on the side of our HQ – we’re not that trendy 







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