STEEL CANVAS: London Underground Graffiti 1987-1995. 10X8" Landscape. 120 Pages. Approx 250 Photos.
Exciting, Raw, Clandestine, Illegal, Artistic.
London Underground was unprepared for this new art form in the UK.
The London Underground in the 1980's and 1990's was a world apart from the sophisticated network that it is today. The insides were constantly littered with tags, usually on the door panels or above and around the advertising posters. The outsides of the train stock at this time were still bare unpainted steel.
Information and photographs of this historic period of London's graffiti movement is often sparse, with the emphasis usually on the sheer quantity of photos, rarely providing any accompanying context creating confusion for today's generation of graffiti writers and enthusiasts.
The photographs in this book provide an important insight into the underground graffiti art movement as it was taking place. More importantly, they are taken by a writer, who himself was part of this transient artistic feast.
Now, for the first time in print over 250 colour photographic images all taken by the author recreate the atmosphere of an urban subway system during it's decay, when writers sought to brighten up the steel canvas of the trains with their raw art movement.