Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Book of Tags

The Book of Tags. "...THE BOOK OF TAGS is a DROPDROP Agency project, published by KITCHEN 93 and made possible by the collaboration of over 300 worldwide graffiti writers. The project attempts to analyze and also give voice to one of the most demonized yet pure means of expression within the graffiti world, the Tag. The Tags appeared for the first time in the early 70's in New York City in the form of marker signs on subway cars. Tags are today as they were in the beginning, a sort of nickname or alias used by young people belonging to every kind of social class, to leave their mark on public property and be noticed. After thirty years of elaboration and development of different styles by the writers, tags have taken on a strong aesthetic value. Using the state of this art as our point of departure, DROPDROP carried out two years of research worldwide studying and identifying tags. From our collection, we have selected the most significant examples for this book."


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