Here we go with some more news by Good Guy Boris of the Grifters and his very first book to be released in about a week from now. “Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing” tells the story behind the creation of The Grifters and goes on to chronicle the story and birth of Good Guy Boris, explaining and defining the heritage of The Grifters and Grifters Code, the path that lead from its stages in the backwaters of Bulgaria, through to becoming a graffiti photojournalist in the capital of France – and everything in-between.
Part of the focus of the book is Grifters Code; an episodic series of short films we covered here. The series were one of a very few early videoformats which broke the self-imposed and unwritten rules of vandalism, bringing to the viewer not merely the end result of a graffiti piece, but the whole adventure and mystique that surround the process.
“Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing” is a testament not only to the evolution of The Grifters, but modern graffiti as we now know it. As evidenced by its title, the author seeks to explain the motivations behind the documentation of modern day graffiti and explore the more meta concepts in the graffiti world, such as how The Grifters fuelled a resurgence in analogue photography within the graffiti community. The book is clad in a cover literally made from the high visibility vests appropriated by the writers who infiltrate rail networks, and contains exclusive behind the scenes photos and unreleased works featuring Europe’s most renowned and infamous artists. As is a trait common of The Grifters, the book’s focus is one that encompasses the who, where and why of the ephemeral world of modern graffiti; not merely the what.”
The book release is on Wednesday, 08 February, 2017 on grifterscode.thegrifters.org
A first preview and look check out below in the video.
Title: GRIFTERS CODE: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing
Author: Good Guy Boris
Publisher: The Grifters Publishing
Edition: Collector edition of 1000. Signed and numbered
Binding: Glue & Stitched
Body Size: 24x27cm
Weight: 2.5 kg.
Pages: 368 Pages (112 Pages text + 256 Pages photography)
Paper (Text): 120gr. recycled
Paper (Photo): 170gr. matt
Print: Full colour offset lithography
Cover: Hardcover. Neon fabric with reflective tape.
Two color variants: Orange / Green
Release date: 08 February 2017