Andrea Nelli - GRAFFITI A NEW YORK, out of print for more than 30 years, the book was reissued by Whole Train Press on April 13, 2012. The first edition, which is considered one of the first books ever written about graffiti and street art, was published in 1978 by Andrea Nelli.
Andrea Nelli was twenty years old when he went to New York. It was early 1970’s and most subways were completely covered with graffiti; so did most of the subway and Manhattan walls. He saw BIG-0-116, EVIL ERF14, RAT FINK 131, SUPER KOOL 223. They looked undecipherable codes, written everywhere with black spray. Eventually, he understood that they were always the same names repeated throughout the city. To capture the compositions of the graffitis, Nelli started shooting photos of them, which subsequently got him in touch with the different cliques of graffiti artists who then introduced him into the scene.
Still a student, Nelli focused his thesis on this just born movement but was already quickly spreading. With the explosion of the phenomenon in the following years, Nelli decided to published, in collaboration with New York’s old school street artist icon COCO 144, ‘Graffiti A (in) New York’ in 1978, which showed the phenomenon from the beginning and showcased selections of more than 100 photos taken five years earlier of graffiti names and art. *
“to get your Name around”. The rule of graffiti
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