Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing

by Good Guy Boris

 

 
 

This book tells the story behind the creation of The Grifters, who in a short time have left a long lasting legacy within the graffiti community, pioneering the analogue aesthetic since it’s inception with it culminating in Grifters Code. In this they translated their analogue photography into a digital video format and used the internet for distribution, something entirely different to the normal ebb and flow of the graffiti world. The book goes on to chronicle the success story and birth of Good Guy Boris, explaining and defining the heritage of The Grifters and Grifters Code, the path that lead from its embryonic stages in the backwaters of Bulgaria, through to becoming a mainstay of graffiti photojournalism 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 that 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.

 
 
 

Buy a signed copy of the "Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing" book, with green cover, and get a download link for HD, DRM-FREE copy of the film "Grifters Code 6: Über Freaks" by Good Guy Boris. (Click on the photo)

Buy a signed copy of the "Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing" book, with orange cover, and get a download link for HD, DRM-FREE copy of the film "Grifters Code 6: Über Freaks" by Good Guy Boris. (Click on the photo)

Buy a signed copy of the "Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing" book, with orange cover. (Click the photo)

Buy a signed copy of the "Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing" book, with green cover. (Click the photo)

 
 

GRIFTERS CODE: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing

Author: Good Guy Boris

Publisher: The Grifters Publishing

ISBN: 978-619-7267-02-0

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, 20 p.m. (GMT+1)

Language: English