UPDATE: JUNE 2013: With the short window between the launch of our kickstarter and the books launch party, we sadly did not make our goal. We did however send Christian to SF and Portland with some help from Upper Playground in April, 2013. You can continue to support the project by purchasing some goods from our webstore here: http://www.indiemerch.com/h...
The project continues and to date, Christian has given a lecture on American handstyles to compliment the book at the Type Directors Club, Parsons School of Design, SVA, Stanford University, Portland Northwest College of Art and NY Center for Art and Media Studies. He can be contacted via www.handselecta.com of you would like to have him come speak at your institution. Thanks.
I'm really excited to announce that Flip The Script will be hitting store shelves March 8 2013. I just got my advance copy. This has been a project ten years in the making. Over the last few years I have been very fortunate to have so many amazing writers open themselves to share their art & talents, insights, histories and personal stories with me.
The Handselect project and Flip The Script, the book has been a passion of analysing graffiti handstyles, interviewing artists from the different and most influential cities around the USA, placing them in a context that few outsiders understand and discovering some factoids that many of the best writers themselves were unaware of until we unearthed them in the process.
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Below is a short preview of the content and interviews that you can look forward to in more detail in the book. Acknowledgments and gratitude to ThanksCamera for the technical support for the video.
10 years in the making, Handselecta is pleased to announce the release of our first book, Flip The Script, published by Gingko Press. Part history book, part calligraphy manual. it will be sure to be a monumental tome in the culture of graffiti and colloquial design.
Distinctive hand style lettering is an essential skill for artists and designers. Deftly executed hand crafted letter forms are a nearly forgotten art in an age of endless free fonts. Graffiti is one of the last reservoirs of highly refined, well practiced penmanship.
The most reviled and persecuted form of Graffiti, the Tag, is seldom appreciated for the raw beauty of its skeletal letter forms. Most tags are removed immediately, and thus the casual viewer seldom has a chance to discern the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles.
Within the pages of Flip the Script, author Christian Acker has systematically analyzed the best graffiti hand styles, contextualizing the work of graffiti writers from around the United States. Acker presents the various lettering samples in a clean organized format, giving the material a proper, formal treatment evoking classic typography books.
224 pages, Hardcover, 7'' x 9'' (178 x 229 mm)
100s of 2-color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-460-9 $35.00