[Bookshelf] Golden Boy As Anthony Cool
But graffiti writing has never been only an east coast only affair, and where other publications have fallen short by looking at the tagging of New York as something almost independent of contemporary urban precedents, such as murals and gangland tagging, Kohl connects the clear, interconnected dots to show the indelible bonds that exist between the names of teens on walls in NYC, gang related turf markings on the walls of Chicago, the youthful messages of racial and social protest in Berkeley, and the obscene bathroom stall graffiti found everywhere. In addition, the author explores the significance of naming, both the legal names that are given to us at birth, and the nicknames or "street names" that we chose or have chosen for us by those to whom we are closest.
From Ninety-third Street & Columbus Avenue in Manhattan to a prehistoric cave wall in the Dordogne region of France, Kohl traces the lineage of graffiti to the very core of human identity, and underscores its place in many of our significant social, religious, political, and cultural movements. A highly recommended addition to the library of all students of graffiti writing.