San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Graffiti is one of the last strongholds of highly refined, well practiced penmanship in our contemporary culture. The tag, that most reviled and persecuted form of graffiti, is seldom appreciated for its raw beauty and skeletal letter forms. The casual viewer seldom discerns the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles. Within the pages of Flip the Script, author Christian Acker systematically analyzes historic hand styles by collecting the work of writers from the most influential American cities and searching for the origins and commonalities that connect people, places and times. While distilling years worth of interviews with graffiti writers from all over the country, intersecting tales emerge that reveal a web of unwitting connections and influences. Flip the Script has captured a representation of geographic differences within contemporary folk-art history; a history rapidly becoming muddied by internet culture. Acker presents the lettering samples in a clean, chronological format, for the first time giving the material a formal treatment evocative of classical calligraphy manuals and typography books. Join us for a lecture following by book signing.