Mostly True: The West's Most Popular Hobo Graffiti Magazine

Mostly True: The West's Most Popular Hobo Graffiti Magazine

Paperback Mostly True

By (author) Bill Daniel

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  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 222mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 8 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 1621064433
  • ISBN 13: 9781621064435
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 485,309

Product description

A companion piece to the author's documentary "Who Is Bozo Texino?," this collection of railroad boxcar graffiti gives fascinating insight into vagabond culture. Filled with railroad nostalgia, freight-riding stories, historical oddities, and interviews with the graffiti artists themselves, this unique zine-turned-book seeks to acquaint the curious with the boxcar riders and taggers. Going beyond the graffiti itself and explaining its meaning in a larger context than simple aesthetics, this exploration examines the circumstances in which this art-on-the-move was created.

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Bill Daniel is a filmmaker whose documentary on the history of hobo graffiti, "Who Is Bozo Texino?," was screened at more than 350 venues worldwide. He has exhibited film, photography, and installation work in several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His work has received awards from Creative Capital, Film Arts Foundation, the Pioneer Fund, Texas Filmmaker Production Fund, the R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, and the Western States Media Alliance. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"An anthology of tramp graffiti, quasi-literate rants 'n' raves from crusties and die-hard train hoppers and pissed-off rail workers, and folklore lexicography distinguishing the differences between, say, a poke-out vagabond and a bobo. It has so much of the charm and flair of the early Industrial Revolution that your fingers feel sooty after reading it." --"Vice" magazine