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- Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 216mm x 220mm x 18mm | 621g
- Publication date: 14 May 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1856695042
- ISBN 13: 9781856695046
- Illustrations note: 230 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,220,750
Badges, buttons and pins have been around for over a century. Today they're everywhere: on lapels and bags all over the world and in the sketchbooks and on the screens of some of the hottest graphic designers, artists and illustrators. A badge can be a cheap and easy way to display political or cultural affiliations or it can simply be a fashion accessory. Cheap to produce and easy to make at home, the humble badge is the new Tshirt. A guide to the best and most beautiful badges being produced right now be they graphic, textual or plain illustrative this book explores the rich variety of uses of the badge since the year 2000 whether it be promotion, revenue-raising or simply decorative. It will appeal to graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, artists, music lovers and badge enthusiasts of all ages.
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Ryo Sanada and Suridh Hassan of Studio Rarekwai specialize in the promotion of international culture and music through documentary production and film. Their documentary film on Japanese Hip-Hop culture - "Scratching the Surface: Japan" - has been broadcast across Europe. This was followed by successful screenings at the 12th Raindance Film Festival in London and the Vancouver International Hip-Hop Film Festival.
Table of contents
Foreword: Leading graffiti "writer" Kress recollects how far Japanese graffiti has come in the last twenty years; Introduction: Ryo Sanada and Suridh Hassan of Studio Rarekwai; Tools of the Trade: Zen One, a pioneering graffiti "writer" from Osaka, discusses the kinds of spraycans, paint, and techniques used in Japan today; Writers: The main section of the book, featuring the work of principal "writers" and crews active in Japan; supported by anecdotes and interviews, including the work of Kress, Butobask, SCA Crew, Kane, Esow, Sasu, Kami, Espy, Sqez, Casper, Depas, Very, Zen One, Ekys, QP, Tabu, Sklawl, Suiko, Tenga, Emar, and Zys; Locations: The principal sites across Japan where the graffiti community "writes": including images from the streets of Tokyo and Osaka, it also features particularly famous sites in Shibuya district and Yoyogi park in Tokyo, the Sakuragi-cho in Yokohama, Nikotama bridge and the abandoned hospital in Kanagawa, and the tunnels in Osaka; Japan Rail: Number one train bomber Butobask tells about the challenge and satisfaction to be found in painting trains; All Asia: Graffiti ambassador Very talks about his travels in search of new graffiti scenes in Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea. and China.