Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MSK and Friends!

Here is another RGastman compilation; called Los Angeles Graffiti, it's basically a picture book that includes an interview with the homie POWER CBS.  The name is a bit of a misnomer, since this book only really spotlights a dwarf's handful of crews.  That's chill I guess, but a book entitled LAGraff ought to encompass Los Angeles Graffiti.  I don't know, that's just what I would think... LA has a rich and colorful, prideful and HEATED history, one enormous in the scope of Land Mass, not to mention the sheer amount of heads that have taken to the sport.
First up to bat- the Power Interview..And then  there is a spread that's completely Revok. Six flicks, 1 pic,2 pics,3 pics, right down both pages.  Cool, Revok deserves shine, so that's chill. Turn the page.
Another spread, 6 images of Revok pieces... Well OooohKay, whatever.
Turn the page. Action shot, Rime rocking out, turn the page and ther's a Pic of that piece. The following 2 spreads are pretty much dedicated to Rime.  Then we get a breather... the next page only has one MSK piece, Augor(although the piece is mislabeled Zugor), and otherwise is occupied by a couple freeway shots and a CBS roller under an overpass.  Well well well, it seems we have a little pattern showing up: this is an AWR, tho moreover an MSK tribute.  Almost without exception, from anywhere in the book, yous cain't go 2 pages either way without there being an MSK piece.  So am I hating on MSK, AWR, Revok, Rime?  Hell nah, I'm only reportin' the facts, ma'am.  I do propose in the next printing ought to change the name to LA Graff: MSK and Friends! It could be a series!
Regardless, there are a couple other crews repp'd here, and a couple other Writers spotlighted.  Fishe KOG catches props with some spreads; PDB gets rep, with Ruets hittn the most available space.  Hmm...the evidence shows: Buket and TLok catchin wreck, there are a few pages dedicated to them.  Overall, the fact is-if I were from Alaska or Mississippi or some other graff ignorant place, this book wouldn't actually convey what is implied in the title.  I bet a whole helluva lot of Peeps would hate on this book, not because of the layout, or the flicks, or the size__NAH-they'd simply be upset that this book is named Los Angeles Graffiti.  I can feel that.
Personally, I have no idea why only certain crews, writers, and photos, were presented in this book.  But it's not my place to speculate, only to investigate-and report'ulate to the homies reading this.
This is not a large book by any means, maybe a lttle bigger then a notebook, and with only about 130 pages.  That's not a plus as far as I'm concerned,  the book seems thin and lackluster, but Retna's hand is sick, and the Los Angeles on the cover in the title of the book compels one to grab this up.
THIS IS NOT A BAD BOOK.  It's just not a good rep of LA. It will be a good addition to anyone's collect if they are into Revok, or MSK in general.  Props on so many Pysa flicks...We've all seen most of the Ewok flicks in this book, but Big ups for including them anyway.
The Power interview is worth reading.  If you see this on the rack, well, it's worth THAT much at least. Swoop it up on Amazon if you can get at least 25% off,  unless you are a Hardcore Revok/Rime/TLok fan, then maybe grab it at 15% off.
I think I've hammered in the point, so don't get upset@me when you crack the spine and find only a fraction of LA vandalism within.
Mark Batty Publisher put this book out.  MBP drops some illy Graff/Street Art books out.  Check their website and you'll forgive them for this particular one.

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