Skin Graf (Hardcover)

Masters of Graffiti Tattoo

By Michael "Kaves" Mcleer, Billy Burke, Angela Boatwright (Photographs by), Estevan Oriol (Photographs by)

Prestel, 9783791346632, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2013

List Price: 34.95*
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This groundbreaking book gets up close and personal to show how two urban styles have melded together. Graffiti and tattoos are now firmly entrenched as mainstream art forms. Over the past few decades, these raw products of street culture have converged in a unique visual aesthetic definitively documented for the first time in this compelling and inspirational book. Famed graffiti tattoo artist Kaves and tattoo documentarian Billy Burke introduce, one by one, the masters of graffiti tattoo art, their personal stories, and their diverse handiwork. Each chapter contains an in-depth profile, a personal statement, and fascinating photos of studios and clients. Readers will learn about the "skin graffiti" process, view brilliant "flash" drawings (design sketches for patrons to choose from), and come away with a new understanding of and appreciation for an art form that transforms the human body into the ultimate canvas for self-expression.

About the Author

Michael "Kaves" McLeer is a world-renowned graffiti artist and musician turned tattooist. Having left his mark, literally, on the New York City transit system from the age of ten, Kaves eventually turned his attention to legal art in the form of tattooing and fine art as well as acting. He has created original pieces for companies such as Nike, Adidas, and Jaguar and for the Beastie Boys and Metallica, not to mention the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau wine lable for Georges duboeuf. He owns and operates Brooklyn Made Tattoo in his hometown of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, from which he exports all of his unique work.

Praise For Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo

"I can’t praise enough the ambitiousness and scope of this project, which succeeds to no end. The range of talent is breath-taking and I wholeheartedly recommend Skin Graf as a must-have for fans of graffiti art and tattooing." —Tattoosday