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Keep Your Mouth Shut: Graffiti Art & Street Culture in Chicago and Beyond


208 pages
Edited by FLEX KYM
22.8 x 27.7 cm
Language: English
Publisher: Schiffer

A raw collection of photos and stories spotlighting the artistic process and dangerous adventures of a Chicago graffiti artist as he creates unsponsored works of art around the world

More than 350 photographs combine with previously untold firsthandstories to offer readers a rarely seen look into graffiti art and streetculture, asubculture that has grown seemingly without boundaries. Vibrant, urgent prose takesreaders into the emotions and physical experience of bringing street artinto existence, capturing the moments of creation as well as thecamaraderie of souls bound by these acts of expression.

• Each story is a real-life mini action adventurefollowing FLEX | KYM’s trajectory from local artist to world traveler toincarcerated individual to creator with reignited passion
• Underpinning thestory of the art is that of Chicago and its growth intoa city internationally recognized for live-action urban painting
• As the art ignites a path to form global networks, the journey takes readers to New York, NewJersey, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague,Bratislava, Catania, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Stockholm, Bangkok,Barcelona, Istanbul, Athens, and Berlin
• Features images of art by FLEX, ARK, FACT, SKOL, DTEK, SPIN, HEAR, NYKE, and other graffiti artists from Chicago and beyond

This visceral look at the artistic process takes readers deep inside theworld of graffiti art—a subculture that is now more celebrated thanever.