Rockin' it Suckers
After being out of print for years - ROCKIN' IT SUCKERS is back in a limited 10th Anniversary Edition. The inside story of the crew that has kept graffiti alive in New York City for the past 20 years. Some call it art others vandalism. For the members of the infamous RIS crew the label doesn't matter. ROCKIN' IT SUCKERS is the story of New York City's infamous RIS crew in their heyday. New York in the late 80s: A city tormented by crack and violent crime. At the same time the golden age of hip hop was in full bloom, and despite the violence some found room for creativity. At this time a group of kids got together to taste the last of the city's painted subway trains, just in time to experience a new era in New York's graffiti history -- The authorities decided to clean up the city and a zero-tolerance policy towards graffiti was instituted. While many of the city's graffiti writers quit, the RIS crew was determined to keep the trains colourful and decided to wage their own war with the city. As a result, they took over New York with style, and along the way influenced graffiti writers long way outside the five boroughs. The crack down from the authorities didn't only trigger the RIS crew to write more, it also made them come up with faster techniques and develop their styles, all done with the crews' characteristic arrogance and humorous touch. Soon they became one of the world's most important and influential graffiti crews. ROCKIN' IT SUCKERS feature never before seen images of graffiti by the leading figures in the crew as they share their thoughts on bombing, vandalizing and rocking the city. Essays by: Duel, Fuzz One, Ghost, Ket, and Noxer. Features the work of Bruz, Det, Ghost, JA One, Reas, Sane, Smith, Veefer and many more. Rockin' it Suckers 10th Anniversary Edition is the first publication in collaboration between Dokument Press and the Museum of Graffiti.
About the Authors:
KET is a hustler of culture and the author of several books on the subject of graffiti: Graffiti Planet, Graffiti Planet 2, Sento: The Fantastic Partners, Part One: The Death Squad, and New York City Black Book Masters. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences around the world on the topic of graffiti and public art. He has been painting for over 20 years.
Cousin Frank is a painter of both canvas and train. He developed his unique technique through his involvement in the New York graffiti movement, where he became recognized for his original style and vibrant color combinations. Today, his artwork is exhibited both in esteemed galleries and on the sides of the trains. Cousin Frank is a frequent collaborator with the Stussy clothes label and his work can be found in their shops worldwide.He has been painting for over 30 years.