When Norman Mailer and photographer Jon Naar investigated NYC’s graff scene in 1973, most of the artists felt the movement was in decline — but that didn’t stop the pair from documenting (and validating) the in-fact nascent art form.
Teen taggers from the Bronx illuminate the life — and perils — of a graffiti artist to Mailer, who uses the book to connect the burgeoning form to works within MoMA and the Met. This new edition of The Faith of Graffiti contains more than 30 additional photos, and comes at a time when the now-mainstream nature of graffiti affords a whole new perspective.
Watch a book trailer of sorts, buy a copy of your own
, check out tags captured by a new photographer keeping the faith, and see Jon Naar speaking about The Faith and the birth of graffiti.
Enter to win! We have two copies of the new edition of The Faith of Graffiti to give away to a pair of lucky readers. For a shot at one, tell us what your graffiti name is (or would be) and why in the comments below. We’ll pick our favorites and notify the winners via email.