Distinctive hand style lettering is an essential skill for artists and designers. Deftly executed hand crafted letter forms are a nearly forgotten art in an age of endless free fonts. Graffiti is one of the last reservoirs of highly refined, well practiced penmanship.
The most reviled and persecuted form of Graffiti, the Tag, is seldom appreciated for the raw beauty of its skeletal letter forms. Most tags are removed immediately, and thus the casual viewer seldom has a chance to discern the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles.
Within the pages of Flip the Script, author Christian Acker has systematically analyzed the best graffiti hand styles, contextualizing the work of graffiti writers from around the United States. Acker presents the various lettering samples in a clean organized format, giving the material a proper, formal treatment evoking classic typography books.
ABOUT Christian P. Acker:
I’m a multi-disciplinary designer. I have run design teams as an Art Director and I have worked solo, doing it all from concept and execution to production. I love living, working and raising a family in New York City. Originally from New Jersey, I moved to New York in 1998 to attend Parsons School of Design, where I teach classes every few semesters. I have worked in Branding, Broadcast, Sport and Fashion and am most interested in the work that intersects these and many other areas. When I get a free minute I am working on a calligraphy-based history of graffiti in America. It will be published through Gingko Press.
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