Graffiti is perpetually and increasingly a controversial subject dividing opinion and rousing powerful debate, yet almost nothing is known about the true motivations and inspirations of the artists themselves. Crack & Shine offers exclusive insight into this thriving contemporary sub-culture, gaining access to the personal stories of some of the most secretive, enigmatic and creative individuals to lurk in London’s shadows. Featuring forty of the most exciting and prolific graffiti artists to have lived and painted in London, Crack & Shine is the only London graffiti book ever to be published. Also presenting the work of London-based photographer Will Robson-Scott, Crack & Shine includes a series of over 50 beautifully-composed photographs, created exclusively for the book; giving articulate and vivid insight into the awkward moments of waiting, the apprehension of hiding and the calm and stillness that comes with seeing the world from an altered perspective.
“The London graffiti scene was a closed and unforgiving one. Information was guarded.”
“Dedicated to all [graffiti] writers, young and old, who feel the true energy in their hearts, be inspired not only by other art but by your heart and also by the nothingness, because out of nothing always comes something”
The Dirty Tunnel Bunny
“When compared to the visual internet presence of current urban artists one realises how times have changed. It really blows my mind how many incredible pieces of art have been painted on Tubes that were not photographed and are lost forever. It’s mad to look back on so many years of our lives that no one knows about.”