Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Written on the City: Graffiti Messages Worldwide” as Want to Read:
Written on the City: Graffiti Messages Worldwide
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Written on the City: Graffiti Messages Worldwide

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Someone Is Trying to Tell You Something

This book is a glimpse into a vast conversation happening illegally and in public.

All over the world, people are writing messages on the walls and sidewalks of the cities in which we live. They are staying up late, breaking the law, and taking risks to say something to you.

Some of it is funny. Some of it is beautiful. Lots of it is up
...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Northlight
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Written on the City, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Written on the City

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kasandra
Feb 22, 2012 Kasandra rated it it was ok
Great concept, poorly executed. I've personally seen much more interesting, funnier, and more provocative graffiti than this. These authors must be lazy, this book could have been much better.
Amy
Dec 09, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
Eh, I have mixed feelings about this book. The graffiti itself, I adored (for the most part).

But I wasn't a fan of the curation of the book. I know that the book spawned from a blog of the same name, and that the blog itself began with a series of photographs taken by the authors in San Francisco. But I found that San Francisco was way too overrepresented for a relatively short photo book. Out of a six page index, over one and a half pages were dedicated to images from San Francisco, and for a b
...more
Matthew
Sep 10, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who appreciate thoughtful and precise words
This was written by a friend of mine. Mostly it's a pictorial of graffiti around the world... not presented as an art or coffee table book, but as a statement or reflection of humanity. This is not about tagging or defacing valuable and private property. This is about heartfelt messages reaching thousands through the efforts of a few that risk much to share their words... and for little reward except being read.
JoAnn
Aug 12, 2010 JoAnn rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010
I have to admit, some graffiti is amazing, thought provoking, humorous and beautiful. I hadn't thought much about their messages until looking through this book. Messages of hate and despair are the most disturbing... and heart wrending.
Molly
Dec 01, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, 2008, art
there are photos of freak alley gallery in boise in this book, which made me more excited than any rational person should ever get over graffiti.
Mark
Apr 13, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
This book had some interesting stats on graffiti and the battle against it by some major metropolitan areas.
More importantly thought is that it gave me a couple decent ideas for "projects".
Nicholas
Nicholas rated it it was ok
Jul 23, 2012
e
e rated it liked it
Aug 06, 2015
Nancy Slater
Nancy Slater rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2016
Nate
Nate rated it liked it
May 17, 2012
Amanda Lillard Colohan
Amanda Lillard Colohan rated it really liked it
Feb 19, 2012
Aizl
Apr 10, 2016 Aizl rated it liked it
Some bitches surreptitiously whimpered and it made me nauseated.
Gary Logan Hobdy
Gary Logan Hobdy rated it liked it
Sep 22, 2011
Ally Wally
Ally Wally rated it it was amazing
Sep 10, 2015
Leah Buzek
Leah Buzek rated it really liked it
Apr 23, 2013
Angeli Kristine
Angeli Kristine rated it really liked it
Dec 09, 2012
Darcy Jansen
Darcy Jansen rated it liked it
Jan 01, 2015
Ms.
Ms. rated it it was amazing
Nov 08, 2011
Gregory
Gregory rated it it was ok
Dec 01, 2016
Apie
Apie rated it it was amazing
May 30, 2012
Angeline
Angeline rated it it was amazing
May 03, 2010
Jessica
Jessica rated it liked it
Jan 15, 2014
Cheryl
Cheryl rated it liked it
Apr 22, 2016
Elizabeth
Elizabeth rated it liked it
Oct 01, 2011
Kasra
Kasra rated it liked it
Jan 21, 2016
L
L rated it it was amazing
Jun 05, 2009
Glorianne Roccanova
Glorianne Roccanova rated it really liked it
Jun 12, 2014
Cooper Callinan
Cooper Callinan rated it liked it
Oct 22, 2016
Lyndsey Anderson
Lyndsey Anderson rated it really liked it
Jul 14, 2009
Amanda
Amanda rated it really liked it
Jul 12, 2015
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book