RackGaki  / Japanese Graffiti 

The first dedicated to Japan’s explosive graffiti scene, this book illustrates the work of the major graffiti artists working in Japan today.

RackGaki showcases the creativity that lies within this new and relatively unexplored form of contemporary Japanese art. Interviews with the writers’, as well as the authors’ own experiences in documenting the different aspects of this subculture, fill out a picture of an art form at the cutting edge and often at odds with police and civic authorities. An accompanying DVD brings to life the still imagery of the book, focusing on the different environments that serve as the Japanese graffiti writers’ canvas. There is also footage of graffiti being created, both legal and illegal. Set to a soundtrack by some of Japan’s leading Trip-Hop artists, the viewer is fully immersed in the subculture that is Japanese graffiti.

Cover illustration: ESOW
Production & Design: Studio Rarekind
Publisher: Laurence King
Published: May 2007