Our friends over at Trespass Press released a new zine a few months ago, here is the trailer and description below:
The battle for/against graffiti on trains is ongoing. Panels will be painted, cleaned, and painted again. Cameras will be installed, and consequently broken. Fences cut and fixed and cut once more. Security will sit at the entrance to the depot, and writers will find or make a new entrance. It’s a perpetual game of cat and mouse, with no end in sight.
In most cities, this battle is a silent one. Long gone is the heyday of colorful trains running on the line morning and night. Nowadays, graffiti is often cleaned from trains soon after it appears. Many pieces only run for a short time, if at all. Often the only people who get to view train graffiti in person are the writers who paint it and the police who’s job it is to file the report against it. The average commuter in most cities probably isn’t even aware that the carriage they are riding in was very likely covered in spray paint not too long ago.
Though this combat of paint vs buff is often fought away from the public eye there still are some transit systems where the evidence of vandalistic escapades are left for all to see. Systems that perhaps are too overwhelmed by graffiti to clean it all. Systems that are too lazy to buff, or too broke, or that for whatever reason, just don’t care. These are the systems that are the focus of TRAFFIC, an ongoing series of zines by Trespass Press.
64 Full-Color Pages
100g Woodfree Paper
A6 Size (105mm x 148mm / 4.1″ x 5.8″)
Heavy Card Stock Cover
Edition of 150
Available exclusively at: Trespass Press
Over 10 Asian Countries.
More than 30 Metro Systems.
Applying paint on public transport without permission is a senseless occupation: It’s dangerous, illegal and often disliked. At the end of one’s career there is no big prize, no glory, no golden watch. So what motivates these artists to follow their passion?
Freedumb is not trying to give an answer to anything. It is a discovery, a trip into the unknown, a documentation, without a pre-casted opinion. Like the graffiti on public transport, it just is. The photos from prominent artists Taps & Moses, Utah & Ether and Phil America simply show you what’s happening in the painter world underneath you. They just are, and they will be, whether you love it, hate it or don’t care.
Freedumb alludes to the typical, dark Grifters humor. The search for freedom is a central theme in the world of graffiti.
The proceeds of the show will go entirely to support The Grifters that are currently dealing with legal issues.
Sept 4 / ZÜRICH (Switzerland)
Sept 4-6 / SOFIA (Bulgaria)
Sept 12 / PARIS (France)
More very soon.
Stats: 120 Full-Color Pages 120g Woodfree Paper A5 Size (148mm x 210mm / 5.83″ x 8.27″) Full Bleed Heavy Card Stock Cover Edition of 300
Our box set is available exclusively at Trespass Press, and includes:
1 Screen Printed Box: hand numbered by the artists.
1 Finish InterRail Zine: hand numbered and signed by the artists.
1 Finish InterRail T-Shirt (Choose size from drop down menu).
1 Finish InterRail Double-Sided Poster.
1 Finish InterRail Eggshell Sticker Set (includes 12 limited edition printed stickers, 2 Trespass Press logo stickers and 1 hand-drawn sticker).
1 used AGFA 27 exposure disposable camera, all photos taken by the artists on a previous InterRail.
1 Global Pass Interactive Artist’s Print: Printed on authentic InterRail ticket paper measuring 205mm x 82mm (8″ x 3.25″). Includes two scannable QR Codes that provide access to a private 5 minute video of raw footage from the artists’ previous InterRail holidays. Signed by the artists. Numbered edition of 5.
*All pre-orders will be shipped out on August 12th 2014.