Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing

by Good Guy Boris

This book tells the story behind the creation of The Grifters, who in a short time have left a long lasting legacy within the graffiti community, pioneering the analogue aesthetic since it’s inception with it culminating in Grifters Code. In this they translated their analogue photography into a digital video format and used the internet for distribution, something entirely different to the normal ebb and flow of the graffiti world. The book goes on to chronicle the success story and birth of Good Guy Boris, explaining and defining the heritage of The Grifters and Grifters Code, the path that lead from its embryonic stages in the backwaters of Bulgaria, through to becoming a mainstay of graffiti photojournalism in the capital of France – and everything in-between.

Part of the focus of the book is Grifters Code; an episodic series of short films that broke the self-imposed and unwritten rules of vandalism, bringing to the viewer not merely the end result of a graffiti piece, but the whole adventure and mystique that surround the process. “Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing” is a testament not only to the evolution of The Grifters, but modern graffiti as we now know it.

As evidenced by its title, the author seeks to explain the motivations behind the documentation of modern day graffiti and explore the more meta concepts in the graffiti world, such as how The Grifters fuelled a resurgence in analogue photography within the graffiti community.

The book is clad in a cover literally made from the high visibility vests appropriated by the writers who infiltrate rail networks, and contains exclusive behind the scenes photos and unreleased works featuring Europe’s most renowned and infamous artists. As is a trait common of The Grifters, the book’s focus is one that encompasses the who, where and why of the ephemeral world of modern graffiti; not merely the what.

 


Buy the book

Buy Now Grifters Code Book and Film by Good Guy Boris

Buy a signed copy of the “Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing” book, with orange cover, and get a download link for HD, DRM-FREE copy of the film “Grifters Code 6: Über Freaks” by Good Guy Boris. (Click on the photo)

Buy Now Grifters Code Book and Film by Good Guy Boris

Buy a signed copy of the “Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing” book, with green cover, and get a download link for HD, DRM-FREE copy of the film “Grifters Code 6: Über Freaks” by Good Guy Boris. (Click on the photo)

Buy Grifters Code Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing by Good Guy Boris

Buy a signed copy of the “Grifters Code: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing” book, with green cover. (Click the photo)

 


Signed and numbered

All 1000 copies of the collector edition are signed and numbered by the Good Guy Boris.

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Available from 08 February 2017

20p.m. (GMT+1) [ Belgium / France / Germany / Italy / Netherlands / Spain timezones ]
US (EST – New York) – Wednesday 14p.m.
AUSTRALIA (AEDT – Sydney) – Thursday 06a.m.
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Facebook event here.

 

Feeling really excited today, because it is only one week left to the launch of my new book. This project is very important to me because it will close a big chapter of my life. – I named the book Grifters Code: Modern Graffiti Writing because, first, the main highlight is the Grifters Code series, but not only. In the first 100 pages i have wrote down the story of the creation of The Grifters. How this project started about 10 years ago, and how it evolved from a photoblog to one of the world most renowned graffiti phenomenons. How analogue film photography got replaced by DSLR video and its distribution via the internet 1.0 and later in the social media. How my point on view on documenting graffiti and distributing it for free over the internet and the social media, changed the course of modern graffiti writing. – For the first time you will be able to read the story on how and why I created my alter ego Good Guy Boris, who broke on purpose the graffiti taboos, by taking off the mask and showing that graffiti culture and lifestyle in it’s true light – free, and built with positive energy. – Thanks to the #GriftersCode i have met great people among the way and thanks to them i am here today. Thank you all for making this happened, thank you all for your attention and your support. – The book will be available from 08 February from 20p.m. Exactly one hour after the launch i will start a live stream to speak about this project and to do live Q&A. Much love, Boris ♥️

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Title: “GRIFTERS CODE: Documenting Modern Graffiti Writing”
Author: Good Guy Boris
Publisher: The Grifters Publishing
ISBN: 978-619-7267-02-0
Edition: Collector edition of 1000. Signed and numbered
Binding: Glue & Stitched
Body Size: 24x27cm
Weight: 2.5 kg.
Pages: 368 Pages (112 Pages text + 256 Pages photography)
Paper (Text): 120gr. recycled Paper (Photo): 170gr. matt
Print: Colour offset lithography
Cover: Hardcover. Neon fabric with reflective tape. Two color variants: Orange / Green
Language: English

 


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About The Author

Boris is a Parisian based director, visual artist & curator. He is mostly known for founding the internet graffiti phenomenon The Grifters Journal and later with his alter ego Good Guy Boris, which shot him to popularity thanks to the success of a series of web video travelogues entitled Grifters Code. Instagram @president_boris