Roger Gastman, Wall Writers curator and author of the book of the same name, hosts a conversation about the roots of graffiti, including the folklore that surrounds its 1960s origins in NYC and Philadelphia, including when TAKI 183 appeared in headlines in the NY TIMES and when CORNBREAD wrote on an elephant at the Philadelphia Zoo. Gastman is joined by Mike Giant and other special guests. Join us in the café prior to the talk for a book signing.
Members: $5 | Nonmembers: $10
Roger Gastman is a collector, curator, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist. He started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland. He later founded and co-published Swindle magazine. Gastman has been involved in several critically acclaimed documentaries, including Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary) and he directed the upcoming documentary WALL WRITERS.
Mike Giant was born in upstate New York and began drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. Mike as had been involved in street and skate culture since he was a teenager, including writing graffiti under the name “Giant,” designing at Think Skateboards in San Francisco, working as a tattoo artist at East Side Ink, Newskool and Everlasting, and founding REBEL8, a clothing brand. He currently lives and works in Boulder.