The Street Art Manual is an illicit, tactical handbook to creating art in public and taking over urban space. Every type of street art is covered, from painting graffiti, to light projections, stenciling, wheat pasting and mural making, with each technique illustrated with step-by-step drawings.
The artists, crews and collectives featured in this book work in the city streets, often unnoticed by passers-by. Most of the street art included here is socially, environmentally and as a result politically engaged. The artworks rise above the individual artist(s) – they are ‘bigger than self’. They have been selected because their works are giving something back to society, something more than just beauty. In addition, a great number of these creators have taken huge personal risks to share their creative visions and poetic forms of resistance around the world. Some operate in countries where freedom of expression is heavily repressed, and the serious risks they face from the state or police should not be underestimated.
The Street Art Manual is best seen, not as a rule book for creating art in the streets, but as a guide, as a provocation for finding – through contact with the public – new visions for the social, cultural, environmental and political possibilities of life.