BOOKS: Rack Gaki

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Billed as the first book dedicated to Japan's graffiti scene, RackGaki, a $24.95 hardcover from Laurence King Publishing, boasts 230 color illustrations and an accompanying DVD that includes scenes of the street artists at work, backed by a soundtrack of Japanese trip-hop. Authors Ryo Sanada and Suridh Hassan of Studio Rarekwai are in fact documentary filmmakers whose study of Japanese hip-hop culture, Scratching the Surface: Japan, has been seen at several film festivals. The title of the book is the Anglicized version of the Japanese word for graffiti, rakugaki, whose street pronunciation gives props to "racking" — i.e., shoplifting — cans of spray paint. Seen here is some art from the book.
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