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old habits die hard


By RISK
With text from Roger Gastman and a foreword by SEEN. 

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old habits die hard


By RISK
With text from Roger Gastman and a foreword by SEEN. 

 

 

“RISK is authentic to his original inspiration,
but ambitious in his evolution.” 

- Shepard Fairey

“RISK isn’t an artist, RISK IS A FORCE OF NATURE!”
 
- Ron English

“RISK is to graffiti as AEROSMITH is to rock!”
 
- Aerosmith

1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. With a career spanning over four decades RISK recounts his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law.

Over 350 pages and 700+ many never-before-seen photos help navigate the reader through the story of Los Angeles graffiti and how it was shaped. From the very early 80s to present-day, RISK has not slowed down but instead has continued to evolve, remaining at the forefront of the culture. Over the years, many graffiti writers and street artists have come and gone, but RISK has established that he is here to stay through his constant progression and his willingness to stay true to his art.

This book narrates his role as one of the pioneers of graffiti in Los Angeles and his aim to not only push the boundaries of his own art but also help elevate the graffiti movement to worldwide recognition.

Read stories about climbing and painting one of the first LA freeway signs later dubbed Heavens, painting the set of a Michael Jackson video, getting shot at in the infamous Motor Yard, to painting backgrounds for Playboy magazine shoots. The many stories and events that encompass the journey of RISK are impressive and inspiring, fully illustrating his extraordinary ambition.

 
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The Book


The Book


 

$40.00

Details:
Hardbound + Dust Jacket
8.5” x 11”
Over 350 pages
Over 700 images
Only 2,000 First Editions 

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Published by 1xRUN
Printed in THE USA

Special Collectors Editions Available by Visiting 1xRUN.com




 

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RIsk


Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts to gallery and museum showings around the world; RISK has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemporary art world.

RIsk


Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts to gallery and museum showings around the world; RISK has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemporary art world.

Production


Production


Roger Gastman:  Creative Direction & Editing

Roger Gastman began writing graffiti as a teenager. Since then, he has founded and published the pop culture magazines While You Were Sleeping and Swindle, with Shepard Fairey, as well as authoring more than two dozen art books including the landmark The History of American Graffiti (with Caleb Neelon; Harper Collins, 2011). Also in 2011, along with Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose, he curated the blockbuster exhibition Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gastman was also a producer for Banksy’s 2011 Oscar-nominated film Exit Through the Gift Shop. His recent curatorial project, Pump Me Up: DC subculture in the 1980s, was on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, which doubled the museums attendance of any previous exhibits. It featured an extensive book length exhibition catalog and the premiere of his documentary, The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan, played in conjunction with the show.

 

Art Direction:

Production:

Written by:

Photography:

Shane Jesup

Leon Gonzalez & Deanna Guzman

Trina Calderón, Zio Fulcher, Roger Gastman

All Photos by RISK or courtesy of RISK unless noted. Aaron Farley, Birdman,ANTI, REVOK, Kohshin Finley, Stefan Kocev, POWER, Steve Grody, Gregory Bojorquez, Adam Corlin, Daniel Lahoda, Streets Are Saying Things, Theonepointeight, Adam Wallacavage, FUSE, Michael Delahaut, KET, SLICK, Willie T., Estevan Oriol, Stash Maleski