Book Launch & Panel: Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore by Freddy Alva — in conversation w/ Sacha Jenkins, Ezec, KR ONE, & JERE.
Urban Styles, the debut book from author and documentarian Freddy Alva is a 350 page tribute to some of the most vibrant and gritty street culture New York has ever produced. In his quest to document the merging of Hip-Hop culture and New York Hardcore, Alva delivers a treatise on one of the overlooked aspects of New York’s Hardcore scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Through a series of in-depth interviews with graffiti writers, bands, graff crews, and historians, Urban Styles examines both the sociological and artistic impact that an outlaw movement of visual art and visceral music had on a generation of disenfranchised youth.
The Q&A panel for the discussion of the book Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore, as well as the history of graffiti as an art form and its entwined history with the New York Hardcore scene will be comprised of graff writers and musicians who were at the forefront of both cultures and have a firsthand grasp on its history and proliferation.