The book “Children of the Can: Bristol Street Art and Graffiti” by Felix ‘FLX’ Braun is the follow-up to 2008’s “Children of the Can: 25 Years of Bristol Graffiti”. Both books have in common that they are tributes to Graff scene in Bristol, UK, as well as a homage to the artists located in or around Bristol or who have formlery operated in the town.
If you ever wondered what the visual artists from the band Massive Attack has done before being a band member in the successful group, this book will give you an answer. If you ever wanted to know more about the artist known by the name Banksy. This is your source.
And what I didn’t know before reading the author Felix ‘FLX’ Braun was or still is an artist himself. So, this all comes from a great source, with nice contacts to a lot of artists.
I always liked Graffiti. Of course, there are pictures I find more pleasant than others. Especially when it looks like a sketch on a wall with no meaning or sense behind it. And yes, I know you have to start somewhere with something and analyze it later to grow from it and be wiser. But it doesn’t mean I need to like it.
But the more mature pictures, even though still damage to property, have a look that is quite, visually speaking, pleasing. Once seen, it is just a siren’s song to me and must have a closer look if somehow possible.
Felix ‘FLX’ Braun and a few websites make it quite easy to watch new pieces around different cities and countries. “Children of the Can” provides you with over 300 pages, nicely coloured images in early stages of Graffiti as well as new ones. Seeing all those pieces should really be an eye-opener to the public, not only seeing the negative site but also the good one. I assume that concrete looks better nicely coloured, especially when the building’s already empty and of no use.
All these different artists and crews in Children Of The Can like Unwellcome Relatives, 3D, Banksy, Cheba, Cheo, FLX, Inkie, Kato, Mr. Jago, Nick Walker, Will Barras, Seza, Tickz, Turo, and more – all of them have unique style. Just see those pictures make me feel better and privileged, because Graff writer usually don’t throw pictures around. Especially illegal ones, so I always like Graff books just because I can see new pieces.
Graffiti fans and people who find think art is quite pleasant and / or the book sounds interesting will get a huge load of information and pictures from various artists.