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Arabic Graffiti is an extensive reference book on contemporary Arabic graffiti, urban calligraphy and type design, published by FHTF Publishing. It is curated and authored by Lebanese typographer Pascal Zoghbi and graffiti writer and publisher Stone aka Don Karl. For many years street graffiti in the Middle East conveyed mostly political and revolutionary messages. The voices of the people were not manifested on the streets, but it was rather the slogans of the political parties that covered the walls. By the mid 90s the scene was changed, as the underground artistic movement started to express itself on the streets, gaining the public’s attention and respect. Arabic Graffiti keeps an eye on the fascinating developments of this urban art in the Middle East. It brings together artists, graffiti writers, designers, and typographers from around the world who merge Arabic calligraphy with the art of graffiti writing, street art and urban culture.

The book includes a rich assortment of photos featuring the artwork and thoughts of Arabic graffiti and street art styles by: Hassan Massoudy, Malik Anas Al-Rajab, eL Seed, Hest1, Julien Breton, L’ATLAS, Aerosol Arabic, Native & ZenTwO, Zepha aka Vincent Abadie Hafez, Typism, Akut and many more. In addition, the book includes essays by distinguished authors and scene experts such as: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Rana Jarbou, Tala F. Saleh, Houda Kassatly and William Parry.

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