Video: Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant on the 25th Anniversary Edition of Subway Art

Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant talk about their seminal graf bible Subway Art and the new 25th Anniversary reissue that’s about to drop.

Not to sound dramatic or anything, but this book pretty much changed my entire life. It’s the reason why you know me as ‘eskay’ today. It’s the reason why I love art. It’s the reason why they have my name on the books down at 100 Centre Street.

I destroyed property because of this book. I shoplifted because of this book. I cut school because of this book. I ruined mad gear because of this book. I made friends, and eventually lost some, all because of this one book.

Well, this and Spraycan Art. Those two books right there started some shit.


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53 Responses to “Video: Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant on the 25th Anniversary Edition of Subway Art

  1. Geronimo P Says:

    So last night me and wifey hit up the pete rock party in the hudson hotel. Damn Pete Rock had that motherfucker jumping. When he play Criminology, niggas lost their minds in there.

    Then we headed to APT for the DJ Premier party. Holy Shit, that nigga Preemo is the fucking truth.

    I still can’t believe that I met and shook hands with two of the 4 people that made me become a DJ in one night.

  2. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    *bangs Sleeps Girl on the Subway*

  3. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    Geronimo P Says:

    Then we headed to APT for the DJ Premier party. Holy Shit, that nigga Preemo is the fucking truth.

    I still can’t believe that I met and shook hands with two of the 4 people that made me become a DJ in one night.

    ^^^
    Groupie ass Nigga. CLICK them damn Links.

  4. A tribe called quest aka Bitch, Im the space invader Says:

    # A tribe called quest aka Bitch, Im the space invader Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    daps cold n pockets too, im mad lazy today.

    Shitty day gets even worse
    # A tribe called quest aka Bitch, Im the space invader Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    2009 American League – Standings
    EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
    Toronto 10 4 .714 – 5-2 5-2 87 58 +29 Won 2 7-3
    Boston 7 6 .538 2.5 5-2 2-4 67 59 +8 Won 5 6-4
    NY Yankees 7 6 .538 2.5 2-2 5-4 70 87 -17 Won 1 6-4
    Baltimore 6 7 .462 3.5 4-2 2-5 70 99 -29 Lost 5 4-6
    Tampa Bay

    *Harlem shakes*

  5. thekid10705 Says:

    Well Done Es!

  6. Big_seth aka Bruce Bamma Says:

    *sheds tear*

    That was a great story eskay.

    This is pretty cool. Even though the book is actually older than me.

    Big_seth’s 24th anniversary coming soon.

  7. AmpGeez a.k.a. Fuck Yo' Thoughts Says:

    Not to sound dramatic or anything, but this book pretty much changed my entire life.
    ============================
    Werd.

    Must be a slow day for music.

  8. Smear Says:

    Whats good Tribe… still not fuckin wit that Clipse jawn?

  9. sean coonery Says:

    It’s the reason why they have my name on the books down at 100 Centre Street.

    I destroyed property because of this book. I shoplifted because of this book. I cut school because of this book. I ruined mad gear because of this book. I made friends, and eventually lost some, all because of this one book.

    ^I Though Eskay was an upstanding law abiding citizen.

  10. R.J.Orion Says:

    *RZA’s it up*

    ” … Bzzzz.. you hear the hornet, you ducks don’t want it
    my dogs blast turbo, supersonic
    Hats off, welcome back, like the sweathog
    Bobby Digital, half-man and half-cyborg
    NY City, home of the fly bitties
    With high-heel shoes and tattoos on size titties
    Shorties swallow up the apple cider
    Ra’ doin a buck forty in the yellow Spyder
    With the black interior, my mack superior
    to your theory of gats, up in the cafeteria
    I used to cut class and bang lunch tables
    With four finger weaves and long chunky gold cables
    Now I’m known to smack drum machines, carry Guillotines
    Watch my bullets scream…

    *makes long whistling noise*

    … and hit the target
    You can’t trace the path in air from which it started …”

    “…you’re no warriorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr… you cant bang like us …

    mommy … its the killer beeeez …”

  11. th!z Says:

    cosignnn eskay, all writers have flipped thru these pages in awe.. a friend of mine got it for me for my birthday my freshman year of high school, and it was a wrap from then on..

  12. nation Says:

    Redman story

    4/20/2010

  13. A tribe called quest aka Bitch, Im the space invader Says:

    Whats good Tribe… still not fuckin wit that Clipse jawn?

    –Daps.. wattup my dude… Nah its been growing on me lately [ll] I fucks wit it

  14. Smear Says:

    You still pull the marker out SK? You should put up some pics of ya shit.
    I never had the patience for pieces just tags n throw ups

  15. A tribe called quest aka Bitch, Im the space invader Says:

    Catcher in the rye changed my life. At one point i made decision around what i thought holden would do

  16. R.J.Orion Says:

    ” Not to sound dramatic or anything, but this book pretty much changed my entire life. It’s the reason why you know me as ‘eskay’ today. ”

    ———-

    eskay cried while he was typing this …

  17. Smear Says:

    nice to see the molotow ad on the page now….good marketing. Although paying for cans is kinda like cheatin

  18. R.J.Orion Says:

    “… I destroyed property because of this book. I shoplifted because of this book. I cut school because of this book. I ruined mad gear because of this book. I made friends, and eventually lost some, all because of this one book…”

    ———–

    this is where the tears really overcame him …

  19. eskay Says:

    >>You still pull the marker out SK? You should put up some pics of ya shit.

    yeah, every now and then.

    http://www.paintthatshitgold.com/submission.php?id=1199&p=0&q=g

  20. Smear Says:

    Whats good Tribe… still not fuckin wit that Clipse jawn?

    –Daps.. wattup my dude… Nah its been growing on me lately [ll] I fucks wit it
    ^^
    *daps*

    thought u were avoidin a polite hello due to my bow thrown last night lol..
    Cheers kid

  21. eskay Says:

    we don’t get emotional over here Land.

  22. TheCo!!inB Says:

    that’s the type of story that can take an unexpected turn withoutwarning.
    i shoplifted because of this book. I snorted coke with a mexican woman and a donkey because of this book.
    …..i know you got some flicks eskay, lemme see somethin [ll]

  23. A tribe called quest aka Bitch, im the space invader Says:

    Lol@smear

  24. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    *eskays it up*

    The Island of the blue Dolphins (book) changed my life, special shout out to the HARDY Boys Books

  25. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    But Guiness book of World Records truly truly made me who I am. shout out to the dude with them long ass fingernails

  26. R.J.Orion Says:

    so you spit in peoples’ mouths quietly, even-keeled, and with a blank stare on your face?…

    i refuse to believe that …

    in fact …

    you seem to be just the opposite … a cantankerous, boisterous, George Jefferson of the blog game, type of dude …

    but i could be wrong (doubt it) …

  27. A tribe called quest aka Bitch, im the space invader Says:

    *eskays it up*

    *Subscribes to oprahs book club*

  28. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    four of five niggas with furs on…………

  29. AmpGeez a.k.a. Fuck Yo' Thoughts Says:

    ” Not to sound dramatic or anything, but this book pretty much changed my entire life. It’s the reason why you know me as ‘eskay’ today. ”

    Mad gay

  30. eskay Says:

    >>so you spit in peoples’ mouths quietly, even-keeled, and with a blank stare on your face?…

    yes.

  31. Farouq (ya thats my government) aka Nah’s Ving Rames in Baby Boy Says:

    I even wore my versace frames with clear lenses no prescription to look more presentable to your parents(c)Ray J to Unique whilst wearing a white fur coat

  32. Skrong Taper: The Line-UP Prince Says:

    *Eskay’s it up*

    Goosebumps books made me into the serial killer I am today.

  33. eskay Says:

    >>Mad gay

    like your father

  34. R.J.Orion Says:

    *Allah’s it up*

    I created the Earth because of this book …

    I had them build the Ka’bah to store this book …

    “this book” > The Glorious Qur’an

  35. seth gueko Says:

    where’s da ricky ross the baws ish
    “Cigar Music (iTunes Bonus Track)” (Feat. Masspike Miles)

  36. AmpGeez a.k.a. Fuck Yo' Thoughts Says:

    It’s the reason why they have my name on the books down at 100 Centre Street
    ==============================
    I thought that was for male prostitution?

  37. eskay Says:

    >>I thought that was for male prostitution?

    nah, that was your pops too.

  38. SNORT_SNORTCRAZY88SINCE88 Says:

    eskay Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    >>Mad gay

    like your father

    ^^^
    Rassssssssssssssssssssssssssclot!

  39. R.J.Orion Says:

    *eskay cuts school because of “this book”*

    *eskay cant even read “this book”*

    *eskay has a very young “nation” (then known as Nathan) read it to him*

    *eskay and “nathan” cry together while spray painting their room at the Yonkers homeless shelter*

  40. nation Says:

    http://www.paintthatshitgold.com/submission.php?id=1199&p=0&q=g

    ^ lol @ the comments added today here

  41. AmpGeez a.k.a. Fuck Yo' Thoughts Says:

    *eskay and “nathan” cry together while spray painting their room at the Yonkers homeless shelter*

    ROFL!

  42. R.J.Orion Says:

    ^^^

    It’s the reason why I love art.

    ————-

    romeo downer prints = art

    bombing trains and bodega walls = vandalism …

  43. nation Says:

    >> nice to see the molotow ad on the page now….good marketing.

    yes, whatever you say, we just should stop talking about things that are teh ghey

    let’s start talking about the things that pay top dollar. oh man i really wanna buy a YACHT…

  44. eskay Says:

    *goes bombing in BillzLand*

  45. R.J.Orion Says:

    eskay Says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    *goes bombing in BillzLand*

    ————-

    … The Mayor of BillzLand, the honorable DBillz, has indeed put you in a dank cell, to decorate as you wish …

  46. mynerone GODS! Says:

    Agrees with eskay. I still have the original copy that was handed down to me from my Chicago elite writers!

  47. prince okigbo Says:

    eskay you are a bitch you heard me. respond to my comment

  48. prince okigbo Says:

    i know martha cooper

  49. prince okigbo Says:

    that nigga eskay is a stupided ass bitch did y’all no that all ways writeen comments with dumb ass like i said bitch respond to comment. bitch

  50. prince okigbo Says:

    eskay scary he a dumb ass you why because he can’t respond to my comments because hes a pussy. so he should suck a dick.

  51. Dr.PostALot Says:

    Happy 25th anniversary! Great Post Eskay

  52. NepsOne Says:

    WERD! THOSE TWO BOOKS DEF SET IT OFF MANG! Well that and going to A & D H.S ..GOOD POST HOMIE

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