Tuesday, June 30


Coventry Books
The Sun Bookshop
Reader's Feast

Angus & Robertson
Uni Bookshops
Gallery Bookshops

Strictly BMX
239 Flinders Lane (Melb)
Rocking Horse Records (Bris)
Tahnished Productions (Adelaide)
Writers Block (Melb)
Final Outline (Melb)
This Is It (Melb)
Giant Productions (Melb)
clinic116 (Adelaide)
Wax Museum Records (Melb)
Obese Records (Melb)
The Butcher Shop (Perth)
Outre Gallery (Melb)
Villain Store (Melb)
You Name It (Melb)
Northside Records (Melb)

Saturday, June 27

What It Means.

I don’t know where to start really. I am writing in an attempt to express my gratitude in respect to your amazing book. Not because I wanted to be recognized for what I painted back in those days. But because of the deeper embodiment of culture and family that was integral to the scene, that you have captured in Kings Way. And by way of inclusion with all the other writers from back in those days, I feel humbled and healed to be a part of this book.

Humbled because I only ever dreamt of meeting all the kings I admired, and healed because of the amount of shit I copped from my ‘family’ at home (whom set me up in 1989, watched me get raided, and gave the police photos of my trains!). It feels more worth it than ever, now reflecting on what we did. But more so who we did it with. I have loved being a part of the graf community ever since I was involved then.

The most dedicated, and interesting people, I have ever met are writers. My closest friends are writers; their loyalty, humour, friendship and respect have helped me in my life more than I could express. To finally have the Melbourne graf family tree, from our era, manifested as something concrete is nothing short of profound. I cannot honestly tell you how moved I am by this work, and what it represents to me.

You have expressed, and set in stone, what was so important, and often so misunderstood, for all involved in those years. The book is remarkable, because of this, and these many levels it operates on. It is far more than the visual documentation of an era. It encapsulates the dream we were all a part of, our countercultural crusade, an underground family that did something so important all those years ago. Which for me always felt somewhat unresolved. Something so personally monumental, that was a secret from the world and a legacy, that up until now remained somewhat in the limbo of our memories.

Thankyou for representing this time, these memories and our lives. I think you have healed a lot of things, for a lot of writers. How does one say thankyou for bringing this peace into ones life? I am not sure, I don’t think we could ever express our gratitude as well as you have represented us. You make me proud to be a Melbourne writer and you have made us all proud.

Thankyou and congratulations on the book. I agree with you...it is bigger than us all!

Respect always, 
Rus Kitchin

Australian Edge

Interview with the authors. Click here.

Herald who?

Lies and more lies. You decide!

Tuesday, June 23

This is it

The good times roll as another old school Melbournite
revels in the pages of a Kings Way pre release... 8 days and counting!

Saturday, June 20

Fever Pitch

Melbourne RDC crew native "Shem" painted this killer rendition of 'Kings Way' at Knox today, complete with character straight from the cover. The book is still not on the shelves for another 9 days, but the anticipation is reaching a feverish height... ! Thanks for the kind gesture Shem. Big up!

R.I.P Iz the Wiz

Without the pursuits of our New York City forefathers, this great culture would be non existent. Iz the Wiz TMB was one of the most inspirational and influential writers of the pioneering New York scene, the longest reigning all city king in NYC history. Iz was known for his quick, simple, two letter throwups and colourful, fun letterstyles. Due to his massive commitment to the art and subsequent years of exposure to toxic paint fumes, Iz acquired Kidney failure and after a lengthy struggle, sadly passed away on the 18th June 2009. The car seen above "Hell IZ for children" awe inspired many Melbourne kids, along with Iz's immortal words in the film Style Wars. Rest In Peace. A true graffiti legend, you will never be forgotten. Chek out Iz's profile here http://www.at149st.com/iz.html

Friday, June 19

Old School Danny

"After checking it out slowly and carefully last night, I can honestly say, it's an absolutely outstanding effort. I'm not being provincial in any way, but it's clearly obvious to anybody with any type of interest in the subject, Kings Way is simply one of the best books of its type ever produced or released. Period." 
Old School Danny, VISION 14 (pictured)
Pic by DJ Krisy, 1985

Thursday, June 18

Finally a street art with some soul!

The Graffiti book Melbourne had to have

Wednesday, June 17

Kings Way the title

The 'Kings Way' book title was inspired by this early featured work.
Executed by two of Melbourne's utmost kings; 'Kings' by Prime and 'Way' by The Dskyzer, the burner appeared in the canyon on the southern side of Camberwell station in 1986, with the section of wall and track becoming known of course, as 'Kings Way'. 'Kings Way' came to symbolise the majesty and pride of the early scene and was inititally coined as the title for Duels 'Kings Way magazine' in 1990. Kings Way is also one of Melbourne's crucial road arterials that unites southside traffic with the city centre.

Monday, June 1

It's real!

After an epic year and a half the first copy of the book has landed in Melb's. Here's a sneak peak of what to expect. 384 pages from the golden era of Melbourne graf. The real deal old school. For more pics on the book go here.