We are excited to share with you this zine Preview of “Signal! #one” a Urban art Journal containing Graffiti + Theory + Photography. This is the first offset printed issue with a run of 2000 copies. Previously before this edition there was a Xerox printed version in 2011 as well as a xerox printed preview to this issue. That being said this issue is an intense look into graffiti, Urban art, Theory on today’s scene, photography, and much more. A tremendous amount of effort was put into this edition with extensive features and writing from some of today’s top voices in the urban art scene. Signal! #one has initiated a direct action to bring together not only relevant essays and features but a genuine voice of the street. You can buy this issue here and support the effort of the zine.


“SIGNAL! #one is a hybrid periodical that blends elements of a graffiti zine with those of an intellectual scholarly journal. The design has been influenced by everything from David Schmidlapp’s International Graffiti Times two-color hand-collage broadside, to Alan Benedikt’s 12ozProphet precisely gridded computer-aided layouts, to the avant-retro look of Rudy Vanderlan’s Emigre design journal, to the modernized old-timey newspaper feel of Dave Egger’s The Believer literary journal. As for my editorial texts in the zine, I utilize a voice that indiscriminately meshes the unique aesthetic ideals and terminology of Graffiti with the historical concepts and vocabulary of Fine Art. Basically, I’ll use anything it takes to explain why this art form is insidiously effective, culturally relevant, intellectually deep, and singularly unique. Highbrow or lowbrow? Nofuckingbrow! At this point it truly shouldn’t matter anymore because Graffiti has undeniably been a powerful, singular, and culturally relevant art form for forty-five years, and the globally dominant art form for thirty. Therefore, utilizing the above strategy, SIGNAL! is here to add another rung in the ladder of proof to the elitist detractors. With so much evidence having stacked up over the years, Graffiti should no longer be perceived and prosecuted as merely vandalism perpetrated by megalomaniac antisocial teens, but a positive and powerful cultural change agent practiced by conscious objectors of all ages.”

5.5″ x 8.5″
48 pages
2-color offset print
28lb off-white newsprint
edition of 2k
april 2014

02 contents + copyright
04 mission statement
06 lukas fuchsgruber
07 oyama enrico isamu letter
10 means of broadcast
12 fade one: doodle bomber
16 rambo: gifted slayer
20 UFO black book session
24 droid and ufo
26 a roller alphabet by droid
28 smells and cash4
32 rammellzee by natalie hegert
38 aetherial semiotosphere
40 a major minority by poesia/ekg
46 black metal wildstyle
48 contributor notes


UFO 907
has become a NYC legend after 25 years of Outsider Art-style graffiti, depicting a child-like alien and getting up utilizing the methods of a hardcore vandal.

is a get-in-the-van, ride-the-rails, DIY-lifestyle graffiti writer with a penchant for painting massive rollers with a blunt political voice across the country.

have put in a ton of work the past 5 years and are currently roller kings of Brooklyn and NYC, each with their own unique style on and off the street.

is another NYC legend, up for 25 years, who has distinguished himself with a frenetic doodle-bombing style: tweaked tags, twisted outlines, manic pieces.

is another long-time NYC head. He is always everywhere, holding down fame spots as well as cutty graff destinations with a unique poetic voice & classic style.

was a late-70s writer who became an original legend of graff for his visionary theories, AbEx paintings, pop sculptures, and hip hop performance in Wildstyle.

is a graffiti writer from SF in the late-80s; was an early member of Transcend; and became well-known for abstraction. He is the editor of Graffuturism.com.

is a painter influenced by Wildstyle and one of Japan’s premier theorists on graffiti. He is in NYC for a residency and has had a show at Clocktower.

graduated with a Masters in Art History from Berlin Institute of Technology. His focus was 19th century French art, but he also loves to write about writing.

aka Carnage NYC is a photographer, who has also become recognized as a brilliant producer of high-quality graffiti-related publications, t-shirts and prints.

is editor-in-chief for ArtSlantSTREET.com. She received a Masters degree in Art History from Hunter College with a thesis focussed on early graffiti in NYC.

is a Brooklyn-based graffiti enthusiast, photographer and co-founder of The Street Spot blog. Exhibited in NY, LA, and Chicago, and in many books & mags.

is a highly regarded art curator, a crowd bumping DJ, and the graffiti columnist for The Source magazine. His moody monsters are lurking in every doorway.

is a graffiti writer, pixilated painter, art journalist. Editor/designer of this journal. Exhibited: Pandemic Gallery. Published: Graffuturism, Vandalog, ArtSlantStreet.

Brassai Graffiti, Brassai/Picasso, 1930s/2002
The Faith of Graffiti, John Naar and Norman Mailer, 1973.
Symbolic Exchange and Death (Kool Killer chapter), Jean Baudrillard, 1976.
Graffiti Kings: NYC Mass Transit Art of the 1970s, Jack Stewart, 1970s-80s/2009
Gothic Futurism/Ikonoklast Panzerism, Rammellzee, Late 1970s (unpublished).
Getting Up: Subway Graffiti in New York, Craig Castleman, 1982.
International Graffiti Times, David Schmidlapp, 1983-1994.
Subway Art, Martha Cooper/Henry Chalfant, 1984.
Street Art, Allan Schwartzman, 1985.
Spraycan Art, Henry Chalfant/James Prigoff, 1987.
Cream of Wheat Paste: Cost & Revs, ArtForum interview by Glenn O’Brien, 1994.
12ozProphet (magazine), Alan Benedikt/Caleb Neelon, 1993-1999.
Graffito, Michael Walsh, 1996.
The Art of Getting Over, Stephen Espo Powers, 1999.
Scrawl: Dirty Graphics & Strange Characters, Ric Blackshaw/Liz Farrelly, 1999.
Futura, Futura, 2000.
The Vapors, Alan Benedikt/Caleb Neelon, 2000.
Free Agents: A History of Washington, D.C. Graffiti, Roger Gastman, 2001.
Dondi White Style Master General, Andrew Witten/Michael White, 2001.
Sponsorship, Edited by Ryan McGinness, 2003.
Autograf: NYC’s Graffiti Writers, Peter Sutherland/REVS, 2004.
Overspray (magazine), Io Tillet-Wright, 2004-2009.
Graffiti Brasil, Lost Art/Caleb Neelon/Tristan Manco, 2005.
Million Dollar Vandal, Alan Benedikt/Caleb Neelon/Christy Riney, 2006.
Freight Train Graffiti, Roger Gastman/Darin Rowland/Ian Sattler, 2006.
Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents, Nicholas Ganz/Nancy Macdonald/Swoon, 2006.
Mascots & Mugs: The Characters and Cartoons of Subway Graffiti, David Chino Villorente/ Todd Reas James/Jonathan Lethem, 2007.
Writing The Memory Of The City: The Avantgarde Spirit of Berlin Graffiti Writing, Markus Mai/Thomas Wiczak, 2007.
Pixacao: Sao Paulo Signature, Francois Chastanet/Steven Heller, 2007.
Graffiti LA, Steve Grody/James Prigoff, 2007.
Tag Town, Martha Cooper, 2008.
Vandal Squad: Inside the NYC Transit Police Department 1984-2004, Joseph Rivera, 2008.
Street Art: The Graffiti Revolution, Cedar Lewisohn, 2008.
Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC, James T. Murray/Karla L. Murray, 2009.
Graffiti NY, Eric Felisbret/James Prigoff/Luke Felisbret, 2009.
Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents, Nicholas Ganz, 2009.
Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art, Carlo McCormick, 2010.
Ghost: RIS Crew, Alan Ket, 2010.
StayHigh149, Sky Farrell and Chris Pape, 2010.
The Work on the Street: Street Art and Visual Culture, Martin Irvine, 2010.
Rockin’ it Suckers: NYC’s Most Wanted Graffiti Vandals, Alan Ket/Cousin Frank, 2010.
From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-89, Paul Cavalieri, 2011.
How&Nosm: The Brazil Diaries, Amber Gruenhaeuser, 2011.
Graffiti365, Jay Edlin, 2011.
Graffiti and Street Art, Anna Waclawec, 2011.
Abstract Graffiti, Cedar Lewisohn, 2011.
Art in the Streets, Jeffrey Dietch/Roger Gastman/Aaron Rose, 2011.
The History of American Graffiti, Roger Gastman/Caleb Neelon, 2011.
Pantheon: A History of Art from the Streets of NYC, Daniel Feral/Joyce Manalo, 2011.
Early New York Subway Graffiti 1973-1975, Keith Baugh, 2011.
Classic Hits: NY’s Pioneering Subway Graffiti Writers, Alan Fleisher/Paul Iovino/Phase 2, 2012.
Graffuturism, The Exhibition: An Introduction and Historical Overview (Soze Gallery catalog), Daniel Feral/Poesia, 2012.
Deep Space: Matta/Phase2/Futura/Rammellzee, Nemo Librizzi/Joseph Nahmad, 2012.
Futurism 2.0: Symmetry Across Centuries, Daniel Feral/Rob Swain, 2013.
Flip the Script, Christian P. Acker, 2013.
City As Canvas: NYC Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection, Sean Corcoran/Carlos McCormick, 2013.
Viral Art: How the Internet Has Shaped Street Art and Graffiti, RJ Rushmore, 2013.
Outdoor Gallery, Yoav Litvin, 2014.
Blade: King of Graffiti, Steven Ogburn/Roger Gastman/Chris Pape, 2014.
The Infamous (magazine), Philadelphia, ?-2014.
Carnage #7: Mayhem Crew, Carnage NYC/Ray Mock, 2014.