Before it hits the wall, graffiti is often planned out in a black book?a common artist's sketchbook sometimes called a "piece book"?"piece" being short for "masterpiece." Wellworn and dog-eared, these books are used to develop and trade ideas with other graffiti writers, and they may end up being passed along from artist to artist, becoming unique records of creative expression. Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers chronicles the evolution of graffiti via images that weren't intended for everyday people to see, focusing on the works of New York City writers active from 1970s until the mid-1980s. It brings together hundreds of drawings, most never before published, reproduced on uncoated paper to resemble the pages of an authentic graffiti writer's black book. Bold works from graffiti history's most important sources or "seeds"?Zephyr, Dondi, Daze, CRASH, Lady Pink, T-Kid, CAP, and Ghost, among others?represent a dizzying array of techniques and styles. Fans of graffiti will find this an irresistible inside look at how their favorite artists perfected their talents.Jenkins, Sacha is the author of 'Piecebook', published 2008 under ISBN 9783791338965 and ISBN 379133896X.