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At long last, we have a solid publication documenting the history of graffiti on the southern edge. GRAFFITI SOUTH AFRICA is a new graffiti and street art book by Cale Waddacor, and it’s the first book to showcase South Africa’s graffiti on an international stage.

The book is set to be launched on all you hipsters, art fiends and critics in Cape Town, Jozi and Durban in the next few weeks along with exhibitions, video screenings, live art and other action. Check all event deets at the bottom of this post and come support the underground artists that paint your city for nuthin’ but love!

The 192 page, hard cover book is a real collector’s item for any graf writer or art enthusiast. It includes hundreds of images showcasing the work of South Africa’s most influential graffiti artists and interviews with major personalities including Rasty, Falko, Mak1one, Faith47, Mars, Dreadr, Myza420, OptOne and Gift. Adding a little international perspective is the foreword by legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper.


The author, Cale Waddacor, is a keen photographer, documentarian, and musician from Jozi. He has been documenting the scene for over a decade and launched the GraffitiSouthAfrica.com website in 2011. This book is a testament to his passion for the art form and his goal to preserve for posterity the many fascinating works in Mzansi.

The Graffiti South Africa book launches will take place in Durban, Cape Town and Jozi. The launches will coincide with diverse group exhibitions featuring talented urban and street artists. Other activities include video screenings, street art tours, live painting, sketch wars and book signings. The author will be present at all launches.

Cape Town, 29 January
Space Between – 
139 Albert Rd, Woodstock
•    Official launch of the new studio and gallery space, Space Between (old Lovell Gallery)
•    ‘Urban A’ group exhibition, featuring work by Nardstar*, Ariel23, Ninjabreadboy, Skullboy, Fersyndicate, Steve 
‘Crack’, Chris Auret, Jack Fox and r1
•    Video screening by Cale Waddacor
•    Street art tours in Westridge (SA’s graffiti birthplace) on Fri 30 January and in Woodstock on Saturday 31 January with The Street Is The Gallery Tours.
•    Book signing and live graffiti on Saturday 31 January at Side Street Studios (48 Albert Rd)

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Johannesburg, 26-28 February
Kalashnikovv Gallery
 – 153 Smit Str, Braamfontein
•    Photographs by Cale Waddacor
•    Live graffiti painting
•    Book signing
•    Braamfontein street art tour with Past Experiences

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Durban, (Date TBC)
Open Plan Studio – 
39 Station Dr, Durban
•    ‘Tracksides’ group show by a selection Durban’s finest urban and graphic artists (artists TBA)
•    Sketch wars, sponsored by Posca
•    Video screening and photographs by Cale Waddacor
•    Other entertainment throughout the day to be confirmed

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*Book your place on one of the street art tours by emailing mail@graffitisouthafrica.com. Copies of the Graffiti SA book are limited. Purchase at a discounted rate of R650. Reserve your copy to avoid disappointment.

**Cover graffiti by Mak1one and Nard. Back cover graffiti by Rasty and Veronika.

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