Ruyzdael announces the release on October 25th of Shave's Cut, Cult. Need. & Dedication in collaboration with Dutch Graffiti Library. The book is a tribute to graffiti in the Netherlands. A manifest of 352 pages in photos - mainly unpublished until now - honoring the essence and zeitgeist of street-culture in its purest form.
Shave's Cut is the visual autobiography of graffiti artist Shave, nom de plume of a pioneer in the Dutch graffiti scene. For the past 35 years, Shave has made coded statements in public spaces: hidden in plain sight on trains and walls, his pieces raw and bold in nature.
War of words
Shave confronts the public, uninvited and unannounced. By writing pieces he rebels against 'standard bullshit', offering a new interpretation of reality.
"Shave your head. Shave eyebrows. Shave all hair. Get rid of hair. Get rid of all the hoopla, lose the philosophical discussion about graffiti, forget the newest fads. Shave hasn't paid attention to the trends in graffiti, he learned graffiti a long time ago and even though life is in flux, hyper-speed, never-ending nonsense, Shave has kept that original idea and feeling about graffiti as his mooring."
352 pages, unseen photos in colour
Printed on 22 different paper qualities