MELLIE - Catalogue of Unsolved Crimes
‘People often talk about the beginnings of Dutch graffiti culture in the eighties, but the mid-nineties was when it really exploded and became a subculture surrounded by stories, shadiness and foggy anecdotes. MELLIE had a leading role in many of them’
— Dutch Graffiti Library
For Cataloque of Unsolved Crimes, graffiti legend MELLIE recollects dozens of ridiculous, reckless, totally illegal and sometimes hard to believe adventures in Europe’s train yards and metro tunnels. From his early days in hometown Utrecht at the dawn of the 1990s, MELLIE’s spray-painted name drove transportation companies to madness for the better part of a decade. The name of his MSN crew explained the modus operandi succinctly: Maniakken Stoppen Nooit (‘maniacs never stop’). Catalogue of Unsolved Crimes, containing many contemporary photographs of MELLIE’s pieces, is an intimate memoir about bombing, racking, court cases, drugs & alcohol, friendships, travelling, toys, beef, police chases, fame, and anything in between and serves up vicarious thrills a mile a minute.
Hardcover - 666 copies
Approximately 500 photos
Raps, stories and the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, by MELLIE
Text contributions by KAOS, OPAK, HONET, REAZE, SHAVE, SERIE, PURE, EGS & Dutch Graffiti LIibrary amongst many others.
Books 1-39 are 'Special Edition': the Special Editions are signed and come with a unique drawing by the author of the book on a blueprint of an Amsterdam subway carriages' colour scheme (size 30 x 42 cm). Number 666 is a one off and comes with a miniature set of three painted train carriages (all special editions are sold out).
All books are numbered by certificate.
Pick-ups can be picked up at the warehouse only! Ordered books can be signed on Friday September 22 in De Utrechtse Boekenbar. Come join us for a beer.