Legendary Graffiti Writer RISK has released a 350-page monograph. Detroit printmakers, 1xRUN & cultural curator Roger Gastman have joined forces to publish the definitive book on one of the pioneering Los Angeles graffiti originators.
1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. Old Habits Die Hard recounts a career spanning over four decades with RISK detailing his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law. Old Habits Die Hard is available for purchase online now from – href=”http://www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard”>www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard
Over 350 pages and 700+ many never-before-seen photos help navigate the reader through the story of Los Angeles graffiti and how it was shaped. From the very early 80s to present-day, RISK has not slowed down but instead has continued to evolve, remaining at the forefront of the culture.
Over the years, many graffiti writers and street artists have come and gone, but RISK has established that he is here to stay through his constant progression and his willingness to stay true to his art. This book narrates his role as one of the pioneers of graffiti in Los Angeles and his aim to not only push the boundaries of his own art but also help elevate the graffiti movement to worldwide recognition.
Read stories about climbing and painting one of the first LA freeway signs later dubbed Heavens, painting the set of a Michael Jackson video, getting shot at in the infamous Motor Yard, to painting backgrounds for Playboy magazine shoots. The many stories and events that encompass the journey of RISK are impressive and inspiring, fully illustrating his extraordinary ambition.
Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.”
Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts to gallery and museum showings around the world; RISK has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemporary art world.