- akay & rae -
narrative non-fiction . offset print . 15 x 10 cm . 122 pages . 2011
This is a collection of stories about doing stupid things, getting chased, and almost getting away with it.
Graffiti culture is well-documented but its story has never been told—at least, not like this. Akay called up, chased down, and interviewed each person at the scene of their crime to collect the raw facts and unreliable memories needed for this project. Rae has used every one of her storytelling tricks and twists of phrase to distort the details just enough to tell a true story. The result is a compilation that includes some of the most legendary moments in graffiti history from Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Berlin and chronicles the rarely revealed experiences of individuals who are out night after night, not looking for trouble but getting into it anyway.