Freight Train Graffiti by Roger Gastman, Darin Rowland and Ian Sattler is the definitive history of a particular genre of street art, going back to the days of the rambling hobo. What is striking about this compilation of photos is the very expressive nature of this subculture. It is what it is; there are no attempts at cuteness, irony or gloss. The evolution of freight car as canvas is examined through a vast array of work from the American railroad. There are interviews with the artists/writers and about 1000 images.
Paperback, 352 pages. Harry N. Abrams, 2006. $19.77 at Amazon.