CHAMP-DE-MARS / RER C
RAP is a Paris originated writer who started doing graffiti in the early nineties. As member of maybe the most iconic French bombing crews U.V. and TPK he has not only been active as a hardcore writer of the capital, he also always kept documenting what was going on around him.
“I’m a graffiti addict, so I couldn’t imagine not taking pictures of others too. So I took pictures of everything I could. […] My aim is to share and save those archives.” (Interview on www.lectrics.fr in 2014)
Whether it has been tags in the streets or tunnels of Paris, heavily destroyed commuter trains, sometimes from all over Europe, or freight trains – RAP always kept an eye open for graff that was worth capturing. With the GRAFFALIFE series he started publishing parts of his big archive material in books and magazines, each with a thematic focus.
In the sixth chapter of RAPs GRAFFALIFE series he focuses on the Champ de Mars tunnel which is located right underneath the most iconic French landmark ever, the Eiffel Tower. Although the No.6 was released in 2012, the photos showing classic Paris handstyle signatures, throw-ups, naive pieces and fast silver bombings, have been taken in the early 2000s. Besides an introduction by RAP his crewmate FUZI wrote a text alongside with statements on the tunnel from IOYE, KONKI, KADE and NASCIO. This zine is an unique document of history including many ancient traces of actions, some dating back to the late eighties.
64 pages, 23,8 x 28,5 cm
Release date: March 2012
Publisher: RAP / GRAFFALIFE
Price: 15 €