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“Since the 1920s, railworkers and hobos in America have begun to mark freight trains with their very own symbols and signatures using chalk or oil paint sticks. They used the same so called monikers over decades. Some of them became legends over time, with thousands of monikers running all across North America.
Nowadays, all kinds of people of every age mark freight trains. Those also include graffiti writers. However, there are still railworkers and old freight train lovers who have been pursuing this hobby for more than 50 years now.”
In 2013 Stromer Kid traveled to Canada’s west coast to find out about this aged culture by himself. In MARK ALL., a pun on the legendary oil chalk markers, you can find atmospheric shots of the industrial landscape in Vancouver, British Columbia, capturing the railroad charm as well as a fine selection of spotted monikers.
Although only exploring the yards of one city, you can find famous monikers like The Watchman, Coaltrain, Colossus of Roads, Take 5, Tex Goth, The Rambler, Bookman, Wooden Axle, High Pockets, Witchhat or 2359 in this publication. This slightly hints the amount of signs the guys left on trains which traveled all over North America in the last decades.
The zine was first released in 2013 with a limited run of 25 copies only. We are happy to offer copies from the 2nd revised softcover version now.
56 pages, A5 (21 x 14,8 cm), signed
Release date: October 2020
Publisher: Tucker Bag Press