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An Hour With(out) Banksy

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

ABC Meets: Street artists Slinkachu and Vhils

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Street artists Slinkachu and Vhils will be at our Amsterdam store next Friday to launch their new books. Details are still being finalised  and this post will be updated when we know more!

Date: Friday October 1st
Place: American Book Center, Spui 12, Amsterdam
Time: 5:30 pm


Slinkachu is not immediately recognisable as an Urban artist. His work is much more subtle than that of, say, Banksy or Shepard Fairey. And tinier. So tiny in fact that you may trample upon one of his pieces before you realize that you are stomping on a work of art. Slinkachu makes very, very small minature installations of miniscule people, which he then photographs in urban settings as though he has caught them unawares, going about their daily business.

To see examples of his work, watch the book trailer of Big Bad City, see his blog, or watch him talk about his work in an interview on

Mixing sharp humour with a delicious edge of melancholy, Big Bad City is a new (Dutch) edition  of Slinkachu’s book Little People in the City. It is a painstaking selection of photographs that appeared in the original edition, but also added work Slink has made since the publication of Little People in the City and some photographs he made in Amsterdam and Rotterdam especially for this Dutch edition.


Vhils is the name of a prolific Portuguese street artist whose  portraits are drilled into walls, or made using ink, bleach and found materials. His work became famous when on  of his pieces  appeared alongside a piece by Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008, and made it to the front page of The Times.

To find out more, read an interview with him about his early grafitti in Portugal, see more work on his website, and watch the trailer for his new book, or this beautiful short film showing him at work.

His first book is a collection of his work from the last seven years, showing an intuitive and dynamic artist who doesn’t stand still. His constant explorations of materials, mark making and techniques day by day lead to yet more ideas and to beautiful and unexpected results.

Bookbits for July 19th, 2008

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

No bookbits for the next three/four weeks as I’ll be awaaaaaaay (unless Hayley of course finds some urgent piece of news somewhere)(and the time to post it).  These are a little brief at times, but then, it’s late.  :-)

  • Age-branding on children’s books is a hot topic at the moment.  A majority of children’s authors is against it.  I think it would be handy for those customers coming in to buy a gift, but perhaps children/youngsters might find it deterring rather than helpful.  A twelve year-old might ignore a book that has 9+ stamped on its side whereas now they might just go for it on the basis of the story.  What do you think?

Happy holiday everyone!

Bookbits for March 1st, 2008

Saturday, March 1st, 2008
  • Video! In 2001 the Swiss Ambassador to the U.K. had the luminous idea to invite Banksy to redo the Embassy’s underground garage. See a clip here (the buffering on my computer was a bit horrendous but still worth the view).