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35 years of graffiti collected

The first Dutch writer bombing the New York City subway


Finally after more than 30 years an answer to the question “What is a young man from The Hague doing bombing the one line in the 145th Street Tunnel with Bodé nudes?” asked in the book ‘Spraycan Art’ has arisen!


The production of “Punk Graffiti Archives: The Netherlands” involved months of research into several private archives, including the two largest existing archives of punk graffiti related document...

In collaboration with the HipHopHuis and guest curator Lee Stuart, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an exhibition about hip-hop and its influence on fashion and lifestyle....

AGAIN, in collaboration with FRESHCOTTON and CARHARTT WIP, present AMSTERDAM ON TOUR. A book that takes you inside the wild Amsterdam graffiti scene of the late 70s and early 80s...

This story is a special visual epilogue that Dutch Graffiti Library wants to share due to all the positive and remarkable reactions we have received after publishing the book: “Disz. The first Dutch...

The Unlock Book Fair 2018 is a meeting of the international graffiti and street art publishing scene in two days of amazing publications, talks, launches and screenings. Entrance is free....

Dutch Graffiti Library

The decision to name our collection and activities Dutch Graffiti Library goes back to 2014. We aspire for the future to put this collection at the service of education, museums and research, and to make it comprehensible to the public. It must serve as a modern library, both online and physical. The collection consists of an overview of more than 35 years of graffiti, recorded and documented in thousands of original mainly personally taken photographs, blackbooks with original sketches of many writers from everywhere, books, magazines, prints, silkscreens and posters.
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Dutch Graffiti Library is ‘Friend of Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam’. As ‘friend’ one has heart for the Special Collections of Amsterdam University. A friend can be researcher, collectioner, culturally interested in general, involved professional or supporter of a specific field of collecting.

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Publication: Graffiti. New York meets the Dam – Amsterdam 2015. A 56 pages full colour publication made by the Dutch Graffiti Library in collaboration with Mick La Rock, published in private management in relation to the exhibition ‘Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ in the Amsterdam Museum.
Graffiti. New York
meets the Dam

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IJM ’85 The story of Dutch Graffiti Library. In this publication we take you to the cradle and the origin of the Dutch Graffiti Library. Why? We believe that our mentality, pleasure and passion leads back to where we come from … IJmuiden mid ‘80s. This is the 1st edition in the series ‘Graffiti Heritage’. We pursues maintaining the graffiti culture and shedding light on the various aspects of this culture by a series of publication. Focus is on the less traditional subjects, towns and ‘writers’.

IJM '85 - The story of
Dutch Graffiti Library

1st edition in the series ‘Graffiti Heritage’

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Rockarchive Amsterdam was founded in 2004 as a photogallery with a growing collection of classic images of rock and jazz, taken by the world’s leading music photographers. The Rockarchive Collection contains the work of more than 50 renowned photographers from around the globe who contributed their finest images to the collection. Rockarchive Amsterdam retails also a selection of beautiful images of Amsterdam Graffiti in collaboration with Dutch Graffiti Library.


Collaboration with Dutch Graffiti Library

Now in our gallery:


The custom made Atomic Baby Clones, alter-ego TOY’s of the original Gods Vicious Baby: ANGEL TBH CTK GVB

Limited edition only


The thickest book about graffiti ever made.

What did this mean when Reaze wrote on trains in 1988? It referenced NYC 70s & 80s Subway Art vis-a-vis Cooper & Chalfant but the varying names that have been painted on Stockholm Berlin Paris trains in the 1990s have inched the meaning ever so slightly somewhere else…

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We are always looking for material and expansion of the collection. If you have graffiti articles, magazines, sketches or books please contact us, together we can discuss the possibilities to exchange items or to take over. Do you have a question or would you like to cooperate please send a message