Identity Lost and Found” Celebrates Mark-Making and Monikers

ByMary E. Alvarez

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In June 2018, Ohio’s Massillon Museum hosted “Moniker: Id Missing & Identified,” an exhibition that includes a distinctly amazing documentation of mark-producing and monikers, a grassroots motion which started in rail yards in the late nineteenth century. An exhibition catalog posted at the time offered out practically right away. This month heralds the release of a next version in softcover format of Moniker: Id Dropped & Uncovered in conjunction and cooperation with the Black Butte Centre For Railroad Lifestyle and its latest show, Finish Of The Line.

Released by Burn Barrel Press, the just-launched Moniker: Id Dropped and Discovered functions 148 entire-coloration web pages of unusual archival files, images, and artwork, together with a glossary of relevant terms. A intriguing foray into a distinctly American subculture of ephemeral artworks, it also provides a glimpse into many of these artists’ minds in their possess voices. What follows is a sampling of pictures from the webpages of this considerable guide as it brilliantly introduces us to an art sort that is generally disregarded by so many, which include us graffiti and street art aficionados.

Who is This J.B. King? – from The Saturday Night Post write-up by Jean Muir, Might 1945 — referencing the prodigious “writer”  J. B. King, who was determined by his loopy scrawl

20,000th mark, 2002,  From the assortment of  Smokin’ Joe

Writing implements, courtesy of Scot Phillips

Hoboe’s (sic) Directory, Nevada 1910 Unique Collections, University of Nevada, Reno Library, College Archives, (UNRS-P2017-07)

I Want to Be a Boss. Photograph by Sally and Jerry Romotsky, 1969. 35mm color transparency. Rail worker graffiti below the Fourth Street Bridge in Los Angeles. Courtesy Sally and Jerry Romotsky

Matokie Slaughter – Image by Kurt Tors

You can buy the paperback version of  the vastly instructive and entertaining Moniker: Identity Missing & Discovered below.


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