“Arabic Graffiti” Book

200 pages full color |Hardcover 28.5 x 21cm | 325 photographs & illustrations | English edition
Price: 34.95 $ | ISBN: 978-3-937946-26-9

From Here To Fame Publishing proudly presents:
Arabic Graffiti
Whether on the freight trucks of Lebanon, along village alleyways in Bahrain, on the bullet-riddled walls of Palestine, or adorning the walls of Western metropolises and designer bags, Arabic script has experienced a revival. Graffiti writers are increasingly experimenting with calligraphy on walls, and young designers are creating new fonts and type designs in books, galleries and public spaces. At times, Arabic graffiti voices the suffering of a nation, while in other contexts it serves as a quest for identity. Regardless whether the writing is in Beirut, Gaza, Tehran, Paris, London, Berlin or Montréal, Arabic graffiti cries out personal and national ideas in expressive calligraphic and typographic words.

“Arabic Graffiti” brings together artists, graffiti writers and typographers from the Middle East and around the world who merge Arabic calligraphy with the art of graffiti writing, street art and urban culture. In addition to a rich assortment of photos featuring Arabic graffiti and street art styles, it includes essays by distinguished authors and scene experts, in which they explore the traditional elements, modern approaches, and the socio-political and cultural backgrounds which have shaped Arabic graffiti movements in the Middle East.

Authors & Artists:

“Arabic Graffiti” curated and authored by Lebanese typographer Pascal Zoghbi and German graffiti writer and publisher Stone aka Don Karl, is an extensive and valuable reference on contemporary graffiti, urban calligraphy and type design in the realm of Arabic letters.

With contributions and essays by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Rana Jarbou, Tala F. Saleh, Houda Kassatly, Siska and William Parry.
Includes the artwork and thoughts of: Hassan Massoudy, Malik Anas Al-Rajab, eL Seed, Hest1, Julien Breton, L’ATLAS, Aerosol Arabic, Native & ZenTwO, Zepha aka Vincent Abadie Hafez, Typism, Akut and many more.

Pascal Zoghbi, Arabic type designer and typographer, is the founder of 29 Arabic Letters, an Arabic type design and typography firm in Beirut. He earned his master’s degree in type design at KABK (The Royal Academy of Arts) in the Netherlands. His work ranges from creating contemporary Arabic fonts and corporate identities to print publications and other ventures. Pascal teaches typography courses in graphic design departments at AUB (American University of Beirut) and LAU (Lebanese American University). He frequently gives lectures and workshops and runs a highly regarded blog about Arabic type and typography.


Stone aka Don Karl is a graffiti writer, author and publisher in Berlin. He started to write graffiti in 1983 and published his first book on train writing in 1986. Many books and articles have followed since. He has participated in and curated various international urban art exhibitions and projects, such as Cubabrasil. Stone runs the publishing house From Here To Fame and the Common Ground Gallery in Berlin.



Images for the book events:

12th of May – Arabic Graffiti Book Release in Beirut
from 7 pm. Art Lounge, Beirut
Karantina, , River bridge, http://www.artlounge.net

19.-21. May 2011 – Berlin
Typo Berlin, International Design Conference
Arabic Graffiti Exhibition / lecture by Pascal Zoghbi


21th May – Berlin – Common Ground Gallery & HKW
Arabic Graffiti Exhibition, http://www.commongroundgallery.de


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  1. Pascal, your book is both historically and socio-politically relevant, and of a breathtaking beauty. I am so glad I bought it at TYPO Berlin and had it signed by you two. Congratulations on a job well done!

  2. Hi Pascal

    Im a Graphic Designer in Cape Town. Your book is really interesting(^^,). I’m really very glad that i managed to get a copy of it!!!!

    I’m completing my 4th year and the topic of my Academic Report dicusses Islamic Calligraphy at the Cape. Soo your book has been a really big help and extremely informative and i managed to learned a lot of new things(^^,).


  3. Hello! this book is amazing! I just got a copy and i’m enjoying every page…specially pg. 80 since i’m the “unknown artist” of the Hamra graffiti :D

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