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Divided into a chapter for each medium, over 100 local artists will be featured on 500 pages and over 1,000 images in the book, which will be independently published by Muzacz and his motley team of art school interns. Muzacz said he believes the book is the first of its kind to showcase local talent.

“There are no books like this in Austin, there is no book of murals, there is no book of graffiti, there is no street art , nothing, “Muzacz said. “So this book, hopefully, will teach some people the vernacular, how to identify those certain things and get people to appreciate graffiti, even though it’s illegal. “

Muzacz began his artistic career doing graffiti in college, which he pursued during his time at the University of Texas at Austin before branching out into his current medium, mosaic. He remained in Austin, with a few stays overseas, and now works at Something Cool Studios in East Austin.


J Muzacz has been an artist in Austin for nearly 20 years, even teaching urban painting classes for the city of Austin for nine years. (Laura Figi / Australia)

The book was designed in partnership with graduate interns from Justin Ebel, graphic designer and photographer, and Zoe Axelrod, designer and founder of Ringtone Mag. The duo also helped organize a comprehensive art map that features a tour of “off the beaten track” urban artwork, many of which are in the book.

Dating back to the 1950s, the project tells the story of the difficulties creatives face with the legality of their art, gives artists a space to tell their stories and tells the stories of artists like the muralist “Hi how are you Daniel Johnston who flourished before social media was there to uplift them.

“It’s the purest art form, I get the feeling, because it’s not about financial gain. There is no business reason to do this, ”Muzacz said. “He is an artist who develops, changes a profession and respects a culture, despite the legal repercussions, despite the fact that he has to pay or steal his own painting.”

“ATX Urban Art” also includes a host of artists who still paint the streets today, including prominent local faces like Sloke One, Bill Tavis, Angry Cloud + Descnd, Levi Ponce and Hope Hummingbird from various mediums. Muzacz said he hopes people will use the book as an encyclopedia of local names.

“I want people to have this book as a Rolodex for your art commission, or if you have a business and want a mural,” Muzacz said. “Here are the pioneers, here are the professionals, here are the most unique practitioners, the prolific practitioners, these are the people who need to shine and who will continue to shine, these are the names you need to know.”

The book will continue to be crowdfunded until mid-January, and until then you can pick up the big book for $ 60 or the art card for $ 10. The book will go into print whether or not the group achieves its goal, but Muzacz said he wouldn’t mind investing in their work.

Plus, the money goes to support its paid interns and keep the community colorful.

“Drive or take a walk today and imagine all those murals, street art, and graffiti weren’t there and think about what this space would look like,” Muzacz said. “I would say that at the moment no one would want to live there. (During COVID) a lot of people said music was turned down and visual art was shot. The visual music in the murals is part of Austin’s experience.

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