Monday, November 16, 2009
Bill Daniel's Mostly True
Writing about The Sea Hag's tattoo flash honoring boxcar artists (posted below), reminded me that I'd been meaning to praise this book. Mostly True, billed as "The West's Most Popular Hobo Graffiti Magazine", is a really interesting collection of hobo art related material compiled by filmmaker Bill Daniel. It's a good companion to his Bozo Texino documentary but it also stands up well on its own. There are interviews with and articles about artists like Herby, Colossus of Roads, and Bozo Texino. There are also reprints from hobo related articles from over the years, photo artworks by the late Margaret Kilgallen, pictures of tramp art, and to top it all off there's a cover drawing by TWIST/Barry McGee.
Mostly True is available locally in Chicago at Quimby's here and is also available through the publisher Microcosm here.