Hip Hop was never just a type of music. From the beginning the art form encompassed dance, music, fashion and language. It’s unique attitudes are also expressed visually in many ways. The first thing that comes to most peoples mind is graffiti but it has left its mark on every medium.
Here is a small sample of flyer art from the early days. Some have roots in the graphic tradition of concert posters going back to the early 20th century while others are gleefully homemade and just as punk as Pettibon’s SST flyers from the same era. They are all unmistakably Hip Hop!