Addicted to Steel
By: Glynn Judd (author)Paperback
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For me, painting trains came naturally. As a boy growing up I spent my weekends out with my mates getting into places that we shouldn't have been. Disused buildings, abandoned warehouses and train tracks became our playground. The one thing that really fascinated me more than any other place was the train yard that backed on to my housing estate. Night after night I would hear the drivers shunt the trains around until they came back in to service the next morning. I would often stare out of my bedroom window and listen to the trains tick and groan. It was like the steel giants were alive. Some nights I used to sneak in the yard and climb up into the carriages. There was something very tranquil about being in an empty carriage listening to the train groan. I would sit there thinking about the passengers who had been on the train earlier and try to imagine places they had been going to. I could imagine how the packed carriages with workers looked. I could smell the dirty cloth seats and the pungent axle grease seeping up through the floor.
It was fuelling my imagination every day and although I didn't know it at the time, teaching me important lessons which in time I would use very often. As a youngster I got chased out of the yard a few times by the track workers so my secret visits would never last long. This gave me an early experience of what would follow on in the future - . This story is the first of its kind to be written in depth about a subculture that spans across the globe and involves criminal damage on an unprecedented scale. It chronicles the testing times I endured and the places I travelled to. For over a decade I was London's most wanted graffiti vandal and I also evaded capture in many other cities too. Transport for London had new security measures in place with double fences, razor wire, electric sensors, CCTV and regular patrols by security guards. Writers were saying the yards were too hard, things couldn't be done and the risks were too great with heavier penalties and prison sentences being handed out. To me it wasn't important. All I wanted to do was paint trains and I didn't think or care about the consequences.
I wanted to paint my name as much as possible on as many trains in as many countries as I could. The graffiti phenomenon had exploded across the globe and I wanted to be a part of it. Every city in Europe had vandals painting trains at night and I wanted to do my part for London. It was all out warfare on the rail network and I just couldn't help myself. What followed was to be London's worst nightmare. I came in peace and left it in pieces. I was like a junkie, I was addicted to steel.
Glynn Judd is an experienced graffiti expert with over twenty five years' hands-on practice of the subculture of graffiti vandalism on trains. His involvement with graffiti spans from the mid 1980's where he grew up in a small suburb of Essex and relocated to London in 1996. Glynn has written a number of articles about graffiti culture for the British press including, most recently, for The Guardian newspaper. He has appeared in The Metro, The Evening Standard and The Daily Mirror. He has been interviewed by several on line publications such as Not Guilty magazine, Aerosol Planet and Wordplay magazine and appeared in several documentaries produced by Short form films. He has participated in youth workshops run by Croydon council and Muswell Hill Baptist church discussing his experiences in graffiti. He still actively writes graffiti but strictly in a legal environment in gallery shows and workshops in England and Europe. He enjoys freelancing for the British media and is currently writing a follow up to his debut novel, Addicted to Steel.
Foreword Introduction Going All City Whole Cars On The Central Line The Leak At Cubanna Bar Battle Of Waterloo Finding Farringdon Bollards & Bikes Trouble At Cockfosters Christmas Night Whole Train In The Ghost Yard Sunday Roast In Upminster Stratford Market Christmas Whole Train With NEMA Epping Limbo Dance Loughton Hi Vis Mill Hill East WC High Barnet Insides On The Central Line Bush Bombing On The District Line West Ruislip With The Russians Woodford's Vigilante Newbury Park Granny Slam Down Plaistow Back Jump New Cross Back Jump & The Paint Problem Dyer Avenue Back Jump Lenox Ave #3 Yard, Harlem Search For The #1 Line Tunnel Lay-up Dump Koch All Saints Bottle Bank Docklands Light Railway At Beckton London's Most Wanted Chingford Tea Party Cambridge Clash Christmas At Caterham #2's In First Class Dropping Bombs In Clacton Bishops Stortford Lay-up Ilford Railroad Funk Stratford Daytime Yard Gillingham Horses Merry-Go-Round At Colchester Tonbridge Target Practice Europe Calling The Mussels From Brussels Hamburg, Germany Copenhagen Chaos Day One Day Two Day Three The ACD Boys From Genoa Utrecht Connections Amsterdam & Rotterdam With The GT10 Crew Alicante Epilogue
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