New Book: Snowstorm – The Art & Life of Carmelo “Snow” Sigona
12oz recently had the pleasure to sit down with Famed NJ writer Snow QM8 FX, to talk about the release of his new book Snowstorm: The Art and Life of Carmelo “Snow” Sigona Vol 1. The story begins with Snow’s humble beginnings in Paterson NJ, where Snow made his first El Marko tag in 1978, and goes up to the year 2000. The book is 144 pages, and has a ton images reminiscent of those classic graff mags you would thumb through to make sure it had plenty of pictures. It also has scans of old flyers, sick blackbook work, old newspaper articles, and classic material, that gives the book a real sense of depth.
There are chapters in the book dedicated to Snow’s storied time in the QM8 and FX crews, and there are pictures of Snow rocking all over the East Coast, Europe and beyond. But as the title alludes to, there is more to the book than just graff. In the 90s, Snow’s creative talents led him to Mcfarlane Toys. Here Snow was privy to a wealth of knowledge, and wasted no time learning invaluable lessons on methods and materials. During this time period, Snow began to envision creating a graphic novel called Tales From The Mist, a project Snow compares to building a pyramid, stone by stone. The concept is an expansive, multi-platformed entertainment universe, that combines Snow’s love of art, comics, and hip hop culture. For a sneak-peek, check it out at talesfromthemist.com.
Snowstorm is available on Amazon.com, or at Snow’s own website, artofsnowone.com. Snow’s paintings can be seen at the Shua Space on Sept 19th, in Jersey City. And Snow also will have work on display as part of the AIDS crew group show in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 12th.
Words by Chester Copperpot, photos courtesy of Snow & Chester Copperpot