Roger Gastman, Creative Director & Founder
Roger Gastman started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland, and parlayed his love for it into a legitimate career, becoming a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture.
He founded and published two respected pop-culture magazines—While You Were Sleeping and Swindle (co-publisher)—as well as more than 30 highly sought-after art books. He is the founder and creative director of R. Rock Enterprises, and has nurtured the careers of internationally recognized artists.
Gastman was the supervising producer and creative consultant for the feature-length graffiti documentary Infamy, and served as consulting producer for BANKSY's Exit Through the Gift Shop, which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary.
Most recently, HarperCollins released Gastman's The History of American Graffiti—the definitive story behind the most influential art form in the last 100 years—and Jeffrey Deitch asked him to co-curate Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which is the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.