David “Chino” Villorente aka Chino BYI is the old-school graffiti artist and subsequent historian of classic New York graffiti culture around the world. Dave Chino is famous for his letters designs, also known for being one of the first artists to spray-paint on trains in NY.
Chino released his third book “World PieceBook: Global Graffiti Drawings” in a series documenting graffiti pieces, this installment highlights pieces from 34 different countries around the globe. The significance of the “piece book” in graff culture goes back to when aspiring graffiti artists would pass around a notebook to their favorite artists and try to collect “pieces,” signatures painted for them in their pages. Being how secretive graffiti culture is, often the only proof that one has met some of the more elusive artists is by collecting their signature in their piece book. David’s three releases have served as “fantasy piece books” of sorts, collecting these signatures from graffiti’s most respected names.
David “Chino” Villorente lives and works in New York, US.