Thomas Northoff, lives as a writer and graffiti researcher in Vienna. PhD in European Ethnology. Since 1983 establishment of the Austrian graffiti archive for literature, art and research. Focus on urban research, youth cultures, racism and anti-racism, marginalized groups, historical comparisons. Teaching at the UNI Vienna, lectures in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. With his symposia during the early 1990s and other events, he put graffiti research on a broader scientific basis. In addition to literary publications, numerous scientific publications on graffiti research in various print media. Word Graffiti Publications: StadtLeseBruch. Edition AHA:Vienna 1993 Graffiti. The language on the walls. Löcker: Vienna 2005 Email: thomas.northoff@aon.at; www.urbanity.at