Unlock Book Fair Berlin 2017 has a focus on North American railroad cultures: moniker graffiti, hobo culture, train hopping and freight train graffiti. Recently unearthed, groundbreaking photographic and film documentation of late 1800s hobo graffiti will be unveiled. We have also edited a fascinating reader book on very early hobo graffiti as a companion to the fair.


A central feature of this year’s fair is the Unlock Showcase, a bookstore offering limited and rare publications. We have dug into the North American independent publishing circuit in order to bring to the fair a selection of publications on North American railroad cultures.

The showcase is produced with the help of Bombing Science.