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Dicing with death – 70s and 80s New York

Min__NewYork_Graffiti_01Dicing with death: the original New York graffiti artists – in pictures

New York in the late 70s and early 80s was a place of blackouts and train strikes, riots and looting … but those dark days before the birth of CCTV gave rise to some of the world’s most pervasive subcultures. Here, notorious subway painters of the era tell their tales as Sacha Jenkins, the photographer who logged their art, opens up his archive.

Bil Rock, Min and Kel in the City Hall layup, 1983. Bil Rock says: ‘Our peak years (79-82) were the golden age of graffiti. You could get away with so much. We had our own world. The only time Jean-Michel Basquiat ever went to a train yard was with me. We bombed the entire train. Those were the good old days … before crack took hold.’

5 stories with Skeme


This piece with DAZE might be my favorite….to me this was one of the best mechanical styles I ever did…its rigid yet it has movement..i really liked this piece and felt our joints complimented each other at all times but this one had a nasty feel to it…the style in my piece, the letters and 3D became staples of future letter forms…you can still see the influence of this piece today. I wish me and DAZE had done a few more together, but we made good use of the time we spent together..ps : DAZE has a nice hand-style as well!
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