Photo Kings was a crew in New York city the documented the last years of graffiti on the New York city subway system.
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.’
In the middle of this month, SEEN came to Hong Kong for the opening of his “Post No Bills” exhibition at Opera Gallery Hong Kong from September 17 to October 15, showcasing the latest series of Superheros he painted. Jin Wong got to sit down and talk to SEEN for what he has been through in his graffiti career as well as the current exhibition in Hong Kong. While he believes the real graffiti works are on the streets, he likes to explore something new outside the world of graffiti. Read the full interview at jinwong.com.