Uncapped: Nobody Beats IZ THE WIZ

Posted on: August 5th, 2022 at 5:08 am by

IZ-1982 207th st yard

How many pieces do you think IZ painted during the train era?

(SAR) Millions

Some IZ aliases: IKE, IZZY, CI ( Crazy Iz) & simply MIKE sometimes, any others you remember? 

(SAR) I listed them up top: SCAT, BENZ, CLICK 2, CI, MIKE, IKE, IZ, IZ THE WIZ.

Question by SIAR: IZ had a brief war with SACH in the early 80’s, is it true it was over some stolen paint?

(SAR) Nope, QUIK instigated that during the filming of Style Wars.

As the train era ended how did IZ come to be involved with the Phun Phactory (later 5 Pointz)?

(SAR) Pat Dillilo sought him out, he was an anti-graffiti advocate, who later embraced graffiti and got grants to start the Phun Phactory, where if you promised you wouldn’t do illegal graffiti, you were allowed to paint there, even though that was not the case. Pat ended being a fan and he had an amazing photo collection, he passed away about 10 years ago.

When did he move out of NYC?

(SAR) IZ worked with me as a bag handler at the airport until he got sick and needed a kidney transplant, once he was too sick to work, his wife Kate left him when he got sick so he moved to Florida with his step-brother Pete. In Florida he met Brenda, he was with her for quite a few years, she was an ex-addict and lost her leg because of the drug use. She dragged him to Ohio. He came home to find her with someone else, so he left and moved back to Florida, that’s where he passed away. He came up for a Tuff City show but was very sick and probably should not have did all that, after the show he flew back to Florida and passed away the next day in his sleep. He was on a list many years for a kidney transplant. His high blood pressure hurt his kidneys, among other theories he believed.

IZ 1983

Is it fair to say IZ is, by sheer numbers alone, the all-time biggest bomber in NYC Graf history? 

(SAR) Without question or reservation.

How would you like IZ to be remembered?

(SAR) There were kings of insides, kings of a line, kings of bombing, kings of throw-ups, kings of style, kings of freights, kings for a time…. But only one king of kings. All-city from the beginning to the clean train movement; he did it all and dominated for decades. Galleries, movies, books; he’s memorialized.

In his own words: “You Can Erase The Name But Not The Fame!!!”

-Interview by Freddy Alva 2022


Photo Credits:

  • IZ piece by MIDG
  • IZ Aqueduct 1983 Photo by Tod Lange
  • IZ Canarsie Yard, Photo Tod Lange Collection
  • IZ on the RR 1983 Photo from MIDG collection
  • IZ & SAR. Photo from SAR collection
  • IZ black book. Photo from SAR collection
  • MIDG & IZ Photo from MIDG collection
  • IZ 207th Yard 1982, Photo by Tod Lange
  • IZ in Woodside, Photo by VEC 4
  • IZ article Main Page

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