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Uncapped: Graffiti and New York Hardcore – Angel Duster aka KOOL AD

Posted May 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

The following piece was written by guest contributor and author of Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore, Freddy Alva. Angel Duster – NYC Graffiti Legend In the winter of 1982 I was hanging out at a youth center on the border of Corona and Elmhurst, Queens that served as the meeting place for all […]

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Uncapped: The Graffiti Virtual Memorial

Posted April 28, 2020 at 5:07 am

Before the clock struck midnight on December 31, so many of us were still reeling from the deaths of Stan 153, Phase 2, and Zexor. We wished 2019 good riddance, thinking that 2020 would be a new start, a new decade and a banner year. Boy, were we wrong. Faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic and […]

Graffiti Icon Nic 707 Dies from COVID-19

Posted April 14, 2020 at 5:02 am

An icon of the 1970s graffiti scene recently fell victim to COVID-19. Fernando Pablo Miteff, known as Nic 707, passed away Sunday after a battle with the novel coronavirus. He was 60. Born in Argentina, and raised in the Bronx, Miteff achieved underground fame as part the radical art explosion in the mid-seventies. (His father […]

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Graffiti World Mourns the Loss of Legendary Writer Phase 2 and ZEXOR WTO

Last modified December 16, 2019 at 7:58 am

Last Thursday (December 10) was a dark day, as the graffiti community lost two of its own. Early in the day we were rocked by the news of Mathew Rodriguez (aka ZEXOR WTO), son of ASP, passing away. He had just returned from Art Basel when he died from complications due to sleep apnea. The […]

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Watch this Brazen Tagger Desecrate Louis Vuitton Logo on Ludlow Street

Posted July 19, 2019 at 5:05 am

It’s clear that the locals aren’t too thrilled with the invasive Louis Vuitton pop-up at Ludlow and Rivington Streets. And one brazen tagger proved it. Midday Wednesday, a youngster jumped onto the building’s garbage bin and quickly spray-painted over the company logo. The graffiti lasted for a couple hours before it was buffed away. As […]

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The Corner of Bro and Sex on the Lower East Side

Posted April 10, 2019 at 5:03 am

In today’s edition of streetside wordplay, we head over to the intersection of Broome and Essex Streets. Right at the doorstep of Essex Crossing. Thanks to a little bit of green spray paint, this is apparently the corner of “Bro” and “Sex.” A vandal blocked out the remaining letters on the traffic signs. It’s the […]

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Convincing Kids to Stop Graffiti Writing in 1982 [VIDEO]

Posted March 19, 2019 at 5:05 am

“Graffiti doesn’t make your life better, it just makes your neighborhood look worse.” Those words come courtesy of then-Knicks player Mike Newlin as part of a 1982 public service announcement against graffiti. A gaggle of local celebrities like Joe Frazier and Celia Cruz were spokespeople for the anti-graffiti campaign – launched by the Koch administration […]

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Lakwena Brings her Kaleidoscopic Vision to the Bowery Mural Wall

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:08 am

The season is changing, which means another participant for the revolving door that is the Bowery Mural Wall. Earlier this week, contractors sanded then resurfaced the two-story canvas in preparation for the next artist on the docket. We are told that the latest is Lakwena, a London-based artist who specializes in colorful, “kaleidoscopic” patterns. She […]

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OG Graffiti Writer RD 357, a City Employee, is Busted

Last modified August 12, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Graffiti writer RD 357, identified as an employee of New York City, was busted by authorities last week after tagging his name more than 80 times on the Upper East Side over the last couple years. The 49-year-old writer works for the Department of Health, but apparently moonlights as RD 357. Upon his arrest last […]

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Uncapped: Back to the Train Yards with the Legendary DUSTER UA

Posted July 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

My fellow readers! It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you without a dope rhyme to step to. We are BACK. It’s summer, the walls are primed, the paint’s been purchased, and we are doing big things with our Uncapped re-up. Head to Lovecraft on Avenue B tomorrow; we’re having a show!  One of the […]

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