226 W 150th st.
45 W 139th St
40 Pinehurst Ave.
Photo By: Mathew Henry
By Bohemia Agent Erick Otchere
"What'd you do last night?" / "We did umm, two whole cars / It was me, Dez, and Main Three right? / And on the first car in small letters it said / 'All you see is..' and then you know / Big, big, you know some block silver letters / That said '..crime in the city' right?" / "It just took up the whole car?" / "Yeah yeah, it was a whole car…"
That conversation is from Style Wars. In my opinion, it was one of the most important documentaries in the history of Hip Hop. Vandalism is illegal. However, on my way to look at apartments I see a lot of it.
Some of the graffiti writers I see mostly are, XCuse, Life, and UR just to name a few.
Graffiti is raw. It's crude and undefined. It's grit and rough. It's a depiction of reality to one person, and when combined with another's it's a story of a group of people. It's uncensored and explicit.
Every tag, burn, and buff is a timeline.
Different styles, different colors, different blocks, no one the exact same. Some are hard to miss. A lot of them are easy to overlook.
Graffiti in New York City is stress relief. It's where the careless speak to the public. The defiance of the urban life, and how the unpopular becomes popular.
It's all about style. Everyone has a style. Style separates everyone's art. No one's style is ever the same as another's.