NO, BASQUIAT WAS NOT THE FIRST
Here is todays song (and my new personal theme song) because my ex is still an evil asshole:
LEARN THIS NOW and you’ll be so much more interesting:
Okay so before SAMO was around, before I was even thought of, and I think even before like Watergate, there were taggers emerging in NYC.. The Graffiti scene moved from Philly to NYC in the early 70s and the big “bombers” were called TAKI 183 (see right) and TRACY 168. TAKI was one of the most influential writers in its history. His “tag” was short for Demetraki, a Greek alternative for his birth-name Demetrius, and the number 183 came from his address on 183rd Street. They basically just wrote their names everywhere: even got in the New York Times.
This is PHASE 2:
In late 1972 that Phase 2 first used an early version of the “bubble letter” or “softie”, a style of graffiti writing which would become extremely influential and is considered a “giant leap” in the art form. The marshmallow-like letters drawn by Phase 2 were soon copied by other artists who added their own variations. Phase himself quickly embellished on his original form, creating and naming dozens of varieties of softies such as “phasemagorical phantastic” (bubble letters with stars), “bubble cloud”, and “bubble drip.” He is also credited with pioneering the use of arrows in graf writing around this same time.
Futura 2000: He started with the others in the 70’s on the subway cars but in the 80’s he kinda went more mainstream w/ Keith Harring etc. and eventually did some back drops for the Clash. He got pretty close w/ the band and created the sleeve for “this is radio clash” RAD. and is now a successful Gallery artist
Blade: Some call him the master bc his style kept changing. He started in the 70’s and was part of the Crazy 5- a group of artists that were super popular. I don’t know a lot abt him but I think his work is pretty. awwwww.
Then Gov Lindsay decided (white) ppl were getting freaked out by the subculture graffiti was coming from and officially declared a “war on graffiti.” There always has to be a a fucking war on something in America. PLUS The crack epidemic was starting to take effect (or more like happened overnight) and the streets were filled w/ crazy ass crack heads and became more dangerous. The penalties were also pretty harsh for getting caught painting.. especially w crackheads around. OMG ghetto NYC crack heads in the 80s must have been fucking scary as shit. I mean, they still are but like I don’t come into contact w them much.