Writers Corner 188 – Beyond The Streets

Writers Corner 188


A

A-ONE

AIKO

Al Diaz

Alexis Ross

Alicia McCarthy

André Saraiva

Andrew Schoultz

Anthony Lister

Anti-Graffiti

 

B

BANKSY

Barry McGee

BAST

Beastie Boys

Ben Jones

Bert Krak

Bill Barminski

Bill Daniel

BLADE

Broken Fingaz

Buddy Esquire

buZ blurr

 

C

Carl Weston

CES

Cey Adams

Charlie Ahearn

Chaz  Bojórquez

Claudia Gold

Cleon Peterson

COCO 144

Conor Harrington

Corita Kent

CORNBREAD

C.R. Stecyk III

Craig Costello

CRASH

 

D

DABSMYLA

Dan Witz

Dash Snow

DAZE

DEFER

DELTA

Dennis Hopper

Doze Green

 

E

Eddie Martinez

EINE

EL BARTO

Emory Douglas

Estevan Oriol

 

F

Fab 5 Freddy

FAILE

Faith XLVII

Felipe Pantone

Fly Tip Theater Puppets

Chris FREEDOM Pape

FUTURA 2000

 

G

Gajin Fujita

Glen E. Friedman

Globe Poster

Gordon Matta-Clark

Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins

Guerrilla Girls

 

H

HACER

Eric Haze

HENRY 161

Henry Chalfant

Herbert Migdoll

HO Scale Trains

HuskMitNavn

 

I

INVADER

 

J

Jane Dickson

Jason REVOK

Jean-Michel Basquiat

JEC*

Jenny Holzer

Jim Prigoff

Joe Conzo

John Ahearn

John Fekner

John Tsombikos

Jon Naar

José Parlá

Julie Reich, Ph.D

 

K

KATSU

KC Ortiz

Keith Haring

Kenny Scharf

KILROY WAS HERE

Kristofferson San Pablo

Kunle Martins/ EARSNOT

 

L

LADY PINK

LA-ZAR

Lee Quiñones

Lisa Kahane

 

M

MADSAKI

Maripol

Mark Gonzales

Mark Mothersbaugh

Martha Cooper

Matt Weber

Maya Hayuk

Michael Lawrence

Mike 171

Miss 17

Mister CARTOON

 

N

Nina Chanel Abney

NOC 167

 

P

Pat Riot

Patrick Martinez

Paul Insect

Political Graffiti

POSE

PRAY

 

R

RAMMELLZEE

Randall Harrington

RETNA

Richard Colman

Richard Hambleton

RIME

RISK

ROCKY 184

Ron English

Ron Finley

Ruby Neri

 

S

SABER

Sam Friedman

SANESMITH

Sayre Gomez

SEEN

Shepard Fairey

SHOE

SJK 171

SLICK

SNAKE 1

snipe1

Spray Paint Can Collection

STAY HIGH 149

Stephen Powers

STITCH 1

SWOON

 

T

Takashi Murakami

TAKI 183

TATS CRU

TENGAone

Tim Conlon

Timothy Curtis

Todd James

Trash Records

 

U

UGA

 

V

Venice Pavilion

VHILS

Victor Reyes

 

W

WICKED GARY

Writers Corner 188

 

Z

ZESER

 

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The first hangouts for graffiti writers were the high school playgrounds, where kids played hoops, smoked weed and tagged the walls. Sometimes one group of kids migrated to the next playground, where they would mingle with their peers. That group might then ride the trains of the city writing their names.

Some of the writers were gang members who were unable to leave their neighborhoods and thus were missing out on the playground subculture. This problem was remedied when a romance blossomed between STITCH 1 and ROCKY 184, who first met in 1969 on the corner of 188th Street and Audubon Avenue. Thirteen-year-old ROCKY 184 lived nearby, but 16-year-old STITCH 1 lived in the Bronx. He would trek from his home early each morning to walk ROCKY 184 to school. A year of friendship developed into something more, and 188th and Audubon became their meeting place — just out of view from ROCKY 184’s father.

The two wrote each other’s names on the walls there. Their friends followed suit, and by 1970, STITCH 1 had dubbed the location WRITERS CORNER 188; it became a social touchstone for all, including gang members who turned their gang colors inside out to avoid confrontation, and is considered the first graffiti crew in New York City.

In Brooklyn there was also a problem with gangs. Members of the VANGUARDS fought and wrote at the same time. In 1971, Brooklyn writer DINO NOD set out to organize the first pure writing-only crew as a way to avoid getting involved with his neighborhood’s gangs. He formed the EX-VANDALS, short for “EXPERIENCED VANDALS.” They championed writing the group’s name over their individual ones, which created a buzz on the streets.

The EX-VANDALS announced themselves by wearing denim jackets emblazoned with the crew’s name. Fame was instantaneous. Early member WICKED GARY took the helm of the crew and leads it to this day.

Photos by Andrea Nelli, ROCKY 184 and Steve Kesoglides. Circa 1972.

BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.