As an ex-graffiti writer of 12+ years there is no denying the influence of 80's NYC subway graffiti had on me. I still remember the first time watching Style Wars and how much of an impact it had on me and my work. Dondi's work stood out to me amongst them all. The way he spoke about his work, the colors and the style in which he wrote his letters were very inspiring. I no longer practice writing graffiti and have taken on yarn as my new medium of choice. I wanted to create a piece about one of my biggest influences non-destructively. The result was a performance piece with Dondi's "Children of the Grave" series split up into small rectangles. Each rectangle was built up using individual strands of yarn in a grey color scheme to mimic the color of the subway. I then took Dondi's iconic subway whole cars and created stencils of them. I broke up the stencil into sections and created what you see. Every time a subway passes through the station, it is as if Dondi's work is back on the trains, just like they were back in the 80's. Rest peacefully Donald. You are missed by so many. April 7, 1961 — October 2, 1998
See more of Dondi's work - http://www.graffiti.org/dondi/
See more from HOTTEA - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotandtea/
See more of Patrick's work - http://iampatricksullivan.com/
Legendary photographer Martha Cooper has been documenting graffiti and graffiti writers since the late 1970s. Her and Henry Chalfant’s book “Subway Art”, originally published in 1984, was largely responsible for the globalization of graffiti. She has remained a fixture in the community and culture, and has been documenting the Wynwood Walls since the project began in 2009. Her photos tell the story of the Wynwood Walls from its inception to expansion, and all of the artists and their respective works. In graffiti and street art, nothing is permanent, even commissioned walls. Because of the temporary nature of the medium, Martha’s photos outlast almost every piece of graffiti or street art itself.
Graffiti artist BIO at his Solo art show at BoB bar in the lower east side. A bunch of the Tats Cru artists came through including Nicer, Case 2, Dmote, NYC Lase and others. Special Thanks to Mikey Colon at KingsofNewYork.net for coordinating the shoot and interviewing BIO.