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Anna Kahn

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Gotham's Graffiti Influence

When you think of graffiti what comes to mind?  The New York City Subway during the 1970’s and 80’s is my first image.  Although graffiti in New York City was helped by the subway system, you will be surprised to know that modern graffiti actually started in the 1960’s in Philadelphia.  It was not until after the death of famous Jazz musician Charlie Parker, nicknamed Bird, that graffiti began appearing in NYC with the words “Bird Lives”.  It would still take at least another decade for the center of graffiti culture to shift from Philadelphia to New York where it gained media attention. The pioneers of modern graffiti in New York City during the 1970s were TAKI 183 and TRACY 168 along with DONDI, Lady Pink, Zephyr, Julio 204, STAY HIGH 149, PHASE2.  Graffiti at that time was most prevalent in Washington Heights.  The writers would add their...
Posted to Attractions on Thursday, January 07, 2016 at 11:24:49 AM

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