Style Master Don1 Book

This article was posted by Mare 139 2 weeks, 1 Day, 10 hours, 34 minutes ago.

As a young writer I was fortunate to have seen some of Don1 pieces and tags, his legend as both hand stylist and style writer preceded him in every Boro of NYC. I used to think it was Dondi CIA but in fact it was an already establish Style Master who was unarguably on par with the best of his generation.

Looking at the fantastic and dedicated work that Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro committed to this project is impressive.  This book highlights and preserves the history of a very influential Style Master whose work has influenced many generations directly or indirectly. I was floored by the amount of painted masterpieces and that many of the great legends such as Chain 3 paid homage to Don1.

This book is definately among the must haves on the subject of early Style Writing.

Among the famous graffiti artists from New York City’s 1970s subway era was an unassuming talent from the unassuming borough of Queens. The Italian-American rock and roller who wrote DON 1 MAFIA blasted onto the scene like a meteorite out of nowhere. His influence on this art form transcended the inner city and he became a legend and a household name. But his descent from the top of this name game, a result of the hedonistic lifestyle of New York City at the time, was just as swift, and for years DON1 has lived in obscurity. Fortunately, as a photographer studying at the prestigious school of Art and Design, DON1 documented his iconic work, along with that of his well known contemporaries, using his trusted 35mm camera. This penetrating work takes the reader inside the supernova that was DON1’s creative life with nearly 200 never before seen graffiti photos of the most undocumented NYC train lines and an even rarer glimpse at work from his black book.

© Mare 139 & 12ozProphet - Wednesday April 02, 2014

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