On Friday I had my lecture and presentation on the evolution of Graffiti art. My starting point was the caves of Lascaux as an example of mans first primitive instinct to write on walls, to the catacombs of Rome , Egyptian Hieroglyphics and the infamous Kilroy was here. From this starting point I discussed the influence early Philadelphia graffiti had on NYC and the rise of Taki 183 and Stay High 149 and the evolution of the signature into a bubble style by Phase 2. I also spoke of the changes not just in style but the early usages of color palettes and patterns. I moved on to Style Masters and the style wars on the trains and ultimately thru methods, techniques, as well as street art and media bombing. I also discussed the importance of the Red Bull Outsides project and the BackJumps Live 3 Exhibit. I wrapped it up discussing my evolution from style writer to sculptor in 1985.
Photos courtesy of Letty Lyons for Second Movement Productions © 2008