Dead or Alive? The mystery of Tracy 168

By - Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Tracy 168 RIP??? It turns out that the widely reported passing of graffiti legend and Wildstyle Crew founder, Michael Tracy a.k.a. Tracy 168 could be a hoax. Many hip hop legends expressed their sadness at Tracy’s passing before Tracy’s associate Fernando Carlo (also known as Cope 2) announced that Tracy was alive and well in the Bronx, and that his reported passing was in fact a hoax. Despite having his artwork featured in the Brooklyn Museum in a 2006 exhibition, Tracy 168’s late career is marred by obscurity compared to his peers: Lee Quinones, Blade, Chris “Daze” Ellis, and many other graffiti pioneers from his era who have been far less shy about public attention, the media, the gallery scene, and the spotlight of pop culture. A skilled artist, profound thinker, practitioner of an occult mystic voodoo like Carribean and West African religion called Santeria, and a talented magician; Tracy’s greatest act, his own personal disappearing act, seems to possibly be yet another illusion from one of Graffiti arts elusive pioneers and enlightened masters.

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