NBC Reports: Graffiti Elders are Having Trouble Putting Away Their Spray Paint Cans
NBC New York spoke with 70’s era graffiti artists Zephyr, 51, and LA Roc, 45, about their continued commitment to writing. Each find themselves walking with a marker or a can on their person to this day. The two are recognizable figures from the 80’s heydays of subway and street graffiti, both transitioning into galleries. However, even as professional artists they continue to find ways to stay up as their lifestyles have changed.
“In torn jeans and saddled with a black backpack, Andrew Witten glances up and down the street for police. The 51-year-old then whips out a black marker scribbles ‘Zephyr’ on a wall covered with movie posters. He admires his work for a few seconds before his tattooed arms reach for his daughter, holding her hand as he briskly walks away.”
Zephyr has evaded the hands of the law, but LA Roc has not been as lucky. LA Roc stopped writing for 14 years but picked it back up after the traumatic loss of his girlfriend. He has since been caught 3 times and served 41 days at Rikers Island. Read the full article to learn more about the two artists’ lifelong commitment to graffiti.
Source: NBC New York via Bombing Science