Yesterday marked the passing of boxing great Hector “Macho” Camacho. Camacho who was taken off life support after being tragically shot days in his native Puerto Rico, the boxer fought his way out of the tough streets of Spanish Harlem to become one of the most celebrated boxers of his era and a cultural icon. Hector Camacho will be remembered as much for his skill in the boxing ring and for his flamboyant and over the top style of dress and overall larger than life personality. Camacho in his long career would hold four different world titles, fighting the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez among others.
Macho also played a small part in the history of graffiti as it pertains to the movie Style Wars. In a segment with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, Camacho is shown in a anti-graffiti public service announcement and featured in a poster with the slogan”Take it from the champs, graffiti is for chumps” Make your mark in society, not on society. Check out the 30 second clip. A little footnote in the eventful life of Hector Camacho who ironically was never known as one to obey the rules, but always represented the spirit of Hip-Hop with a style and attitude that always and unapologetically represented the streets that he came from. R.I.P. Champ.