12ozProphet Photo of the Day: Snake 1 Showing Love at Scope
The 12ozProphet team visited the Scope Art Fair Sunday where we had the pleasure of connecting with Eddie “Snake 1″ Rodriguez, one of the first generation New York graffiti writers.
Snake 1 was exhibiting the painting behind him at the Eric Firestone Gallery booth. It was painted in 1973 but remained rolled up in his basement for the past 29 years. Recently, Eric Firestone took on Snake 1 as one of his artists and had the painting professionally restored and stretched. The painting is titled Red Snake, was spray painted on linen and is 47″ x 66”. Snake 1 started writing in 1970, and with his writing partner Stitch 1 started one of the earliest graffiti crews, Writers Corner 188, or WC 188.
Art historian and critic Natalie Hegert set up the meeting with Snake 1, which she had organized through the Eric Firestone Gallery. She will be conducting a series of interviews for 12ozProphet this summer with other early writers such as Mico, Bama, Lava I & II, and more, who you can see in this video painting 5Pointz last Friday. The Eric Firestone Gallery has been a supporter of graffiti and street art since they opened in East Hampton in 2010 with an exhibition called Hyperbolic Aerosolic: The Roots of New York City Underground Art.
Photo and Text: Daniel Feral