High Maintenance – A Benefit for The Family of Stay High 149 on Dirty Pilot
The event is a tribute to the man who inspired me to want to write graffiti more than anyone else. In my opinion he rocked the greatest tag in the culture’s history. The fundraiser’s purpose is to show his family that the culture he did so much for (graffiti and street art alike) recognize his contribution. Dirty Pilot, a site that is a staple in selling graffiti art online has generously donated their website from 9/15-10/14 to showcase the myriad of works submitted by an amazing line-up of artists. We pooled our contacts and were very touched by the great response.
Wayne Roberts was a beautiful humble cat whose name will ring out in art history books a hundred years from now. All monies from sales will go to Stay high 149’s children, Dwayne and Michelle. I would like to thank all the talented people who got down for the cause. I am overwhelmed at the scope and variety of work submitted. It’s a true testament to a pioneer who influenced generations of graffiti writers who followed.
All works displayed are available for sale now in High Maintenance – A Tribute to Stay High 149 an online benefit exhibition on Dirty Pilot.
Official exhibition statement written by Terror 161:
Gordon Wayne Roberts created the tag Stay High 149, combined it with a smoking, halo-adorned stick man he borrowed from The Saint television show and changed the face of graffiti. It’s hard to imagine a trip through the subway system in early 70’s without seeing his name a dozen times. Changing to his secondary alias, Voice of the Ghetto, around 1974 , he introduced the world to two and three toned markers that spewed rainbows of psychedelic cool. After a 25 year disappearance, a time during which many assumed him dead, he reappeared at a graff show in 2000 and soon launched a comeback that gave a new generation a chance to know and love his work.
His tags had the rarest combination of style and meaning I’ve ever witnessed. High Maintenance is about paying back one of the most inspirational, yet humble cats to ever wield a marker. His spirit and legacy has touched every era of a culture that’s blown up world wide. The artists who so generously donated their work for this benefit are giving their collective thanks to a man who transcended graffiti culture and in time will be remembered as an American Folk Hero. All net proceeds from this sale will go to Stayhigh’s Family.
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