Stay High 149 "Voice of the Ghetto" Benefit Tee Exclusively at Reed Space
Coinciding with the online benefit High Maintenance: A Tribute for Stay High149 this T-shirt, limited to 149 pieces, is available exclusively at Reed Space with all proceeds from sales of the shirt go to Stay High 149′s family. The front of the tee features a photograph by Martha Cooper from the collection of Terror 161 who also organized the benefit on Dirty Pilot. The Voice of the Ghetto tag pictured in the photograph is from the inside of a 1 train Broadway Local circa 1974. The back features a Stay High 149 tag with his iconic smoking saint stick figure. The Stay High 149 benefit T-shirt is available now at Reed Space in the Lower East Side and on their online store here.
“Gordon Wayne Roberts aka Stay High 149 aka Voice of the Ghetto passed away on June 11, 2012. He was 61 and left us way too soon. To use cliched terms such as Godfather, pioneer or legend in describing him woud be a huge injustice. His signature remains the most iconic and important ever to grace a train, bus or wall.
“Created at the intersection of style and meaning, his name represented truth and excellence. His name went All City before the term even existed, Stay High 149′s moniker could be seen at least a dozen times on any trip through the subway system during his peak in the early to mid seventies. The halo adorned smoking stick figure, a kind of devilish saint, crime, porno flicks on the deuce, the Vietnam War and Stay High 149 in your face defined an era. When he began writing Voice of the Ghetto in 1974 his self-styled two toned rainbow-spewing marker made the already coolest cat in the game that much cooler. How can you categorize him? He was an American Folk Hero, whose name will be mentioned along with those of Renoir, Van Gogh and Da Vinci in Art History classes a hundred years from now.”