Graffiti has become commercial, big business, mainstream. In the 1980’s Fernando Carlo a.k.a COPE 2 was a street hustler and drug dealer who ascended towards kingpin status. Cope managed armed workers in the Bronx, and after barely escaping a shooting one day, escaped the game, to focus on less risky crimes, such as “money racking”, (stealing goods which are later re-sold). Through his escape from poverty into a life of violence and crime, and subsequent years of incarceration, Cope always maintained a prolific tagging presence on the streets of New York as one of its few authentic graffiti kings. He’s seen here painting in the LES with fellow Wildstlye Crew member Dan Plasma.