Filed under: Graffiti, Inspiration | Tags: Boston, Graffiti, Inspiration, Jamaica Plain, Old-School, X-MEN
OK, first off I have to say this is barely an original post, all the pics are stolen off the internet along with the Dash history lesson, but the influence that Boston X-MEN had on my graffiti beginnings can’t be stated enough. Early to mid eighties, Boston’s elevated MBTA orange line was the center of graffiti. Looking out the windows at the cityscapes and the beautiful rooftop murals and signatures made a huge impression on me. When the el was taken down in 1989 focus turned to the streets. And from Egleston Square to Forest Hills up to Roslindale Square… it was all X-MEN…
a classic “X-MEN” blockbuster by MK. Not sure where this one was. There was one of these on a fire escape facing Egleston Sq in 89-90. It was a landmark spot. A very official “Welcome to Egleston: this is X-MEN territory!”
“SCENE” wasn’t X-MEN, but the “DASH” under SCENE’s “S” was. And this photo really brings back memories. After the orange line moved from it’s elevated Washington Street location to it’s present trench location, Amory and Lamartine streets became the new Washington Street in a way. This building was on Lamartine between Paul Gore and Wyman Streets. I would pass this on the regular going to see my first girlfriend on Sheridan St, so of course this time was quite impressionable. When this building was removed in the early 90’s for some new condos (a sign of times to come), it really was a nail in the coffin for an amazing era in Boston graffiti and my youth.
“MK” and “RICH3” at the top of the bleachers at English High School, home to many a writer’s meatings. Probably 1990. Well visible from Washington Street and Williams Street when cutting over to Amory Street. Great Spot.
great hand styles by WISDOM (X-MEN TUF).
“MKAY” (MK) at Jamaica Plain High School, before it changed to English High School in 1989. Another classic location.
Here’s a quick history lesson taken from BostonGraffitiGhosts.com…
“with all respect i would like to clearly say…BACK then as GMC, or XMEN, or PAL, or DF we never opened the doors for nobody to join us..u have to live on the same block or one of us had to bring u in.. and rarely ever did that.. i dont rec…all every knowing a person Remote in Boston in JP…There are many X-Men crews in graf, bboying, MC’s etc etc.. HipHop is officially world wide and allot of history is getting mixed.
The clear Venom to the Story of How X Men migrated to JP.. is one of the most simplest, kinda boring.. but i am a official witness..so here i will say only what my eyes and ears have saw & witnessed..
**ME,LEFTY,FLEX,CHAP started a crew in JP called GMC Ground Master Crew.. in JP Washington st. Egleston sq.. we had all MC’s, BBoys, BGIrls, Writers, graffers, DJ’s..
**JP was a one of those neighborhoods that every summer you will meet someone new and most of the time new cats were from NYC, CT, MIA..
1981 we started bboying in JP…after the bboy life died down a little bit..MEANING that we battled every crew and there was nothing left, crews were breaking up, some peeps stopped dancing etc.
1975 CHAP moved to JP from NYC L.E.S
1979’s SEN2 moved to JP from NYC
1982 around that time ANOMIC moves to JP from Bridgport, CT
1983..a bboy/graffer named MKay moved to JP..
1984 Sandman moved here from Miami
MK comes from Bridgeport CT.. the BX backyard…living between CT & BKLyn.. he has met, went bombing and knows official real XMEN graffers..he has full permission to honor and carry the name..
MK..& I became tight- so i introduced him to chap & sen.. anomic is mk 2nd cousin..they have fam that are related..i already knew and was tight w anomic so it was easy to allow MK to chill w us and rep..
GMC crew went and started a new chapter w FLOORLORDS we are the original Floorlords2 members.. GRAFFING GOT big and so did our neighborhood EVERYBODY wanted to be down..so GMC got bigger and we kept our graff circle mad small.. only 7 to 8 fam members only.
LarryLove & SEn2 are cousins.
MK & Anomic are cousins.
CHAP..Sandman..Daze- Dash & Lefty are brothers.
as we got older we are now around 13-17 years old so all of our friends were hanging out and watching us bomb..MK puts up his signature tag and ends w xmen.. so of course if your fam or a friend u will rep the same.. XMEN is now just begining to be a bunch of family niggas from the same block..dancing dies down.,,GRAFFING picks up..
w the crack taking over so does the crime and now our family friends that live on our block are getting arrested left n right.. so the name XMEN goes into a negative vibe.. cus the Police wants to label everything..SO not to take away from THE ORIGINAL XMEN in NYC..
but basically the seeds they left behind grow and move on and thats how the name carries on.. our own friends and fam.. our own neighbors that we grew up.. dancing, graffing, and we had nothing left and went bombing we we would carry on XMEN..
xMEN block buster above was done by MK.
i think that helps.. but if u have any Q’s hit me up.. Peace.. UNO”
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