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CASH / COZ Tribute TONIGHT

Boston lost a legend last week. CASH/COZ, a big inspiration to me and my generation in  Boston graffiti late 80’s/ early 90’s.

If you’re in Boston tonight…

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coz-cashCASH/ COZ in action. Dudley Station Boston, 1986 (*flick stolen from internet).



“Punishments”

So a while back someone gave me a blank book filled with graph paper. Seemed like some interesting paper to draw on. Hopefully it would get me over the “hang up” I have with that paper.. it is what my 4th grade teacher, Ms. Casey, made us use for our “Punishments”.

Do something wrong, and have to write your punishment.. on graph paper. One letter, per square… over and over…  until the page was done.

Mess up once?… Start over.

Hand cramping?.. Massage it for 30 seconds, then keep going.

Not learn the lesson?.. Do 5 sheets.

Still not learn?.. The whole class had to do em.

And after they were all done and got a quick check for accuracy?… Ripped in pieces and thrown away.

I  usually got good grades in elementary school, except for… conduct, effort and… penmanship.  So I OFTEN had this one…

Alone1-Punishments-WriteNeater1“Write Neater”

This was another common one…

Alone1-Punishments-IWillNotTalk“I Will Not Talk”

Decades later I realized that some of these punishments had really stuck. And not always in a good way. So maybe the same techniques could be used to “unpunish” myself or or for things that I would consider more positive uses.

Alone1-Punishments-GoTalkToHer(detail)“Fuck That. Go Talk To Her.”

Alone1-Punishments-ASkateboardIsNot“A Skateboard Is Not A Battle Ax”

Alone1-Punishments-BeNiceToHer(detail)“Be Nice To Her”

Oh, and how can I forget? For next level shit we would have to write ONE WORD PER SQUARE…

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“Sorry”

I spent a lot of time almost filling that book. But eventually decided to stop punishing myself…

Alone1-Punishments-NotGuilty“Not Guilty”



Jahmal Williams, 1989

In honor of today being “Go Skateboarding Day”,  an old pic of the homie Jahmal Williams with a handplant over the spine on my old ramp…

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Jahmal Williams
Boston , 1989



3D INNOVATIONS AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE TO EAST COAST SKATEBOARDING

Thanks to Anthony Pappalardo and Jenkem for putting this out. Know your skateboarding history.

From JENKEMMAG

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3d innovations started by matt landon in 1990

Along with the rest of the skate-o-sphere, I was shocked to learn that Brian Anderson and Alex Olson quit Girl. It’s the equivalent of quitting pizza or sex–you’re crazy to give either up unless someone has a gun to your head. Rumors quickly surfaced that BA was starting a new brand out of the Skate Mental camp and anyone from Alex Olson to Dill and A.V.E. were going to skate for it. Eventually Anderson started leaking logos on Instagram for his new brand 3d skateboards.

While the name 3d might seem fairly innocuous to most, it really irked the inner skate nerd in me. What was the big deal about the name?

Well it was already used by a company started in Connecticut in 1990 by Matt Landon or Skimps if you know him well. Most people know Brian Anderson is from Connecticut–Groton to be specific–and he’s close in age to both myself and Landon, so he had to be aware of 3d Innovations right? Chrome Ball mentioned getting 3d’s DVD (which is still available here for only $5.00) and Quartersnacks posted a complimentary and detailed review of it in 2011 when it was released. Of course my surprise was nothing compared to how Landon felt when he heard about the new venture. Continue reading



CAYPE in the Boston Globe

My homie CAYPE in an article from THE BOSTON GLOBE, May 31, 2013 (reprinted from here and here):

“GRAFFITI ARTIST FIGHTS HIS ADDICTION TO STREET ART”
by Aaron Dentel-Post  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT     MAY 31, 2013

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Former graffiti artist Tyson Andree has fine arts works in a group exhibition in Adelson Galleries Boston through June 30.

Graffiti gained popularity as art on New York City subway trains in the 1970s. Andree says he’s been told that it was artists named Gene, short for Genius, and Sen2 who brought it to Boston around 1980. He says his history of the Boston graffiti scene comes from an artist named Click, one of the originators of Boston’s graffiti scene.

By 1983, Boston had a full-blown graffiti culture. The elevated Orange Line route that ran through Roxbury was a particular hot spot, with graffiti works lining roofs and high walls within view of passing trains.

More than two decades later, balanced on a girder over the iron-gray water of the Charles River, Andree, now 33, is going by the name Caype, and he must be one of the most prolific and longest active graffiti writers in Boston’s history. It’s also a chapter in his life he’s trying to move past.

He is the first graffiti artist to be represented by the Adelson Galleries Boston, which deals primarily in artwork by contemporary and modern masters like Jim Dine, Andrew Wyeth, Alex Katz, and others. Andree is included in a group show titled “Ten Artists,” which runs through June 30.

Some of his works on paper have also been included in Barry McGee’s exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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NEKST MSK D-30 R.I.P.

The graffiiti world lost another one yesterday with the early passing of Houston  CA  NYC, nationwide crusher “NEKST”…

ImageNEKST – Spring and Bowery (NYC)

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“MSK” by NEKST, seen from the Williamsburg Bridge

kgibbs-61391“NEKST” Houston St. (NYC)*

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“NEKST” Houston St. (NYC)**

Nekst-truck“NEKST” (S.F.) **

Image“NEKST” (the Bronx, NYC) **

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“NEKST” MBTA Red Line (Boston) **

* stolen pic from theKeeganGibbs.com

** stolen pic from ?

 



X-MEN Boston, late 1980’s – early 1990’s
November 9, 2011, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Graffiti, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , ,

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).

“ARCH”  between Jackson Square and Roxbury Crossing, probably 1990.
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“RICH” throw-up.

“MKAY” (MK) at Jamaica Plain High School, before it changed to English High School in 1989. Another classic location.
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Unfortunately I can’t find the 2 MOST influential X-MEN pieces to me (Anyone has them, PLEASE send em over! (That means you BYG!)). The first was the “X-MEN” in all blues at the Forest Hills wall, 1989/1990, done by MK (and probably others, Romeo? Rich?). The second was the “ROMEO RICH” at the same wall, same time, bubble letters with a fresh yellow/green fill and (I believe) red outline and these RIDICULOUS shines. Oooh! The first time I went up to that wall in person I knew if I wanted to do graffiti, especially in Jamaica Plain, I better make that shit dope. X-MEN had seriously set some high standards.

Here’s a quick history lesson taken from BostonGraffitiGhosts.com

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