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X-MEN Boston, late 1980’s – early 1990’s
November 9, 2011, 2:41 pm
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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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Forest Hills MBTA station 1980’s

Before Boston’s MBTA Orange Line went into the trench in 1987 it was (arguably) a beautiful elevated trainline. Forest Hills station would become my “ground zero”. Here are some pics from the late 70’s/ early 80’s, but looking very similar to the Forest Hills I knew going to school in 1986-1987…


West elevation Forest Hills station – looking East across site of former New Haven Railroad station.

View underneath Forest Hill station along the surface platform looking North.


View of upper level platform at Forest Hills station – looking North.
Interior view Forest Hills station showing the intermediate level stair platform which is suspended from the main structure.


View of concrete covered portion of elevated Mainline Structure (Section F-6) – looking Northeast along Washington Street at intersection of Arborway. Arborway overpass crosses overhead at left. In the background is the start of Section F-5. Arborway yard is at the center in the background.


View of elevated Mainline structure – looking North – along Washington Street at juncture of Section F-5 and Section F-6 (the concrete enclosed portion of structure). Remaining stub of the former incline that led down to the Arborway storage yards is at the right.

*All pics and descriptions taken from here.



Boston’s Elevated Orange Line (R.I.P. 1987)

Some pics that bring me back.. Boston’s elevated Orange Line.

Orange Line - Forest HillsMBTA Orange Line at Forest Hills Station (my old home base)

Orange Line - Green St.Inbound train at Green St., looking south

Orange Line - Green StGreen St., looking inbound

Orange Line - EglestonEgleston Station, my stop for school

Orange Line - CharlesGoin over the Mystic River

Orange Line - South EndIn the South End. You can see the sign for St Vincent de Paul in the background.

Orange Line - RoxburyElevated Orange Line in Roxbury. Check out Skippy Whites, best spot for vinyl back in the day.

Orange Line - Forest HillsPulling out of Forest Hills Station, looking from the bus yard.

Orange Line - R.I.P.The elevated Orange Line tracks (R.I.P.) being removed, looking north from Forest Hills.

The above pics are taken from NYCsubway.org. Those are just some of my favorite pics, mainly because they are of my old stomping ground. Check out more old school MBTA flics on their website.

Dudley

Coz- CashCoz getting up in 1986 (est). Mass, Tale, and Spell tags also up. (* above 2 pics stolen from the web, forgot where)

1979 MBTA map
the old train route, 1979 MBTA map


The actual ride, Forest Hills to Dudley


part 2 of the ride


..and don’t forget their appearance at the end of the St. Elsewhere tv show’s intro.



“Alone” piece, English High, 1993

“Alone” piece at English High, 1993.

English High School was a major spot in Boston (Jamaica Plain specifically), until it became a buff in 1994. I still remember the night we painted this. I think it was February and it was COLD. “RANT OD” painted the bottom right wall with scrap cans, and that shit still came out so dope. I can’t find a picture of his whole piece, (so if anyone has it, give it up), but check out his “R”! I had to take the awkward spot on the stairs. Actually,  I was reclaiming some dissed letters that I already had there. (Just under the “E”, you can see a piece of the old “E”.) The mint green color in the fill was a rare brand of some early designer paint that I think was called Cool Colors. You could only get it at Somerville Lumber and they only had a few cans at a time. And that green that I signed it and hooked up the “OD Top Notch”?…. yup, that is the legendary Krylon “Jungle Green”. It was discontinued about 5 years by then, so I was being very sparing with the reserves.




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