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Raekwon’s “The Hood”, 2002

Old flick… painting for Raekwon’s video “The Hood”, Staten Island, 2002…

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 photo: CHEAT OD



“Woods. Grain”
November 28, 2012, 6:25 am
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Painted a car a few weeks ago for my homie. It was a mid 90’s  Oldsmobile OD MOBILE station wagon, but we decided to give it a kind of  “retro” look with some faux wood panelling…



Towards the back I changed up to some woods/trees as a sort of homage to his old whip.




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“History Of American Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon

This book came out about a month ago. I meant to do a comprehensive review on it, but with about 400 PAGES a proper review would take months for me to write. And I don’t want to reveal too much of the book. Here’s a small preview…

First, the cover. Take off that paper one that it came with and reveal the (MUCH doper, in my opinion) vintage spraycans cover hiding under there.

Then get ready for a Graffiti History 101 on the history of over 25 cities. Just check out the Contents pages!..



Instead of starting with the expectected Cornbread and Taki 183 stories, it starts earlier with other forms of graffiti.



Of course any history book is bound to overemphasize certain people and events and omits others (REZENT! LOST!). However the Boston and New York sections are pretty accurate and no way as biased as it could have been. I’m not so knowledgeable on the other cities, but hopefully they are just as accurate.




In addition to the individual city chapters, there’s profiles on some very influential writers such as Cost, Revs, Twist, and others.


Then to top things off, they’ve even included info on spraypaint, blackbooks, tagbanging, freights, the list goes on..


I was very pleased to see the Boston chapter giving just credit to the X-men, Jayrock, Remote, and of course the much justified write up and photos of Alert (OD. KBN. 5AV) and Ryze (5AV KBN.) in the Boston chapter.


The OD crew gets their mention. I get a mention and some quote. And a photo (not one I would have chosen.. guess I should have submitted some of my own.) of an “AN” I did on the Porter MBTA tracks in 1993. Yup, the “Star Market wall”.

They also go on in the Denver section about Alert and Hel (OD KBN) relocating out there and hooking up with SWS.

Overall, this is a great book that will undoubtedly (like it or not) be used as THE first and foremost account of 20th century graffiti and will be studied for centuries to come. Grab a copy while you can still get an original first pressing.

*** Oh yeah, BIG THANKS to Caleb and Roger for hooking up me up with a copy of the book!!



“Peaks”
September 17, 2008, 5:42 am
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“Peaks”
2008
spraypaint on canvas
20″ x 30″
SOLD



“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.



Red Simplescape on Boston’s MBTA Tracks, 1995
September 5, 2008, 3:54 am
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On Boston’s MBTA tracks, 1995.



“Alone” piece, Dorchester 1992

“Alone” piece at the Dogwalk in Dorchester. 1992. Krylon “Brick” force field (discontinued color, even back then), homemade green in the background. The spot was located next to the Ashmont-Mattapan trolley line. Boston’s OD crew was the first to paint that spot and so much dope art was created there, including alot of the pieces that were the foundation of what people now call “Boston’s no negative space” style. 

 

Krylon “Brick” ingredient label can, 1986




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