Wall Writers showing this Saturday the 22nd in Vancouver at The Olio Arts festival

September 17 2012 . 11:07pm

From director Roger Gastman—a producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop—comes Wall Writers, a documentary on graffiti in its innocence.

Through unprecedented access to TAKI 183, CORNBREAD, and a host of other legendary writers, Wall Writers tells the story of a time when underprivileged city kids refused to keep lurking in the shadows, when the streets were so wild that fame and infamy became indistinct, when art became a democracy and self-promotion became an art.

And the narration is done by John Waters!

If you live in Vancouver come check it out!

Find out more at: oliofestival.com

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TAKI 183 at History of American Graffiti book signing

July 18 2011 . 03:40pm

Find out more at: theholenyc.com

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Taki 183 x Rime x Roids x Revok

May 20 2010 . 03:10pm

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Taki183 Interview on ilovegraffiti.de

January 18 2010 . 07:19pm

Graffiti writers around the world know the name that started it all: Taki183. A greek kid from 183rd Street in Washington Heights. Taki183’s simple signature captured the attention of a reporter and, on July 21, 1971, the article “TAKI 183 Spawns Pen Pals” appeared in The New York Times.(PDF Download). Just like that, he became a graffiti legend, with rumors spreading that he even tagged a Secret Service car and the Statue of Liberty. Amid all the rumors, Taki183 remained silent. Now, almost four decades later, Taki183 has emerged to tell a bit of his story. Our friend Roger Gastman sat down with 57 years old Taki for this ilovegraffiti.de Smalltalk.

Taki, where did you grow up?

I grew up in Washington Heights, moved there when I was a little kid. A lot of Greeks at the time stayed with the Greeks, then that changed with the Heights, the183th street, hung out with everybody and it was a pretty nice place to grow up.

Is it safe to say Washington Heights was the birthplace of modern graffiti in New York City?

I would say the east side of Manhattan was the birthplace of graffiti because that’s where the media picked it up. They couldn’t give a crap what happened in Washington Heights or the Bronx. When it happened on the east side, that’s when it was in the paper.

When you started writing graffiti, what were you calling it? Did you call it tagging or writing?

I think we were calling it writing, but if we saw a subway car we would say, “Let’s go hit the car.” If you hit it from end to end, you’d “kill the car”— that was how we talked Part of the reason it became big during the summer of ’70 is because I was going to summer school at George Washington High School and my desk was full of graffiti. I had written my name and all these people would write on my table also. I already had a name and people were meeting me and they would go out and write. That was the big summer I was working as a messenger. I was in a lot of places and I just kept writing; as long as I had a marker I’d keep writing. It was addictive.

You were doing this solely for the purpose of writing your name?

Yeah, just to say I was there, basically.

Did you go out to all the different boroughs?

I inevitably I did, but Brooklyn is a very big borough, so I wouldn’t make a point of stopping at every station and writing. At some point I hit all the boroughs, but not everywhere, it’s big job.

So in early 1970, the subway system has no tags except for you guys. At what point do you start seeing other people like BABYFACE 86, for example, or JOE 182?

I think it just happened overnight. Basically, you’d already hit the 169th Street station, and they would write right next to you. They wouldn’t write around the corner, they’d write next to you. People just added their names and it was pretty cool. The names tended to be clustered, and it kind of mushroomed from there. It just happened overnight basically.

Read the rest of the interview HERE

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Limited edition prints by TAKI 183 available online

May 15 2009 . 01:58pm

www.TAKI 183.net

Graffiti writers around the world know the name that started it all: TAKI 183. A kid from 183rd Street in northern Manhattan, TAKI 183’s simple signature captured the attention of a reporter and, on July 21, 1971, the article "TAKI 183 Spawns Pen Pals" appeared in The New York Times.

Just like that, TAKI 183 became a graffiti legend, with rumors spreading that he even tagged a Secret Service car and the Statue of Liberty. Amid all the rumors, TAKI 183 remained silent. Now, almost four decades later, TAKI 183 has emerged to tell his story.

This site includes photos of TAKI 183’s work, images of his friends and contemporaries, his true story and, for the first time, official TAKI 183 limited-edition screenprints.

There are currently three screenprints available in the store:

COLLAGE

A collage design made up of The New York Times article about TAKI 183 from July 21, 1971, and various high school newspaper articles and drawings about TAKI 183 from 1970.

Four-Color Hand-Pulled Screen Print
18 x 24
120 lb. matte
Edition of 183
Signed by TAKI 183
Shipped via USPS

RED SUBWAY TILE

An ornate tile pattern of the New York City subway walls makes the perfect backdrop for an original TAKI 183 paint tag. Each of the 50 prints is unique in that no two tags are exactly alike. This is your chance to have a real TAKI 183 tag, overspray and all!

Three-Color Hand-Pulled Screen Print on Natural Color

26 x 38.5
20 pt. textured stock
Edition of 50
Signed by TAKI 183 in black spray paint
Shipped via USPS

BLUE SUBWAY TILE

An ornate tile pattern of the New York City subway walls makes the perfect backdrop for an original TAKI 183 paint tag, as well as marker tags by three of TAKI 183’s mentors: PHIL T GREEK the 1st, PHIL T GREEK the 2nd and GREG 69, both of whom started writing in early in 1969. Each of the 25 prints is unique in that no two tags are exactly alike. This is your chance to have a real TAKI 183 tag, overspray and all, plus marker tags of his mentors!

Three-Color Hand-Pulled Screen Print on Natural Color
26 x 38.5
20 pt. textured stock
Edition of 25
Signed by TAKI 183 in black spray paint, and in marker by PHIL T GREEK the 1st, PHIL T GREEK the 2nd and GREG 69.

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