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Stay High 149
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Stay High 149
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As a pioneer of the emerging graffiti movement during the early seventies, Stay High 149 has left an indelible mark on New York City and graffiti culture. While his tags covered entire train cars in NYC, his work first reached a wide audience with the publication of Norman Mailer's seminal book Faith of Graffiti in 1974.
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An innovative writer, Stay High 149 was the first to adopt an icon rather than a typographic tag as a nom de guerre; his “Smoker” was a subversive spin-off of the logo developed for the 1960s classic spy thriller television show “The Saint.” His “Voice of the Ghetto” tag began as an anonymous declaration of existence on behalf the city’s dispossessed and downtrodden.

After a mysterious quarter century absence from the graffiti world during which he spiraled downward into drug addiction and dealing, Stay High 149 reentered the graffiti culture to find he had become an icon himself. Still an active writer in his 50s, Stay High 149 remains highly respected within the community for his early innovation and enduring presence on the streets. His story is a must-read for any graffiti history buff.

96 pages, Hardcover, 7 1/2'' x 10'' (191 x 254 mm)
color illustrations throughout, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-403-6  $ 19.95
About the Artist:
Wayne Roberts
See also:

Burning New York
Burning New York
A companion volume to Broken Win­dows, Burning New York showcases the best large-scale graffiti pieces documented over a five year period from 2001 – 2006. more...

Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
The book documents the flowering of the graffiti movement of the post-train era. This newly revised 2010 edition has been completely redesigned with 70 more pages and many new photo­graphs from the era. more...

Action Painting Bringing Art to the Trains
Action Painting:
Bringing Art to the Trains
All works presented in this book are no longer existent. Gone for good, washed off the side of the train, sometimes only hours after their creation. What remains is a little photo. more...
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GINGKO PRESS | STREET ART GRAFFITI BOOK | ISBN-13: 9781584234036 | ISBN-10: 1-58423-403-2 / 1584234032