We never had the foresight to take photos of the trains in the 1980s. PW was the photographer of the crew back then. He had, I think, two full albums of TPA flics. Unfortunately, over the years, because of moving from place to place, they were lost. I've been able to get a few flics of the Queens faction of TPA...CER, DEMO, LUST, etc.
Here are few found floating around the internet which probably have been seen before.
This was more about letters, style and color impact. We didn't want to take away from the pieces with alot of background and visual distraction. We did this by the train tracks believing that people in the passing train would be able to see it because of the contrasting colors and legibility of the pieces.
One night we went bombing, it was rush hour and the traffic was thick in this underpass. Traffic jam like NYC. We just bombed while everyone watched...it was bugged. No one said a word, not even the cops that drove by.
We met local writers, OZON and SPIT. They took us all over. While driving thru Rio we saw this white wall and decided to pull over and piece...
The next night we did silvers on the beach in Ipanema....
Fresh off my last joint, that PERO piece, I woke up with this image in my head. I saw all the letters sitting perfectly. I quickly sketched the letters to memorialize the idea. I get these flashes alot during the course of the day but usually don't get a chance to jot them down because of work or my family situation.
Here's a clean version of the sketch...coming to a wall soon! Then with color...
Friggin' dude is a MONSTER! He got style for miles. When you piece with PART.TDS, you gotta bring your "A" game. Nothing short of that. My dude is on another level. He pieces with such ease, so nonchalant that it's disgusting.
On this day, it was me, TOTEM, GETS and PART. Boy, I'm glad I didn't piece next to him. I've done that a few times and he slayed me.
When he got out there, me and TOTEM already had our pieces up, so I was safe. GETS had the misfortune of piecing next to PART or so I thought. GETS laid it down. He brought the heat. One of GETS' best joints by far...
50 degrees in the sun. I needed time to relax away from my family pressures. I went out to piece solo. By now, if I was at last year's pace, I would have a few pieces in for the first of the year but this year is bad. My father is in bad health with cancer. I moved him in with me and have been looking after him.
I had been corresponding with MAD C for a little while. She informed me that she was coming to NY and wanted to paint while she was here. She came out and painted with me and DEZO.
When she stepped off the train, she was mad little. I had no idea how much artistic power was in that little frame. When we got to the wall, we spoke briefly about what to do. There was no theme, no plan, we justed pieced. She suggested doing the cracked wall and that she would do it...at first I was like, "OK, whatever"...Yo, she finished her piece first and it was so crisp and clean. Then she knocked out the background. I was impressed!