staying up

Over the weekend, I went on a stroll with the family in our ‘hood. We’re always on the lookout for cool stuff and my lifetime love has a keen eye for all things graffiti related: from murals to simple tags. Low and behold, he stumbled upon two rare gems: a Cay 161 tag probably dating back to ’73, and a Zephyr tag that is dated 1980. It’s amazing that this wall is still in tact (and we’d like to keep it that way, hence we’ll skip identifying the exact location). It’s especially amazing when considering how much history has gone down between ’73 (and ’80) through today.  Not only was the art form simpler back then, the penalties were light if you were caught (If you didn’t get a slap on the wrist, you may have had to spend a weekend cleaning the subway station). Nowadays, writers are facing major jail time if they caught, by the highly advanced vandal squad (I don’t know, but considering that New York is swimming in an economic cesspool, it seems frivolous to me that tax payer money is being spent on stopping so-called vandals).

BY RAQUEL CEPEDA

CAY 161 (circa 1973), Photograph by Raquel Cepeda

PHOTOGRAPH BY RAQUEL CEPEDA

Zephyr 1980, Photograph by Raquel Cepeda

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