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History of Writers






    A writer could just burn with a Top- to-Bottom, as seen here with the famous FLINT 707 candy- cane piece, done in the early to mid 1970's.  This piece blew many writers away and even forced few in to retirement.  The true originator of the Top- to-Bottom is hard to pin point; some say JAPAN 1 started it, and others say SUPER KOOL 223.  

    By 1973, spotting a Top- to-Bottom running  became a normal event that most writers saw.  In the beginning, the first Top- to-Bottoms did not take up the entire subway car, but mainly half of its length.  HUNDO 1 took this idea to a new level by painting extra large thick letters, that took up the whole train.  Many Top- to-Bottoms consisted of bubble letter, straight letter, western letter and block letter styles.  Out side tags were becoming a thing of the past.  Numerous writers started doing larger more elaborate letters just to keep two steps ahead of the rest. To a Subway Outlaw, the Top- to-Bottom writings were about dominance.  It was how he/she could take over a line with the biggest and the best, as well as the most work that could hit the public ( the next day).  TRACY 168 took this honor for being a total package, on what a subway writer should be.  He took over the lines with stylish Top- to-Bottoms, as well as with quick letter styles.  His most amazing production was writing a Top- to-Bottom on the out side of a train with CLIFF 159, and one inside of the train.  That truly blew many writers minds when they saw it! 

    Writers like SUPER STRUT who had a very long name, executed a Top- to-Bottom with their entire name.  Various artists like LEE, of the THE FABULOUS FIVE, took off where FLINT 707 left off.  As a result, he did some of the most memorable Top- to-Bottoms of his era.  BLADE, an all time king of the 2's and 5's, was considered by many to be one of the all time kings of the whole car Top- to-Bottoms.  SEEN UA pulled off dozens of Top-to-Bottoms in the early 1980's and took over, where BLADE left off.  A writer truly over looked, was MIN 1 a.k.a. NE, who pulled off the most colorful Top-to-Bottoms (along with KEL and the RTW-WOW crew), on the BMT's.  One of MIN's biggest products was a Top-to-Bottom wild style done for SHY 147 (R.I.P.), which ran on the RR train in the mid 19 80's.  DONDI's work was always a pleasure to be seen .... as it had neat , clean , large and colorful letters, that looked like they belonged on a subway car.  The following are a few photos of our favorites


BLADE : This top-to-bottom whole-car was done in 1977.  This was during the time of the Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) killings in the Bronx, which frightened many.  July, 1976 - August, 1977, in New York City was terrorized by the Son of Sam.  He shot and killed 6 people, 5 of them whom were young women and wounded 7 others.  He struck at young couples in "Lover's Lanes".  Since the Son of Sam, used a .44-caliber revolver, he was called the "44-caliber killer." (Note: the written message in my piece).  He was also known to target women with long hair, which forced many women around the city to have there hair cut, or pinned up before leaving their homes.  I remember David Berkowitz, wrote a letter to police that read:  Let me haunt you with these words: "I'll be back!  I'll be back!  To be interpreted as bang, bang, bang, bang, bang!! Ugh!!"  David Berkowitz claimed , voices were ordering him to kill.  I was still bombing the trains heavy that year and did this piece as a reflection of the Son of Sam killings. (In the 1970's, many writers painted about things that where the sign of those times.) Click here to see the new book by BLADE.1, King Of Kings


This rare signature Top-to-Bottom was done by CLYDE.  CLYDE was more famous for his single hit, than his pieces  (but when he did pieces, most of them resembled his tags).  CLYDED was a very respected subway killer in the early 1970's, but what he was even more famous for, was being the City-wide king of  the buses.  At the time, buses were just as popular as the subways. 

CLYDE scratches his name in a glass window on a number 7 train, in 2003.

RIP 1 (aka LIONEL 168)

Early writer LIONEL 168 aka RIP 1 was a very respected and very feared writer in the 1970's . RIFF 170 - I remember doing a piece in the 3 yard along with STAN 153 and the 3 yard boys in Manhattan.  I finished doing a CRUNCH car, which had two spray cans on each side crashing the letters together.  That car was the best car ever  done in the 3 yard.  When I left the 3 yard, I was "talking a lot of smack" (bragging), just letting those dudes know that I burned them.  That was just something you did in those days, as a way of friendly competition.  Those guys got out of hand, by spitting on the back of my jacket, as I walked in front of the group.  When I looked over to STAN for help, being that we both went there together, he did nothing and stood quiet.  Upon my return to the Bronx, I told LIONEL 168 what happened to me by the 3 yard.  The next day me, LIONEL (who was the size of a pro wrestler) and a few other Bronx writers showed up in Manhattan, to meet with the 3 yard boys. When we arrived, LIONEL threatened to beat down every single member of the grou.  There must have been ten of them standing there and all said nothing.  They all refused to fight, and that was the end of that.  After that incidence  I never spoke with STAN 153 again.




Top-to-bottom done on the J line in the mid 1970's.  HE 3, was the king of the J- line from 1976- 977 who produced his share of Top-to-Bottoms.



BAD 700 aka SPEC 1

SPEC 1 was a very effective subway writer, in the early 1970's.  In this photo, SPEC used the undercover name BAD 700.

BOT 707

  BOT did Top-to-Bottoms with many different writers throughout the years. BOT was a very effective subway writer in the 1970's who had very good style.




 Done on an IRT train by SKEME and SEEN TC-5 in 1982


CEM 2 's biggest years as a writer took place around late 1983 to early 1985.  He joined forces with T-KID and the T.A.T./TNB CREW, which turned out to be the best work of that era.  SADE.TCM: I knew CEM 2, since 1979 when he was writing under the name "DUCE".  In my opinion,  he was over looked in history.  CEM pulled out so much work and didn't need to ride on any other writers coat tails to do it. In the beginning, when he was out there making a name for himself, the dude was bombing hard with his partner at the time, "BACK TC-5" (which is another cat (guy) who gets no love out there.




Top-to-Bottom done on the IRT's in the late 1970's.  MACKIE was a member of the writing  group RTW on the Broadway line, along with his writing partners ZEPHYR, VANDAL and RASTA.  MACKIE also went under the name HYPER.


LACE was very effective on the 6 and RR subway lines, in the 1980's. 

He partnered up with such writers as the original SASH, CAYA, BIND and RD.  This Top-to-Bottom was done on a RR train, in 1985.





SIE 1 was an original member of the RTW crew on the Broadway line, in the late 1970's and early 1980's.  BILROCK later took the RTW CREW all city and passed the group over to NE aka MIN 1.  He started a new chapter of RTW, in Brooklyn.


Top-to-Bottom wild styles is what Min 1 was very famous for, in the mid 1980's.  MIN and KEL joined artistic forces and later pulled off some of the best work seen on the Brooklyn lines, in the 1980's.






BIG 279 (aka SOE - X MEN)

SOE was a writer who took on so many names, and got up, with almost all of the names (following in the foot steps of  FUZZ ONE).  Some of his most famous names were MEE, SAMPLE, LINK2, BIG 279 and so many more.  Most of SOE's work was found on the number 7 line from 1982 - 1984.

SAK was a writer with very good style and displayed most of his work on the number 1 train, in the mid 1980's.  In the 1980's, the Broadway lines were subway lines that had some of the best art, running in the city.  Writers came from all parts of the city to do some of their best work on the Broadway number 1 line.  Many writers referred to it as the "FAME LINE".


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