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       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 into 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.  Outside 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 outside 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 1980'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:




Top-to-Bottom, whole-car done on the number 4 line in 1981.  Mitch 77 was the super king of the number 4 line, once Tracy 168 retired, and started the writing group, the LATIN ARTIST.




Classic Top-to-Bottom from the book, Subway Art. DONDI influenced the styles of many Brooklyn writers, in the early and mid 1980's.


DEZZY DEZ controlled the number 3 train line, in 1982, with his partner SKEME. DEZ was a very strong artistic force in the early 1980's and  pulled off many straight-letter, Top-to-Bottoms in his day.





MAD and PJAY...

done by SEEN on the 6 line, in 1982.  SEEN was the leading artistic force of the UA writing group, whose work was always very neat and sort of reminiscent of LEE's earlier works.


PARTY PAZE (a.k.a. ERNI) and FOME Top-to-Bottom done on the M line, in 1982.


KNOW Top-to-Bottom, done by WANE COD on the B line, in 1988.  He also wrote HIM, and with that name produced many Top to bottoms.


COPE Top-to-Bottom done by Cope 2, a writer who bombed all-city and was one of the all time kings of bombing.



Top-to-Bottom done by VEN on the double L's, in the late 1980's.  On the left hand side, you can see a Top-to-Bottom character done by REAS.  Photo taken

in Brooklyn, New York.


PJAY and  7-UP (a.k.a. MITCH 77)


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