( DYNAMITE PINTO.)
STARTED : 1974
AREA : BROOKLYN, N.Y.
WRITING GROUPS : MOG , BGA, 3YB, NCB, TOP
MAIN LINES : LL's, J's, RR's, B's and D's Trains lines
ALIAS : DP 2 - ( DYNAMITE PINTO ), RI.
I started writing graffiti in early 1974. During that time, I just wrote my name on the walls where I went to school. I didn’t think much of it and I didn’t even care about what I did. My cousin used to
and RR's trains, near my home, in Brooklyn, the biggest names on those subway lines were BROTHER LOVE 333 and ABC 3, SUPER STRUT, CLIFF 159 and TRACY 168. These writers were ahead of
popular thing back then. We later found better places to rack up our paint, went back, and did quick pieces. They were not great looking, but we were proud of our work at the time. Goya was the most
spot where he would do most of his damage. He would take us along with him and he would bomb the place. We would not see each other for hours until we were ready to hit the inside of the train. I
in those days. I remember getting caught by the police with DANGER at one
of these Brooklyn Lay ups near where he lived. The police did not care if they
had me or not. Who they really wanted was “Danger”. Not only was he known for
vandalizing the trains, but for painting these big DANGER 59 pieces on
the train stations and tunnels. Near the end of my career, (When, what year?) I
hooked up with HURST (aka OI ) from the famous writing group
" TOP ".
He dated my sister and we started becoming friends. He became one of my most
effective writing partners. With him, I took my first trip to the IRT lines, but
we both mainly stayed on the BMT lines together.
crossed out a lot of their pieces for that reason. I would occasionally write over there work (PINTO OUR GOD) A few days later I received a call from one member of the P.O.G crew who wrote AIM (aka AVE 1). He was very disrespectful to me on the phone, so I threatened to take care of the matters in person and he backed off. Once I showed up right in his face at metropolitan avenue... he copped a plea, you had a lot of cats like that back then. I had a little trouble with IN (aka KILL 3) when he was first bombing the “J” line. He wrote KING next to his name and this pissed me off. I crossed him out for that reason... ( You see I was the king of the J - line at the time). But no animosity ever came of it because HURST (aka OI ) squashed the beef we had and we continued to bomb with each other. After
into the insides of the trains and did throw ups in the insides... " we just killed shit that day. I wrote with a few others like ROTO and SNAK, who showed up around my block, just walking around the area asking people did they know me. The funny shit was that I was hanging out in front of
the original, STAFF 161 )
were two cousins I would hit the trains with until they turned on me. I hid
their paint out in my crib and NACO stressed me out about giving
him his paint right away. STAFF got a little sneaky and
grabbed my legs from behind me which caused me to fall face first. I stabbed
STAFF in the side of his back with a big safety pin. The funny
shit was that we squashed our beef with one another and continue to all write
together the next week. I kept writing until 1977. This was the last time I hit the trains at
the pull-ins and pull-outs in Brooklyn. I was with HURST at the time. I got
tired of the late night missions to the lay ups as well as the task of looking
for paint. HURST
I never thought much about the whole graffiti scene until a friend showed me an
issue of O.U.I. ( a men’s adult magazine). It was an old issue from 1977 which
had a photo of my work, on a whole train car, in it. It read “DYNAMITE
PINTO EXPRESS” in a ribbon style that I was famous for around
Brooklyn at the time. I wish I could find that magazine. It bugged me out.
Another experience that made me reflect was when I saw the movie “ The
Warriors”. In the beginning of the movie a train pulls in, and on it was my
piece on a whole car… some newer writers had written over it. It was a shame.
After that I never cared much about the whole thing until twenty years later,
when I heard from my cousin in Puerto Rico. He informed me that DANGER 59 was
looking for me, to have his partner interview
me for their website. It was great to speak with DANGER again after 30 years.
© Photos supplied by
CASUAL 1, MR ICE, DANGER 59, FARGO 1 and COSA 1.
Should any one have photos of PINTO's work please contact us at MESSAGE@SUBWAYOUTLAWS.COM . We would like to thank DANGER 59 and TERO for making this interview Possible.