Started ; 1970's
Area ; Hollis Queens N.Y
Alias ; LIN or ( LINWOOD ), QK, KWIK
Writing Groups ; RTW, TMB, 3YB, POG, TVS, TSS, TK
Main Lines ; E's, F's, EE's, GG's, N's, CC's, A's, HH, K's, RR's, 7's,
Lines Hit ; E's, F's, GG's, RR's, M's, LL's, J's, B's, D's, 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's
T------------HE ALL CITY SUBWAY LEGEND
I started writing in the early part of the 70’s. I began tagging the E, F, GG, HH, J and K line with my friends Daniel Maxwell, ( SALWEEN-I ) and Craig Wynn, (COOL COUNT ) and Another friend, Harold Thorpe used to look out for me while motion tagging, but we were all big toys then. Before then I hit up my name on the streets of Hollis Queens next to gangs like the BLACK SPADES and the APACHES. I thought the gang style
on two separate occasions. Before then I had done some street tagging and motion bombing with Dri- Marks and Testors paint which I manipulated my dad into buying them, pretending I was going to spray paint my model boats and airplanes. I lived near the Queens/Nassau County border, so actually my first train was that of an LIRR train layed up in The Belmont Park yard. It’s a funny story how I found the name QUIK. I was detained and taken to a barred house of detention by an Officer Smitty a notorious bulldog- looking transit patrolman in 1973. He knew all about the writers, we were just kids and he was the big cat in the game. I would see Officer Smitty riding home from school, and I'd notice him always looking at my hands to see if they were covered in ink or paint. Smitty was keen, and knew our names. I can't remember the details, but when I changed my name to QUIK (to "fool" Smitty) in 1974 the writer SKATE was the
policeman's favorite bomber! I recall as early as 1972, STOP 700 and SPIN having done unfinished filled in (no outlines) Top to Bottoms on the 75th Ave walls! I thought that was radical, and later UNCLE JOHN 178 would repeat that feat on the 67th Ave. walls with 3 colors in a T-2-B version of a wild style.I would keep a note pad of names as I rode the trains to school in Manhattan, and when my lil'book was full....I was thinkin', "Damn, something going on here! And, I'm a part of it!"
1, GUMBE / TOKE / STUN 1, JINX 2, STAFF161, Savage, Killer, AJ 161, , MOSES 147, B-ONE, ZIBRA 139, HERB 99, A-TRAIN, JESTER, FLINT 707, TRACY 168, BLADE, COMET, CLYDE, FlINT..., TRUE2, CLIFF, TJ 159, EARL/SHASTA 62, PEACE 108, LSD 3/om, MOVIN 2, TEE, STIM, ALI, FUTURA 2000, SAL 161, DEFIE, AFX 2, AT, ODD, CADD/OO One, DANGER 59, COKE 67, PINTO / DP 2, UNCLE JOHN 178, WHY-DO, RHINO, All 1, LIL SOUL- EXP 159, ROGER, CHINO 174, IN,VINNY, CA / CAPTAIN AMERICA, KROME 100, TEAR 2, DOC-STAMM, QUANG, FINE 99, , P-NUT 2, KING 2, CHICAGO, RC, , DIABLO 1, , TEAM, LP, SHORTY 13, IZ THE WIZ, DUKE 9, DEO, MASTER 1, SLY
108, AZTEC, SON ONE & PRO… and so many others were rocking the subways with their art. Naturally IN and JESTER are my favorite writers...ever! Fuckin 'period! It’s only my opinion, but IN was the ultimate bomber. He did the first whole train, not CAINE 1 and crew or the Fab 5! I saw it, 1975!!! Jestser had a style and flair comparable to none, and he was an all city king blowing everyone away, even when VINNY and IZ
singular competition I after 1979 was by
Fred 14, FABULOUS TROY, FABULOUS SONO, L7, PEO ,
AT and DEMO. When BILROCK, HUGHIE, FUZZ ONE, and REVOLT hit the lines wih
a new style and flair in 1979 had to step up my game! These guys bombed
BIG, and with clarity. Although I was dominant, my cheesy throw up were thin and
near invisible next to writers like those other guys.
when it comes to being a true king. I rarely speak on steeling paint, because I feel It perpetuate the cultural abhorrence of "thieving graffiti writing urchins". I could speak of positive things about the Graff culture, for example how it raised the Black and Hispanic American man to the level of being international artists! Or we could discuss the aspects of this world wide movement of so-called graffiti and the association with hip hop; this all was instigated with fantastic momentum from the Black and Hispanic communities of NYC. Racking......Oh boy, stimulating ...Not!...Once I jumped off the roof parking lot at a $#@%^&* store out in Long Island; blinding going off into space like a ski long jumper. I could've broke my legs and shattered my ankles for life. When dashing away down on the ground, I looked back at the guard up on the roof. His face was paralyzed with shock and amazement over my leap!