I started in the early 70’s in Jackson heights. My first look at graffiti was on a trip over to the Bronx where I would see “ EL MARKO 174, Snake 1, Stitch 1, Flint , Phase 2, Staff 161 “ tags all over the walls and trains. After my trip, I picked up a dry marker and started to write my name all over my neighborhood in Queens. Thereby, also beginning my competition with BOBBY 85. The first writers I would meet in those years were KENDO and LIL CHAIN 1 with whom I went to school with. We would write on every thing in site, Buses, Walls ,Trucks, Vans and anything else we could find . It was in Newtown High School where I would take writing more seriously than before and would meet writers like JAZZ PR 1&2, and Chino174 ( Who were originally from the Bronx) and wanted get up just as much as myself.
greatest experience was the night that we did the Freedom Train in 1976. It was
the bicentennial year so CAINE1
came over to my house with an idea. He wanted to do something that no one had
ever done before. He would tell me that this guy SPEEDY who was about 30 years
old then, Had gotten a hold of a lot of paint (about 300 cans) and they wanted
to do something big to commemorate the bi-centennial and since CHINO and I were
the kings of the line we were invited. That night CAINE1, CHINO174, DOC1,
MAD102, SPEEDY, TAGE1 and I threw the bags of cans in my mothers station wagon,
then took off to the 7 yard where I parked the car right across the yard in
Flushing Meadow park. We went to our meeting spot and hooked up with all the
other writers that wanted to get down with us and we entered the yard at about
11:00 PM and spent the rest of the night in there until about 6:00 AM painting.
I did a top to bottom, side to side ROGER then a STICK3. We painted every single
car on the whole train with top to bottoms, side to side pieces without leaving
a square inch of unpainted surface on either side of every wagon. We even
painted the interior sides of the windows to match the exterior, so that when
they buffed down the trains to clean the windows they were still painted on the
inside. SPEEDY would put it all on film and still has it to this day. However,
that train was not put into service the next day, it was broken up taken to be
stopped writing by 1977 due to the heaving buffing they were doing that year and
the introduction of the coatings that were being applied to the exterior of the
trains which prevented the spray paint from adhering to the surface of the
trains. I made a quick come back in early 1978 with my former partner CHINO just
for old times sake. By then the security at the yards had change quite a bit
they had installed double layers of fences with a path in between them for guard
dogs. Life went on and the risk of going to jail for writing just didn't add up
so I hanged up my uniwide, mini, pilot and of course the red devil and krylon
cans that had given me so much pleasure in the competition for recognition of
your tag and pieces and not to forget all those days spent running thru the
tunnels looking for lay-ups. I would like to give a big shout out to all my old
school and writing partners, CHINO174, STAR3, LUCKY2, LIL CHAIN1, LIL CROSS1,
KENDO, DOC1, SLY65 - RIP, STITCH3, CHOO -CHOO1, MOVE1, LSD3, SAVA1, PANCHY136 -
RIP, SIN3/SINO, STEP2, BOBBY85, JAZZ PR1&2, CAINE1 - RIP, MAD1O2 - RIP,
TAGE1 , FLASH161, CANE3 And also to all the old timers that have survived the
last 25 - 30 years.
Peace ~~~~~ ~~~~~~ ROGER TR !
Peace ~~~~~ ~~~~~~ ROGER TR !