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Original Member of  : The Public Animals (  The TPA Crew )

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Started :  1970's

Area : Jamaica Queens New York

Alias : OYE, OY, SUPER SPORT, SPORTY.

Writing Groups : TPA, TC, PAL, PIC, CITY, FAL,

 Lines Hit :   E's, F's, N's, GG's, J's, LL's, RR's, A's, D's, CC's, 1's, 2's, 5's, 7's

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1) Where  did you start writing and who were the first writers you saw on the Subways that inspired you to write?

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I STARTED WRITING IN 1976.WHEN I WAS IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL I HAD A TEACHER THAT TALKED ABOUT GRAFFITI AND GRAFFITI WRITER NAME TAKI 183. HE SHOWED THE CLASS THE BOOK  FAITH OF GRAFFITI, WHICH HAD TO BE THE FIRST BOOK TO TALK ABOUT GRAFFITI WRITING. HE WAS PASSING
 

 

 

 

 

 THE BOOK AROUND THE CLASS AND I SAW THESE UNIQUE NAMES INSIDE AND ALSO ON THE FRONT COVER. I WAS HOOKED VERY DAY.  THE FIRST TIME I WENT OUT AND TRIED TO READ THE NAMES ON THE SUBWAYS WAS NOT EASY, BUT AS TIME WENT ON I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND MANY OF THE STYLES

 

 

 

 

 

 WRITERS WERE USING. THE LINES I WATCHED EARLY ON WERE THE I.N.D'S. THE GUYS I CAN REMEMBER KILLING THAT LINE WERE WRITERS LIKE ... UNCLE JOHN 178 & TEAR 2,  JESTER 1 ( A/K/A DY167 ), DEAN  ( A/K/A LE A/K/A KO. ) OO.ONE, TRUE 2, IN (A/K/A KILL 3 A/K/A BI ), MOVIN 2 ( A/K/A TI 149 ) IZ THE WIZ,  ROTO  ( A/K/A EL 5 ), SNAK, PI 2 ( A/K/A FANE 2. ), KEVIN 97 ( A/K/A EX-1 ). I ALSO WATCHED THE EARLY 7 -LINE WRITERS LIKE ... ROGER , DOC 1, FLICK 1 - " THIS GUY HAD GREAT STYLE IN HIS DAY " )  CHINO 174, CANE 3, SON.ONE ( A/K/A THC1 A/K/A BP.9 ), FO 1, PRO 1, BIC 2, NET 1, WAVE 2, EL 1 - THE ORIGINAL ), EAST 1 ( A/K/A JY ),  SKY 2 ( A/K/A LO).... I CAN GO ON AND ON.

 

 

 

 

 2) How did you come up with the name TON  were you aware of TON 5 that wrote with TRACY 168 on the I.R.T's or did you have any beef with him?

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 BELIEVE IT THE NAME CAME UP IN SCHOOL. WHEN MY FRIEND VINNIE AKA FRAME3 SAID YOU SHOULD WRITE TON-1. I WAS NOT AWARE OF TON5 UNTIL I CAME ON SUBWAY OUTLAW HALL OF FAME A COUPLE OF MONTH AGO.  THERE WAS NO BEEF. HE'S TON 5 AND I'M TON.ONE. BUT PROPS TO THE ORIGINAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 3) Who were the first writers you met and can you remember your first experience hitting the Subways , where and who were you with?

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 THE FIRST WRITER WAS FRAME 3 IN NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL LITTLE THAT I KNEW JOEY TPA AKA RC AND FLAME 3 AKA FLAME-PIC WENT TO THE SAME SCHOOL AS ME. BUT FLAME 3 DID NOT WRITE THEN UNTIL LITTLE LATER. WE WERE IN THE SAME CLASS. BUT MY FIRST EXPERIENCE HITTING THE SUBWAY WAS WITH MY COUSIN

 

 

 

 

 

 HE WAS WRITING THE TAG NAME SOAP WE WENT TO THE 7 LINE LAYUP AT WILLARD POINT OVER THE BRIDGE. BUT WE GOT CAHT FOR SNEAKING OUT AT 3.AM IN THE MORING BY OUR PARENTS. HE DECIDED TO QUIT AFTER HIS PUNISHMENT. I KEPT WRITING.

 

 

 

 

 4) What Subway lines did you hit more when you started and who were some of the writers that were tiring the line up at the time?

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 IN THE BEGINNING I FOCUSED MORE OF MY ATTENTION ON THE I.N.D LINES MAINLY,  E's, F's, GG's  AND THE  N's . IT WAS KEVIN97 AKA EX-1 THAT WAS TEARING UP THE LINE AT THAT TIME. HE WAS ON EVERY CAR. JESTER 1 DY 167 WAS KILLING THOSE LINES HARD BACK THEM AS WELL AS  IZ THE WIZ AND A FEW OF HIS BOYS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5) Would you have any racking adventures you could share with us and could you tell us some of the writers you were with?

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RACKING STORIES?  I AND THE PEOPLE I WENT WITH WERE PRETTY WELL SKILLED RACKERS. WOW THE ONLY CRAZY STORY I HAVE HAPPENED WITH ME FUZZ ONE, BAN2 AND I THINK A FEW OTHER WRITERS  WERE WITH US  IN A WOOLWORTH OUT IN RIDGEWOOD QUEENS. A FEW OF US WERE ON OUR WAY OUT THE DOOR AND ONE OF THE WRITERS I WAS WITH  HAD CANS OF PAINT IN HIS SOCKS THAT SHIT MOVED AROUND AND THE STORE MANAGER HEAD IT AND YELLED, HEY! A FEW OF US RAN AND THE MANAGER GRABBED THE GUY WE WERE WITH AND SLAPPED HIM AROUND. NOT SAYING ANY NAMES BUT THAT'S WAS SOME FUNNY SHIT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 6) Can you tell us all the writing groups you were in, as well as who were the leaders of those groups and how did you get in?

 

 

 

WELL AT FIRST I STARTED BOMBING WITH OUT PUTTING ANY CREWS. THE FIRST CREW WAS TPA / CITY / TC. I THINK IT WAS ONE MORE. THE LEADER OF TPA WAS VADE - JOEY TPA- DEMO. CITY CREW'S LEADER WAS CEY. THE CREW ( T.C ) WAS JESTER GROUP. VADE PUT ME DOWN WITH TPA AND CEY PUT ME DOWN WITH CITY. AND THIS WAS COOL COMING FROM THE LAY UPS ON THE Es Fs DIRTY
 

 

 

 

 

 AS SHIT ME AND VADE GET ON THE TRAIN AND THIS TALL GUY WITH GLASSES SAID TO US WHAT DO YOU WRITE I SAID TON ONE & OY AND THIS IS VADE . AND HE SAID HE SEEN OUR NAMES UP. WE ASK WHAT DO YOU WRITE HE SAID JESTER THE CREW I SAID OH SHIT AND THAT'S HOW ME AND VADE GOT DOWN WITH THE CREW. AND HE SAID HE LIVES IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD ALL THIS TIME DAM. HE ALREADY HAD QUIT WRITING WHEN WE MEET HIM THAT WAS AROUND 1978-79.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 7)  The insides of the Subway are very over looked as well. Do you remember your approach to bombing them? Who were some of the writers you think had a very nice flair while hitting the insides and what writers do feel had the best had writing styles?

 

 

 

HELL YEA! I BOMBED THE INSIDE EVERY CHANCE I GOT I HAD A MINI AND PILOT MARKER  ALONG THE WAY. I ALSO USED SPRAY CANS IN THE INSIDE AS WELL I EVEN DID THROW UPS IN THE INSIDES. THE KEYS ME AND A COUPLE OF THE TPA CREW USE TO MAKE OUR OWN KEYS FROM SKELETON KEYS JUST FILE IT DOWN. BELIEVE IT OR NOT THOSE KEYS WORKED. THE WRITERS I FEEL WHO HAD NICE FLAIR BY FAR MY MAN VADE TPA WITH THE FAT UNI-WIDE TAGS AND  WAS KING OF THE INSIDES OF THE E'S, F'S, GG'S & N'S FOR A FEW YEARS. VADE FAVORITE SPOT WAS THE PANELS JUST BELOW THE ADVERTISEMENT POSTERS, BACK IN THE DAY WE CALLED IT THE HEAD LINE SPOTS.   HIS YOUNGER BROTHER WISE3 HAD A NICE STYLE HE HAD A CRAZY  S IN HIS TAS. AS FAR AS WRITING STYLES JESTER ,  ROTO, DEAN,  FUZZONE & FLAME3, BAN 2,, CEY CITY,  SCOP, EKO, SIR, CER ,JOEY TPA & DEMO TPA , EX~1,  PRO & SON.ONE ON THE 7 LINE ROGER SO MANY MORE IT WOULD TAKE ME MONTHS TO NAME EVERY BODY.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 8 )What are all the Subway lines you have hit over years and can you tell us all the Yards and lay ups you've been to?

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WELL I'VE HIT  THE 7's, E's & Fs GG's, N's, RR's, J's, LL's, D's, B's, M's 2's 1's. BUT MY MAIN LINE WAS THE Es & Fs. MY FAVORITE LAY UPS WAS AT SUPTHIN BLVD LAY UP , 75TH AVENUE LAY UP, 169TH STREET LAY UP AND VAN WYCK LAY UP. THE YARD I HIT WAS AT NEW LOTS FOR 2's AND 3's AND  FOR THE J's AT SUPTHIN ELEVATED LAY-UPS AT THAT TIME. OH YEA, I BOMBED THE  7-YARD  A COUPLE OF TIMES AND HIT THE 7- LAY UPS AT WILLET POINT AND MAIN STREET OVER THE BRIDGE, JUST WHEN IT WENT INTO THE TUNNEL.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 9 ) What are other names that you wrote over the years?

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 I wrote two other names, one being OYE or OY for short. I used them mainly for throw up's. I also wrote SPORT 1, SUPER SPORT, SPORTY SPORT. I did allot of nice SPORT pieces which I'd like to get my hands on some photos of them. Many of  us back in those days would use another name, for example guys in TPA had a few,  VADE wrote ORBIT and PHEW, DEMO wrote M-3 which he use to kill the buses in Jamaica with. JOEY wrote RC, CEY did allot of  NOTCH and WELSH pieces, FLAME had names like DEVINE and DREAM. FUZZONE had about a thousand it was hard to keep track what he was writing one day to the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 10 ) In the 1980's the art Gallery's began to open their doors to Subway writers to display their work. Did you ever get involved in the Gallery scene. If so could you tell us a little about it?

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 I never got involved with the Gallery scene, But VADE and I were the first two Queens writers to stumble across what was happing at the time. We were both in the west village and seen that ZEPHYR, CRASH, FUTURA and a few other were displaying their painting at art show or gallery. The place was full of people and the two of us were just bugged out on how much attention these writers were getting. Once we got home to

 

 

 

 

 

 Queens we both went looking for CEY. During the time CEY was getting real good with the art he was putting up on the Subways and was becoming one of the best members in the crew. Make a long story short CEY got over there and the rest is history.

 

 

11) The I.N.D lines are very over looked. Who were some of the biggest names you remember  bombing the line? 

 

 

 

  THE E's, F's, N's, GG's WERE OVER LOOKED AND THAT'S A SHAME. ALLOT OF GOOD STUFF WAS ON THOSE LINES.  IN MY ERA THE TOP WRITERS KILLING THE I.N.D'S WERE  KEVIN97 A/K/A  EX~1, FANE 2 A/K/A PI 2IZ THE WIZVINNYJESTER 1 A/K/A DY 167, UNCLE JOHN 178, TEAR 2, ROTO, SNAK AND THEN CAME QUIK, TOR, UN 1, NASTY NA, DEAL  PLUS MANY MORE . I WOULD CATCH ALLOT OF MY I.N.D TRAINS AT THE E & F YARD AND 175TH STREET LAY UP. I WOULD HIT THE B.M.T'S IN JAMAICA WHICH WERE THE J LAY UP'S. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 12 )  Would you have any raid or chase stories you could share with us, Where was it and did you get caught?

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I,VE NEVER BEEN RAIDED BUT HAVE BEEN CHASED TWICE. ONE TIME WITH VADE, SPLIT CITY, I WAS AT SUPTIN BLVD LAY UP AND SPLIT AND I WAS DOING THROW UPS ON THE SAME CAR AND VADE WAS TWO CARS DOWN FROM US. YOU STILL CAN SEE THE STATION SO I TOOK A LOOK AT THE STATION AND THERE WERE TWO GUYS COMING DOWN THE  LADDER AT THE END OF
 

 

 

 THE PLATFORM THEY DIDN'T EVEN LOOK TO SEE IF ANY BODY SAW THEM COMING DOWN THE LADDER SO I SAID TO SPLIT, " YO TWO GUYS ARE COMING DOWN THE LADDER AND HEADED OUR WAY."  SPLIT SAID THEY MIGHT BE WRITERS? " I SAID BULLSHIT I'M OUT OF HERE ". I CRAWLED UNDER THE TRAIN SPLIT WAS RIGHT BEHIND ME BUT VADE WAS STILL THERE IT WAS DARK NO TIME TO WARN HIM. SO SPLIT AND I CAME OUT A VAN WYCK STATION DIRTY AS SHIT AND WENT BACK TO SUPTIN BLVD WHILE WE WAS THERE WE BUMPED INTO A FEW OTHER WRITERS. THEY WERE NEW JACKS TAGING UP ON AND PLAYING THE BOOM BOX RADIO LOAD. SO SPLIT AND I WAS STANDING THERE I LOOK OVER AT THIS GUY COMING OUT THE TURN STILE WHITE GUY SLIM GRAY HAIR AVERAGE LOOKING GUY WALK BY... " ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS GUY SAID FREEZE"! I HAD A BRAND NEW UNI-WIDE AND THOSE NEW JACKS JUST TAGGED ON THE WALL. THERE WAS A TOKEN

  BOOTH THERE THE COP WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE SO I DITCH THE UNI-WIDE AND HEADED FOR THE STAIRS SPLIT AND I THE COP SAID IF YOU GO UP THE STAIRS JOE IS GOING TO GET YOU I SAID FUCK YOU AND JOE SURE ENOUGH JOE WAS UP THE FUCKING STEPS DAM PUT ME AND SPLIT.CITY IN CUFF,S.BUT CHECK THIS OUT THEY LET SPLIT GO AND KEPT MY ASS AND THE NEW JACKS.TOOK ME AND THE NEW JACKS TO ROOSEVELT STATION THEY HAD NOTHING ON ME THEY TOOK MY NAME AND LET ME GO .THEY KEPT THE NEW JACKS BECAUSE THEY HAD UNI-WIDE AND MINI PAINT.EVEN VADE GOT AWAY DAM I WENT BACK TO CHECK ON HIM. THAT,S SOME FUNNY SHIT.OH HAVE,NT SEEN SPLIT.CITY SINCE. I WONDER.

 

 

13 ) What writers from your era in your opinion do you feel are very over looked in History?

 

 

 

THERE ARE SO MANY WRITERS THAT DON'T GET THEIR PROPS. BUT TWO THAT COME TO MIND ARE SON AND PRO.  AFTER GUYS LIKE ROGER , CHINO 174, TRACY 168, VINNY, CAJESTER P-NUT 2, CLIFF AND VAMM  HAD QUIT . SON.ONE AND PRO.ONE TORE THAT NUMBER 7 LINE UP . I HAD A CLASS MATE WHO LIVED ON SON.ONE BLOCK . VADE AND I WORKED TOGETHER SO AFTER WORK WE  

 

 

 

 

 WOULD GO OVER TO  SON.ONE'S HOUSE AND PRO.ONE WOULD BE THERE AT TIMES. WELL SON.ONE PRETTY MUCH KEPT TO HIM SELF AND PRO  WAS ALWAYS ON THE MOVE. I SAW HIM ONE TIME RUNNING FROM CAR TO CAR LOOKING FOR HIS TAGS ON THE INSIDE OF THE CARS OR  MOTION TAGGING. I NEVER WENT HITTING WITH SON.ONE OR PRO. BUT THOSE GUYS HAD A PIECE ON EVERY SUBWAY

 

 

 

 

CAR THAT ROLLED BY ON THE NUMBER 7 LINE. BEFORE FUZZ CAME UP WITH F.A.L ( FREAKS AT LARGE ), SON AND PRO HAD P.A.L ( PARTNERS AT LARGE ), WHICH THEY HAD GUYS IN THE GROUP LIKE EAST / JY, SKY 2 / LO, CE, FO, ETC, ETC. I DID GO HITTING WITH OTHERS THAT WERE HITTING THAT LINE AS WELL LIKE SPLIT-CITY, FLAME 3JOEY TPA , DEMO-TPA AND FUZZ.ONE, BECAUSE THEY
  LIVED IN THE AREA . I THINK THOSE TWO GUYS NEED TO BE RECOGNIZED.  THEY DID ALLOT OF WORK ON THE 7 LINE THEY EVEN WENT TO THE  IND'S & IRT's TOO.  THEY WERE  BOTH PRETTY COOL GUYS.
 

 

 

 

 14 ) What high school did you go to and were they any other writers in your school who you were close to?

 

 

 

I WENT TO NEWTOWN H.S IN CORONA QUEENS. JOEY TPA AND FRANKY AKA FLAME 3 WERE IN THE SAME SCHOOL.
 

 

THEY WERE THE CLOSET WRITERS I HUNG OUT WITH IN THAT PLACE. JOEY AND I WERE REALLY TIGHT WHILE WE WERE IN SCHOOL TOGETHER, ON OCCASION WE WOULD OUR TRIPS OUT TO THE BRONX OR TO MANHATTAN TO MEET AND HANG OUT WITH OTHER WRITERS.  AFTER SCHOOL I WOULD ALSO MEET UP WITH VADE AND TAKE A TRIP TO ASTORIA AND HANG OUT WITH DEAN--BYB AND JAC-BIT

 

 

 

15) How did you meet FUZZ.ONE ? Could you tell us some of your adventures while bombing with him?

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 I MET FUZZ.ONE THRU CEY.CITY ME AND FUZZ HUNG OUT A LOT WE USE TO GO TO RACKING SPOTS AND BUSTELO SPOTS AND OTHER WRITER HOUSES IN THE BRONX UPS2 HOUSE IN BROOKLYN AND MANHATTAN WE USE TO CHECK OUT CHICKS ON OUR TRAVELS ALLOT. I WAS THERE THE DAY FUZZ CAME UP WITH THE CREW, F.A.L ( FREAKS AT LARGE ).SO ONE DAY WE WAS  SITTING IN HIS APARTMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 SMOKING WEED AND TAGGING IN A BLACK BOOK AND LOOKING THRU HIS PHOTO ALBUM OF PICTURE HE TOOK OF THE TRAIN. HE SAID "YO"... TON MY NEW CREW FREAKS AT LARGE I LOOK AT FUZZ LIKE HE HAD TO MUCH FUCKING WEED. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE PUT IN HIS BOOK BECAUSE I NEVER PURCHASED IT. BUT THAT'S HOW F.A.L BEGIN.

 

 

 

 

 

16 ) Could you tell us all the writers benches you have been to and what are your memories of those place as well as the people?
 
 

 

 

THE BENCH I WENT TO WAS AT 149ST. IT WAS ALWAYS CROWDED THERE WITH NEW JACKS AND VETERAN WRITERS. I REMEMBER JOEY AND I HAD A DISAGREEMENT ABOUT SOMETHING AND WE STARTED TO WRESTLE ON TOP OF THE BRIDGE WHILE THE TRAIN WAS RUNNING UNDER IT THAT WAS CRAZY AS HELL. THAN THE COPS CAME THAN WE STOPPED LIKE WE WASN'T DOING ANYTHING. LATER WE JOKED ABOUT IT EVEN TILL TODAY.

 

 

 

 

 

13) Could you tell us all the writers you have bombed with over those years and what writers were your best partners and why?
 

 

 

 I BOMBED WITH VADE ,WISE3, CEY-CITY, DEMO-TPA, JOEY TPA AKA RC, NASTY NA , 2KOOL, FUZZ.ONE, FLAME, NIKE TDS TMT, CER TPA, SPLIT-CITY, EZO, AND OF COURSE I WENT SOLO ALLOT. BUT MY PARTNERS WAS VADE AND JOEY-TPA BE CAUSE VADE AND I WORKED TOGETHER. JOEY TPA AND I WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER AND I DATED A GIRL IN JOEY NEIGHBORHOOD.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 14 ) Throw ups were the best way to get your name up quick. What is your opinion on throw ups and who were the guys with the best throw up's out there?

 

 

 

 

 THROW UPS? HELL YEA I LOVED DOING THROW UPS. YOU GET UP MORE AND COULD TAKE OVER A LINE IN A WEEK DOING THROW UP'S. SPEAKING OF THROW UPS RAB-CAC WAS A YOUNG KID WHO LIVED ON MY UNCLES BLOCK AND HE STARTED OFF DOING BURNERS.  I TOLD RAB THAT HE COULD GET UP MORE BY DOING THROW UP'S AND TAUGHT HIM A THROW UP STYLE. AND HE WENT ON

 

 

 

 

 

 TO DO ALLOT OF THEM. I DID A COUPLE OF BURNERS ON THE I.R.T LINE AND WHEN I DID SEE IT CAP. MPC HAD GONE OVER MINES AND VADE'S. I WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE SUCCESSFUL HITTING THE I.R.T'S BY DOING  THROW UPS.

 

 

 

 

 

 17) When was the last time you hit the trains and why?

 

 

 

THE LAST TIME I HIT THE TRAIN WAS 1983 WITH CER ONE-TPA IN THE D- YARD AND I QUIT BECAUSE I BECAME A FAMAILY.

 

 

 

 

 18) Would you have any closing words?

 

 

 

 MY CLOSING WORDS......I LIKE TO THANK SUBWAY OUTLAW.COM  I'D LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE WHOLE TPA FAMAIL, JOEY / RC, DEMO / M 3, WISE 3, PUBO, SPLIT-CITY, CEY, TE-BOP 169, FUZZ.ONE, KAP, SYE, EZO AND PW. AS WELL TO OTHER BROTHERS I WROTE WITH LIKE, EL 1, EAST/ JY, JAC-BYB, TEEN, NIKE-TDS, NASTY-NA, 2KOOL,RAB-CAC, OZZY, LM 444, AND TO ALL THE FALLEN SOLDIERS THAT BOMBED AND DID THEIR THING LIKE VADE-TPA, IZ THE WIZ, DEAN, FLAME 3, DONDI AND CER.ONE- TPA.  MAY YOU ALL REST IN PEACE. TON.ONE AKA OY AKA SPORT.ONE.   I'M OUT!!!!!!!!           

 

 

 

 

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We would like to thank RAB for making this interview possible, Photo credits go to TON 1, RAB, PW, JOEY-TPA, FUZZ ONE, PETER CARMEN, BLADE 1 and the team at Subwayoutlaws.com.  Looks for Bio's of other members of The TPA Crew  in the near future.  For more on the THE PUBLIC ANIMALS check out http://www.sl-9.com Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Copyright Subway outlaws.com 2003. Should any one have photos of TON.ONE's work, Please contact us at MESSAGE@SUBWAYOUTLAWS.COM