name is Keith Baugh. I am a painter and photographer from England. I
exhibit regularly - recently ( September 2009 ) at the Chelsea Arts
Club, London. I was inspired by American popular culture with an
ongoing series of painting on the theme of classic 1950's cars,
billboards and roadside ephemera, Jazz, Blues and Rock and roll
portraits with more recent shows of circus women performers. My iconic
periodicals and are available through " GETTY images".
Arriving in the USA in
the summer of 1973 on vacation, I remember taking the Subway into
Manhattan after arriving at JFK. I observed a painted flash of color
on the train exterior before boarding what must have been one of the
earliest total wrecked Graffiti-hit carriages on the New York system.
( I recall the words STONEY-DICE ). The interior of the carriage was
carpet-bombed with broad black magic-marker tags covering every
possible surface with the view from the windows totally obliterated
from the outside by spray paint. From the speakers of a Ghetto-blaster
carried on carried on the shoulder of a young dude across the
carriage, Bob Dylan howled that.. "something is happening here and
you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones? For mw, this was a very
potent and intriguing welcome to New York City and these incredible,
creative spray can paintings on the Subway cars had an immediate and
powerful impact, one that I wanted to capture on film.
From the elevated
tracks in Harlem and the South Bronx, I photographed some of the very
early pieces of New York Subway Graffiti. The photos included tags and
masterpieces by over 150 of pioneers New York writers including
STAFF 161, CLIFF 159, RIFF 170 ( / WORM 161/ CASH / CRUNCH), PRIEST
167, AJ 161 ( ALL JIVE 161 ), PHASE 2, TRACY 168, LAVA 1& 2 ( STRAIGHT
MAN ), JIVE 3, DOC COOL, LIL HAWK 149, STAY HIGH 149, SUPER STRUT-TASS,
KOOL KEVIN, STEP 1, PJ 109, SKI 168, DIZZY 1, SPENCER 1, LEFTY 139,
KING 2, SILVER TIPS, COMET 1, HONDO 1, MICO, SWEET CRUZ, KILLER 1,
STIM 1, MR AL 1, NOVA 1, ROD 1, COMET 161, KIT 161, COST 170, DEATH (
ROX ), CRACHEE 11, BLADE 1, VAMM, PEACE 108, JOHN 150, ROACH, DON
101, BILLY 167, NOVA 1, LIL JUDGE, CHICO, RUBEN, JESTER ( DYE 167 ),
IN ( KILL 3) and BEN 167. Are some the early bombers of the
golden era. Others include TON 5, ALE 1, TAV 1, KT 3, POT 1,
MONO TF-5, OZ 109, SO-FIVE, CAST, SPIKE 202, BOC ( PADRE 2 ), SLIP 3,
OH 222 ( AIM-SSB ), GAME 5, HYSEN and DEFIE. Early New York
Subway Graffiti 1973 -1975. Photographs from Harlem, South Bronx,
Times Square and Coney Island. Order your hard cover book and receive
a signed copies with worldwide free postage available at www.KeithBaugh.com
Reviews from the Old School on Keith Baugh's book
1: This book displays photographs of pieces from the original writing
generation. Writers were still in the experimental process just making
things up as they went along. Once the 80's writers came every thing was
pretty much laid out for them . the above piece was done with Cliff 159.
We both did several. In my book you can see a few never before seen photos
King Of Kings
SLAVE -TF5 : Ben167 was a writer with great style. Very
over looked in the writing game. Its great to hear allot of the writers from the
Old School are getting the attention they deserve. Look forward to my bio I'm
doing with Subway Outlaws. It's time " THE FABULOUS FIVE " as a crew to get
their props! Click on - www.at149st.com/tf5.html
1 : Many of my pieces were done just like the piece on the far corner. Its
too bad the complete piece was cut off from this photo. I did this on a
night bombing with KING KOOL 156, the RIFF piece was there once I arrived.
RIFF was ahead of his time. This a great book.
Check out our interview
with the great RIFF 170
TOPAZ 1 : Its great to see many of the photographers caught
allot of the Member of TED-INC ( The Ebony Dukes ). Writers like AJ 161, DR.B,
STAFF 161, DICE 121 etc, etc. This shows how strong our presences was on the
subways in the early era. This book is a must see.
out our interview with STAFF. 161 -
Ted-Inc ( The Ebony Dukes )
BILROCK 161 / SAGE : I thought I'd never see a ROD 1
pieces ever again. ROD 1 use to kill the 1's and 3's with CLIFF 159. When
I was just starting out ROD and CLIFF would come hang out at N.O.G.A. ROD
use to dress up like Ron O'neal from the film Super Fly. Not
many people remember ROD 1 because he wrote for only two years, but with
in only two years the guy bombed!
Would like to thank you Keith
Baugh for shareing some of his images with Subway Outlaws.com. Look for
Interviews with BilRock 161, Slave TF-5, Comet 1, Rub 5, Fane2, Aim-ssb, Checker
170, Tean 5, Fritz-Tc5, Delfonics 1, Uncle John 178 and Blade in the near future.
Look for Blade's new book
King Of Kings, and Many up coming books
in the near future. ALL
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