DINO-NOD and LSD 3 / OM
KITO was a Brooklyn writer with a very unique style of writing. KOOL KITO
wrote in the early 70's with SLIM 1, HANS 1 ( EL SANTOS ), MR ED 131,
SPUTNIK and DICE 121. His hand writing had a flow, that was hard to read
by many . Many early Brooklyn writers displayed a elaborate, free flowing
style of writing which was all their own. In the early 70's writers could
look at a single hit ( tag ) on a wall and recognize what part of the
City they are from. Very respected early Brooklyn signatures were SCOOTER,
LA-ZAR, SLIM 1 and SPIN 1.
The Group began in the early 70's under the leadership of DINO-NOD
and WG ( WICKED GARY. ) The EX/VANDALS stood for EXPERIENCE VANDALS. They were
the first and only writing group of the early era. Although some have claim THE
VANGUARDS were a little before them. But the VANGUARDS in the beginning seldom
hit up there names and were mainly a fighting group. The EX/ VANDALS main
purpose was getting up, but did travel in large groups, they wore colors which
confused many fighting gangs. PHASE 2 would become the Bronx prez and keep the
EX VANDALS the top Group in the Bronx.
SPEAR 1 : DINO-nod was head of his time.
Putting together the EX/VANDALS changed the course of writing for many
years. " May He Rest IN Peace".
COMET 1 : When you think of a writer with a great hand writing style ...
you think of LA-ZAR. That guy could write his ass off. There were others,
like SCOOTER, SPIN & MICO, But LA-ZAR's tags were the best.
DEGREES's early single hit. Brooklyn
W.A.R ( WRITERS ARE RESPECTED .)
WAR was one of Brooklyn all time elite groups in
the 70's. The crew would take up members in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. The
group was put together by WG ( WICKED GARY ) and LA-ZAR.
KOOL KITO : In the
early 70's we never referred to getting your name around as bombing, we called
it hitting. You had two different types of writers back then, above and below
ground writers. You had guys that hit mainly the Subways and you had guys that
only hit the streets and Buses, then there were guys that did both. Guys like
DEGREES, APP-SUPER HOG, FLOWERS DICE, LIL APP, CANEGO 1, SPUTNICK, THE ASSASSIN,
DINO DON, TALOR 1, NA-MIT 1, MANTA were guys that could be seen all over the
streets and buses at the time. They did do some trains but are more well known
for what they did above ground.
WG : WICKED WESLEY would sometimes just wrote
WICKED for short. He was one of the original members of the EX: VANDALS.
MANTA & THE BOSS
SPEAR : Growing up in
Brooklyn his name was every where. MANTA was all over Brooklyn and always
through up the EX:VANDALS.
KOOL KITO: I enjoyed
hitting up my name as went from one place to the other. There was such freedom
in it. It made you feel alive. I would some times cut school and see who was
getting up around Brooklyn, seeing who had the most unique way of writing there
name and finding place s to boost my ink or paint. SLIM 1 was
knowledgeable on what was happing in the writing world and put me on the newest
things happening. There were guys popping out with new names every week, some of
the memorable names I can still remember were ...
THE ASSASSIN ( Use to kill the buses
), RED HOT, ACE 2, BLACK SNAKE, SATAN, KOOL SPADE 175, SOULFUL SONNY, MR
LEE, BIG TIME TOP-CAT, MR SMOOTH, IMPOSSIBLE DUCE, MAD DOG 117, KING KAT, SIR
KNIGHT, COOL CAT, WAP, BLACK SATAN and CZAR 3. These names got around and still
stay fresh in my memory.
SPEAR : I was just
young kid when the EX: VANDALS hung out in my neighborhood and did not realize
how important they were then until now. I'm very lucky to have started at such a
young age. I hanging around LA SABRE, SIN 161, VAN 1, LIL DIP and getting to met
the great DINO-NOD was an honor. Shortly I would meet HONDO and he would take me
under his wing and take me along to rack up paint. There were two HONDO's
writing in the 70's, one in the Bronx and another in Brooklyn. The one I knew
was the Brooklyn writer who hit the LL's, J's, M's etc and was up on the
Chocolate trains. Funny thing is that the HONDO from the Bronx eventually come
down to the BMT's and killed them. He did PIT 163 pieces that looked nice. I'm
not sure if the two were aware of each other or met one another?