PRINT March 1994


I REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN a subway train illegally painted by Lee Quinones would roll into a station and the people on the platform would spontaneously applaud. I remember artists like Lee, Zephyr, Futura 2000, Lady Pink, Crash, Daze, SAMO© (aka Jean-Michel Basquiat), and Keith Haring putting art out on the street for free. But graffiti isn’t what it used to be. Style is all but gone, and this outlaw practice, once a field of ambition, daring, rebellion, and improvisation, has largely reverted to a form of unconscious egoism and conformist vandalism.

There are still a few sparks of unauthorized public art out there, though.

I think I might have noticed Cost and Revs at the beginning of their careers—I remember seeing some of those conventioneer stickers that say “Hello My Name Is” around town with their tags markered on. But I didn’t really latch on to them. I really noticed them a year or

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