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TAKI 183 THE MAN WHO CREATED THE NYC SUBWAY GRAFFITI CULTURE! Graffiti writers and street artists around the world know the name that started it all: TAKI 183. A kid from 183rd Street in Washington Heights in northern Manhattan, TAKI's simple signature captured the attention of a reporter and, in the summer of 1971, an article appeared in The New York Times. TAKI was the first New Yorker to become famous for writing graffiti.In the summer of 1969, Demetrius was bored. He lived uptown, north of Harlem, in a neighborhood full of Greek kids, like himself, and also a growing population of Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. The Savage Nomads gang was headquartered a block away, but they didn't bother the locals. One afternoon that summer, Demetrius' friend Phil wandered down to 183rd and had some news for Demetrius and his friend Greg. A kid in Inwood, 20 blocks north, was writing his name and street number: JULIO 204. Demetrius and Greg thought that was pretty cool. They all started to write their names. Demetrius wrote'TAKI,' a diminutive for a number of Greek names, and his street number.
In the fall of 1970, TAKI went to high school in Midtown Manhattan, taking the 1 train down and back. Along the way, he wrote TAKI 183 on the subway stations and anywhere else he thought was a good spot.He had seen the election posters and stickers plastered around the city in 1968, and again in 1970, and emulated their campaign tactics. It was probably one of these tags on the Upper East Side that caught the eye of the New York Times reporter, who tracked TAKI down near his home. On July 21, 1971, TAKI's fate was sealed: "TAKI 183 Spawns Pen Pals, " read the headline of the Times article.
Just like that, TAKI 183 became the father of contemporary graffiti. His legend grew, and rumors spread that TAKI even tagged a Secret Service car and the Statue of Liberty.
Now in 2019 TAKI 183's art is highly collectible. We present to you his authentic art direct from his studio. The item "TAKI 183 NEW YORK GRAFFITI PAINTED NYC SUBWAY MAP SEEN MUST SEE" is in sale since Friday, August 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Mixed Media Art & Collage Art".The seller is "graffstar" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.