Wild Style® writing
was developed as a language - a cultural
statement - and its home was the Bronx. To TRACY
168, one of the inner-city writers who
created this genre of art, its meaning goes deep:
is what you do in your life.
do it to the best of your ability.
you're not the best,
then find your purpose and be the best at that.
you're an artist, postal carrier,
plumber or salesman, just be the best.
Eventually, TRACY 168
became bored by spray painting trains as he felt
he had no competition. He turned to painting wall
murals in 1978 and his first paid assignment was
the side of French Charlys Bar on Webster Avenue
in the Bronx.
Regarding memorial walls for victims
of urban violence, for which he is "artist
of record" on many, he knows it is only a
matter of time before there is another mural to
be painted and another mother crying. "Like
they said in the bible," he was recently
quoted, "The dead will walk the earth.
Sometimes I wonder if it started happening. The
buildings are starting to look like tombs, and
the people on crack are the walking dead."
His murals quickly became recognized
for their individuality because of his need to
give back to the community. He would ask people
for their ideas and he would plan his mural so
that it would have some message of guidance. For
the kids, a positive message - no violence, no
110 FT. MURAL Commissioned by
192nd ST. & GRAND CONCOURSE
It's time to start concentrating on
the lighter, brighter side of mural painting. TRACY
168 feels his current work, which
includes many cartoons, put people in a better
frame of mind, and brings them to a better place.
Many of his current pieces are commissioned by
businesses who want to appeal to the locals and
they have found his new approach to be vibrant,
alive, colorful and playful. In TRACY 168's
words, "this art form is what jazz is to
music. A moment in time captured with the flair
of the street people, most of all, alive!"
Commissioned by Dolan's Auto Parts
For TRACY 168,
graffiti wasn't just rebellion or a gimmick to be
heard in a society where you felt nobody really
seemed to care--it meant creating something
visual, with beautiful colors, to capture the
city's audience in a medium never before
used--the side of a NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY CAR.
"No media propoganda, no
manipulating political intervention. It came from
the hearts of its people. Us. We the people...the
tail doesn't wag the dog, the dog wags the tail.
The first time in history that what a citizen
says isn't edited, changed, nor taken out of
context. Thank ´GOD´ for this Art Form.
And My talent, to be able to be part of
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