Naturally the subway was the ideal vehicle for names to travel far and wide. And as the competition grew, so too did the style of writing. Throughout the 1970's and into the 1980's, there was a lightning-paced evolution in style -- from stick letters, to bubble letters, to 3D lettering, to comic characters, to wild style abstractions of lettering, to masterpieces that would take up whole cars and even whole trains.
The subway was an inspirational moving canvas, a mass communications tool, used to show off to writers from the Bronx to Brooklyn to Queens the latest innovation in graffiti style.
This project not only attempts to share a glimpse of where this innovation was happening, but also to reflect the tradition of storytelling -- and even exaggeration -- within graffiti writers' communities that shaped graffiti's development.