by Sara Fusco, at Dec. 19, 2011, 1:33 a.m.
Title: A Whole Bunch of Toys Running. . . Just to Ask Me to Sign Their Black Books
Graffiti Writer 1: STAY HIGH 149
Train Yard, Layup or Station 1: 149th Street Grand Concourse
Memory: "My first true writing partner was DEAD LEG 167. Wherever you saw my name, you saw his name. We did a lot of subway bombing together, and still, to this day, he’s my right-hand man. Being that I lived on 149th street, I hung out at a “Writers Bench” on Grand Concourse and met tons of writers there; cats like, STAFF 161, AJ 161 ( ALL JIVE 161 ), PEARL 149 , PHASE 2, COOL JEFF, TOP CAT 126, T-REX 131, BUG 170, EL MARKO 174, TABU 1 and many others."
"I bombed so much that I slept, ate and bled Graffiti. I became an addict for it every night, painting in a train yard, lay up or some place in the city. The biggest high however, was seeing it run all through the city. There was nothing like it! I was up on the trains so much that the heat was coming down on me; the vandal cops found out who I was, so I needed to find an alias. Being that I was from the ghetto and wanted to be a voice of the people, I came up with the name, VOICE OF THE GHETTO. I used to hit the inside of the trains with three tone uni-wide markers, and then hit the outside of the trains."
"The attention became so over whelming. I remember getting off the train at 149th Street, Grand Concourse and seeing a whole bunch of toys running over the bridge to the uptown side, just to ask me to sign their black books. Eventually, I got bored with it! I moved on to other things and just stayed away from that lifestyle."
Subway Outlaws. Interview with STAY HIGH 149. Retrieved from http://subwayoutlaws.com/Interviews/STAY%20HIGH%20149%20INTERVIEW%202.htm.
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