by Sara Fusco, at Dec. 19, 2011, 4:06 p.m.
Title: BLADE versus LEE
Graffiti Writer 1: BLADE I
Graffiti Writer 2: LEE
Memory: BLADE: "For me what helped build the whole-car thing was that this kid LEE came along--I would guess middle seventies--and he would do these tremendous whole-cars! That guy was on my nerves. What a great incentive for me. I'd see a car he did and I'd say, "Now I'm gonna do a double whole-car!" That actually was one of the people that kept me going. CLIFF's stuff was nice--the characters Beetle Baileys and Broom-Hildas--but when LEE did it, he perfected it. He's taking the same concepts from myself, CLIFF, and a lot of the original people; and of course, you're improving on it 'cause you're the next younger guy coming, and that would give me the motivation to do more."
LEE: "I think what started that whole rhythm was BLADE was a little touched by people feeling about me, "Who the fuck is this dude?" I didn't come and make a big verbal splash at 149th Street; I just came to do. All I was, was a kid from downtown determined to make his mark uptown so I could be all around town.
Citation: Felisbret, E. (2009). Graffiti New York (pp. 20-21). New York: Abrams.