Graf Porn: Historic Mural Uncovered in SoHo Loft

 

I can’t even remember the last time I used the ‘Graf‘ category on this site, but I had to post this. I know the majority of rap fans nowadays could care less about anything related to grafitti, but this is the type of shit that floats my boat.

A large mural that was created by some of graffiti’s earliest pioneers was discovered recently in a 10-story limestone building just as developers were converting it into luxury condominiums.

The artwork contains a variety of images and writing executed in spray paint, grease pencil, magic marker and whatever else was at hand – in silver, gold, pink and red. There are cartoonlike pictures of a bomber airplane, images of a heart and a cake, and several references to Quaaludes, a popular 1970s party drug.

…Fab 5 Freddy and Futura 2000 – who helped pioneer graffiti as an art form by spray-painting entire subway trains in psychedelic colours – figure prominently on the wall. There’s also writing believed to belong to Jean Michel Basquiat. The stylistic words "Dead or Alive" strongly suggest that it is the late artist’s work. His tag, "SAMO," appears in the stairwell of the building. 

That’s fucking dope. So now they peeled the whole damn thing off of the wall and it’s going to be featured at the Wild Style Exhibit graffiti retrospective that starts tomorrow and runs through February 15.


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29 Responses to “Graf Porn: Historic Mural Uncovered in SoHo Loft”

  1. plug Says:

    hip hop cops Says:

    December 12th, 2007 at 6:48 pm
    icon died? holy fuck
    ——–
    whatchatalkbout?

  2. Belize Says:

    fab’s plane is gangsta!

  3. Roc Says:

    Hope this doesnt sound sarcastic but where is grafitti popular and with what demographic. Just honestly wondering. Im 22 and live in the Midwest, definitely dont see or hear anything about it.

  4. I Fux Says:

    No Belize he didnt get hurt again…I just said too bad he got hurt…….Yo I am a Ghost stan, nothing you can tell me will change my mind on His Music, You could say he took a picture with Dildoes and I wouldnt care cause all I care about is Music and not how real these Rappers are. But Im on my way OUt PEACE Ya’ll

  5. hip hop cops Says:

    >whatchatalkbout?

    ike = icon = joke joke joke

    comedy ain’t for me i guess

    back to writing porn

  6. Enigmatik Says:

    Dope post, Eskay. Good lookin’ out on this

  7. Belize Says:

    peace homeslice

  8. Digital scales Says:

    nice….any of ya ever heard of Web..Casino..Seen….all from flushing..holla

  9. chea Says:

    as a former writer i have nothing but respect for the forefathers

    giuliani and bloomberg (and daley, in chicago) think they killt this shit but fuck em

    this shit been around since the egyptians and ain’t goin nowhere

  10. hip hop cops Says:

    seen still paints and has tags up on rooftops in my neighborhood

  11. smoove157 Says:

    there was a mad official documentary on the tats crew the other day. 2 hours. channel 25 in nyc.

  12. chea Says:

    seen is a legend in the game

  13. smog Says:

    thank god another hip hop form besides rap is on this site

  14. eskay Says:

    ^lol, what’s that supposed to mean?

    yo chea, are you in NY and if so, what’d you used to write.

  15. Governor Slugwell Says:

    YO! That is ill. Glad to see this, Thanks for Posting some Real Sh**.

  16. chea Says:

    eskay Says:

    December 12th, 2007 at 7:16 pm
    ^lol, what’s that supposed to mean?

    yo chea, are you in NY and if so, what’d you used to write.

    ^^^

    LOOOOOOL es i don’t blame you for not keeping up on all us heathens but i think i done said 758 times that i’m from the chi haha

    anyway: SR

  17. edgar c. Says:

    graffiti saved my life…

    no bullshit…and fuck the t-shirt (yeah i seen it too)

  18. State of Grace Says:

    “several references to Quaaludes”

    ^^Do these still exist? Can I get some?

  19. BEZ Says:

    I love graffiti. Reminds me of the basement on the Old Rap City, but with REAL artists.

  20. alphastart Says:

    that shit aint no mural, that shits just been “BOOOOOMMMMBED”

  21. Astro Says:

    rap fans nowadays could care less about anything related to grafitti

    ^^^

    It’s sad cause correct me if im wrong but it’s one of the 4 element of huuummm Hiphop…

    now u learnin’ (c) Osirus

  22. eskay Says:

    >>there was a mad official documentary on the tats crew the other day. 2 hours. channel 25 in nyc.

    yeah, I caught the last 30 mins of that.

  23. kaybee Says:

    that’s the worst graffiti ever. at least put some ill shit on there. that plane is weak as shit. my kid brother kills that w/ crayons. c’mon.

  24. thekid10705 Says:

    FLAVOR!!!!damn, I forgot how I use to fiend for graf’…I hate growing up, word!!!let’s get some ho-lidays heinekens Es..drinks are on the house !!

  25. khal Says:

    damn. i miss graf. when im riding through my old hood (trenton, nj), i keep seeing ill murals in spots i used to frequent… but like 5 yrs ago, they werent there. i hate that.

    maybe they were waiting for me to bounce.

  26. NEPSONE Says:

    man GRAFF LIVES! nowadays its not as hip, but trust its all a round you…
    check your colorful hoodies…and kicks..
    Going boming now…perfect in the snow!

  27. greg Says:

    yes…thank you eskay
    words for a select few…all you midwestern kids in your g-unit shoes even you gangsta dope pusha lovin rap cats just know hip hop and rap didn’t start with keys of coke and chicks drowning in champipple…yeah i said champipple wanna fight about it

  28. Joey Profit$ Says:

    I was born & raised in BPT Conn. – It wasn’t until I moved to Miami that I getting up & bombing.

    Graffitti will always be around!!

  29. thekid10705 Says:

    Love the post Es…Yo, I was downtown NYC last week rapping to this chick and I was bragging about myself being an “all city” type of dude…she was like, what’s that mean?…Fo realllll’…LOL….

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