‘H.A.E.R. SURVEY OF THE 3RD AVENUE EL LINE, 1974’ – TAG SPOTLIGHT #1
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TAG SPOTLIGHT is a new publication series accompanying the international TAG Conference. For the 2023 edition, which will take place in Hamburg from 29th June till 1st July, the first four volumes have been published, each one having a specific topic of the writing culture in focus.
For the first issue the editor hooked up with Mike Delmar, a rogue archivist who digs deep into all kind of sources and brings rare photo and video material to light, focusing on the early days of writing in New York City. In this issue selected rare black and white photographs from the 3rd Avenue subway line are presented. They were part of a 1973 survey on the IRT’S (Interborough Rapid Transit) elevated line, which was demolished four years later.
For the IRT these shots may have been just some kind of necessary everyday photographic material to plan the line’s total closure. Looking back from today these photographs capture an unique moment in the history of graffiti. Not a decade ago some teens from Manhattan started the namewriting game and the famous New York Times article on TAKI183 was published only three years before. While the first masterpieces were executed in the yards of the city, these priceless photos documented the traces of the beginnings: tags from some of the earliest writers.
Featuring: RICHRICAN181, PIMP164, BLUE189, SUPERMUG, TROUBLEMAN, MRTIP-O169, AMRL (BAMA), WARKING, CHAMP131, SMOOTH169, BIG-O116, ACE169, KOOLT.T.171, SUPERKOOL223, FRIZ171, SONNY107, ZOOK2, SMOKENJOE166, TABU1, FOXY170, DRLEE170, PHASE2, CHICK1, CUCO145, VALDEZ1, BLOOD1, SNUFF1, TABU169, and more.
32 pages, 14,8 cm x 21 cm
Archive: Mike Delmar
Editor: Javier Abarca
Release date: June 2023
Publisher: URBANARIO & Hitzerot
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