One of the originators of New Yorkgraffiti was TAKI 183 – a foot messenger who would tag his nickname around New York streets that he daily frequented en route in the late 1960s and early 1970s. But it was "Julio 204" who began writing his "tag" first. Soon following Julio came Taki who was a Greek-American – his tag was diminutive for Demetrius, while 183 came from his address on 183rd Street in Washington Heights. On July 21, 1971, the New York Times ran an article about him on the front page of its inside section, titled "Taki 183" Spawns Pen Pals. TAKI 183 arguably spurred competitive tagging in NYC as within months his tag was being mimicked by hundreds of urban youth across the five boroughs. photo of Taki 183 graffiti This work is copyrighted. ... photo of Taki 183 graffiti This work is copyrighted. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Area - Total - % water Ranked 27th 141,205 kmÂ² 13. ... Graffiti on the banks of the Tiber river in Rome, Italy. ... A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Tom is short for Thomas). ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Area - Total - % water Ranked 27th 141,205 kmÂ² 13. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... A Greek American is a citizen of the United States who has significant Greek heritage. ... Washington Heights is located in Upper Manhattan. ... July 21 is the 202nd day (203rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 163 days remaining. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Urban culture is the culture of cities. ...
See the following publication for more information on TAKI 183 and the tagging phenomenon within the development of NYC graffiti culture during the 1970s and early 1980s.
Chalfant, Henry and Cooper, Martha. "Subway Art." New York, New York: Henry Holt & Co, publisher. ISBN 0-8050-0678-8 1984, 1995.
Categories: Graffiti and unauthorised signage | Greek-Americans | American graffiti artists
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