Recently on the Stockwell Park Estate I put together a wall featuring Rome, Merc, Don, Motor, Rask and Baqsr from Ireland and a special guest from New York 'Duster UA'.
Back in the late 70's/80's Duster formed 'United Artists' alongside Seen and PJ. They were consistent and prolific writers on the New York Subway System. They both featured in Subway Art and a film by Henry Chalfont and Tony Silver called 'Style Wars' which propelled them into a worldwide arena and became an inspiration to many graffiti writers worldwide.
Duster's story is a typical Graffiti story from New York; a kid finds a passion for art and expresses himself becoming recognised for it. From nothing he becomes somebody and an icon within his scene for his achievements. All this happening in a unique time in New York's history that combined music, art, beef, drama and personal struggles.
The Subway writers in New York laid the foundation for writing worldwide and its thanks to them that we have this movement today. And like any movement which wants to stay strong it takes commitment, hard work and innovation by its practitioners in order for it to move forward.
Dusters visit to The Stockwell Hall of Fame will hopefully inspire more writers to make something positive out of this art-form.
Many thanks to Don for organising the event and also the countless writers who turned up to show support and paint.
Welcoming Duster to the Stockwell Park Estate.
See Motors work at www.infomotor.blogspot.com