GRAFFITI LEGEND LAVA I & II aka STRAIGHTMAN URBAN STREET ART 2 TRAIN Canvas
New York City Graffiti Legend LAVA I & II aka StraightMan*, tagged this Original, Oil (+) on Canvas. Composed of Oil, Oil markers, Spray and possibly more. Familiar New York City interior scene – an underground Subway car (Seventh Ave’s Number 2 train, tagged of course – leaving the station – no conductors shadow in the window. Rare ‘non-bubble’ shape tag – ‘Lava’ above the train. Train is tagged with Lava’s homage to StayHigh 149’s ‘Smoking Saint’ which he gives a crown and “Graff.Legend…” below and silver background is adorned with colored stars, dots and pound signs (#). Original One of a Kind piece of art and is in Very Good condition.
Canvas measures 11 X 14.
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*LAVA I & II aka StraightMan ( aka Alberto Mercado), began graffiti writing in the 1970’s, often on buses and walls as a way to mark the Black Spade’s gang territory. Eventually his brother, KoolBreeze I, introduced him to the subway system and dubbed him Lava, borrowed from the brand of clean-up soap. He moved from the small time work he had been doing in the neighborhood and began to learn the lay-outs to the train yards and the back streets of the city. He was one of the first writers to Pioneer off the wall and on to paper by creating flyers for the early promotion of prominent DJ’s and rappers. He is best known for his Broadway and bubble box letter style.