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SEEN-ABC
Pink Dot

USA
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Posted - 04/15/2008 :  6:32:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit SEEN-ABC's Homepage  Reply with Quote


graf stories

i love it let here some more......

"IT TAKES COURAGE & IMAGINATION TO SET NEW DESIGN TRENDS-TO CREATE THE TRENDS ONESELF RATHER THAN FOLLOWING THE FLOW!"
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Sy
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Cyprus
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Posted - 04/16/2008 :  2:49:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tselone

bout time some writers have someting to say about chicago graffiti...

very good interviews...

here is something to add to the old school mix...



Circa. 1990. Northside. "Skid" NBC, FEDS, TAC crews, standing by tsel piece...that yellow thing was supposed to be a snake or something????...i failed!

gen. tselone
wrs crew








TSEL,
THANKS FOR THAT BLAST FROM THE PAST! AND JUST FOR THE RECORD SKID AND EPOC NBC GOT MAD UPS BACK IN DA DAY ON THE HOWARD LINE TWO WRITERS THAT DONT GET MENTION ALOT....MUCH RESPECT

PS. GOT SOME MORE INTERVIEWS IN THE WORKS GET YOUR POPCORN AND DRINKS READY

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FLASH ABC
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Posted - 04/24/2008 :  10:32:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit FLASH ABC's Homepage  Reply with Quote
In a previous thread a writer had asked about this peice on addison. Here is the story behind that piece.



It was 1990 and Risk was chilling at home with his girl Igsa when the phone rang. When he picked up the phone he heard a voice. �Yo, this is East and I want to know why don�t you bomb any more, Agent and I are calling you out, and he wants to battle you.� Risk was not into beefing with people, but accepted on the condition that he would paint a wall and Agent would paint a wall. He knew as an ABC he could not back down when being called out.


These were the days after 1987 when Sgt. Angone had already shut down Chicago graffiti on the CTA. Risk was now in college, showing in galleries, and seen as a skater. Looking back he was actually good at getting air and had a few tricks in his arsenal. He worked at a local skate shop and would tell the younger skaters stories of bombing the blue line. Risk always encouraged the new school generation to start writing graffiti, and bomb, Lone from J4F is one of them.


Risk skated downtown with Chris Silva, Jesse Neuhaus, and Steve Dread from Uprise Skates, who held the first all city skaters meeting at the Picasso. Together they shut down Michigan Avenue as they took over the street and headed to Oak Street Beach. Graffiti as we know it was looking like something of the past.


So Risk went to a Kilbourn Park business owner and asked if he could paint a mural on the exterior wall. The owner was tired of the image gang graffiti on the wall along with his neighbors and he agreed to the mural. The piece was supposed to represent the peace movement. An act of showing maturity and we can evolve the movement. That issues can be settled without violence.

Risk painted there and Agent painted at the Des Plaines Street wall. To this day if you ask Risk he doesn�t say who won the battle. �Its something that was decided by our peers, let�s just say the crowd approval chose a winner, and I am grateful it happened�, says Risk. �Those guys made me remember why I love graffiti art�. The piece remained virtually untouched for 12 years before the building was sold and the fa�ade redone.

Risk is grateful for those East and Agent and have been cool with them ever since. �They got me motivated and brought me out of a short retirement�. �This is what graffiti art, breaking, and Hip-Hop is to me, it has always been about non-violence and how you ROCK your styles�.















THESE PICTURES AND MANY MORE INCLUIDING WILSON SKATE PARK SEE.......

www.chitownshred.com


http://projectlogan.tumblr.com/
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Sy
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Posted - 04/25/2008 :  05:37:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
^CLASSIC STUFF MY MAN....THATS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT GRAFF THAT YOU DIDNT HAVE TO BE A PART OF JUST ONE GROUP OR LISTEN TO JUST ONE TYPE OF MUSIC OR ROCK ONE STYLE...ALOT OF SKATERS AND BMXERS WHERE WRITING.



*JUST SOME INFO ABOUT ANGONE HE REALLY HAD ALL THE LINES HOT IN THE 80'S AND THE RUMER WAS THAT HE WOULD EVEN RIDE THE TRAINS LOOKIN FOR WRITERS ON HIS DAYS OFF.

JULY 1986
A 14-year-old youth who allegedly painted "almost every square inch" of the Chicago Transit Authority's North-Clybourn rapid transit station was arrested early Monday, and police were searching for his two teenage accomplices.

"They painted 8-foot-tall letters from one end of that station to the other end, and it's 200 yards long in either direction," said Sgt. Robert Angone of the police public transportation tactical unit. "Some of the slogans were taunting the police to catch them. So we did."

JULY 1986
With 80 arrests in the last four weeks, including that of "public enemy No. 1 in the graffiti world," the Chicago Police Department's public transportation unit says it has successfully cracked down on the defacing of rapid-transit trains and other property.

Sgt. Robert Angone of the Chicago unit said that while the dragnet hasn't forced graffiti artists to clean up their acts, it is catching many in the act.

The most prolific of these, known as "Vandal," was arrested Friday night and named in a juvenile delinquency petition, Angone said. The 15-year- old suspect is the reputed leader of a 65-member graffiti gang responsible for more than $100,000 in damage to Chicago Transit Authority trains and stations, Angone said.















Edited by - Sy on 04/25/2008 06:17:18 AM
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AERO
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Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Posted - 04/26/2008 :  01:14:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
epoc,stash, and scarce were the 3 writers that inspired me to start writing back in the day. hey tsel didn't that have like a skull on the end of it? and if i remember right that risk piece was on the addison walls just west of schurz.. i heard mazura was doing security at the theatre on western and diversey. a couple of years ago my boy drip (TCK) saw him there.

TILL CHICAGO'S KILLED
THE MASTER RACE
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REEM
Orange Dot

USA
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Posted - 04/26/2008 :  07:01:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
YEAH, THAT WALL WAS BY SCHURZ.THAT PIECE LASTED A LONG TIME. AND IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT, IT WAS A FRIENDLY BATTLE (NOTE TO ALL YOU SHORTIES).WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER AND HUNG OUT TOGETHER. ANY GIVEN WEEKEND. MAD CREW COULD BE FOUND LOUNGING, SKATING AND JUST TALKING SH*T AT INDEPENDENCE PARK OR IN MY OLD ROOM (SORRY FOR TRYING TO FIT AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE IN MY ROOM POPS), LOL. WE LISTENED TO CLASSIC ROCK, HIP HOP AND PUNK. OUR MUSIC VARIED. MOST OF MAD CREW SKATED. AND TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, LOTS OF PEOPLE WERE JEALOUS OF RISK'S SKILLS. BE IT GRAFF OR SKATING. NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT, EVERYONE IN MAD SKATED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. BUT RISK WAS WITH ABC WHEN HE DID THAT PIECE. AND I THINK THAT TIME WAS WHEN RISK AND KEEP STARTED THE MAD FAMILY CLOTHING LINE OR SOMETHING. SOLD AT THE BEASTIE BOY OWNED STORE "GORILLAZ"..IF THAT NAME IS RIGHT. BY THEN, MAD CREW WENT THEIR OWN WAYS. RISK WAS ALREADY ABC FOR A LONG TIME. MITE, AGENT, MYSELF AND SOME OTHER HEADS STILL HUNG TOGETHER. TAKE 2 BECAME M.I.A AS WELL AS FATE, IRATE, SPEED, KROOK (WELL WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE)JESTER AND ANIMATION. WE ALL MOVED ON WITH OUR LIVES, BUT ART WAS ALWAYS A PART OF EACH OF US. MITE AND I WENT TO CANVAS. NOT TO SELL, JUST TO DO.OCCASIONAL PERMISSION WALLS. KATO WAS HEAVY INTO HIS WELL KNOWN CHICAGO AREA BAND SLUDGEWORTH. I STILL TALK WITH MITE ALMOST EVERYDAY. HIS WHEELS ARE SPINNING AND HE STILL DRAWS AS WELL AS I DO.THATS WHY A MAD CREW REUNION IN 2006 WAS A BIG DEAL TO THE FEW WHO WENT. WE HAVENT SEEN EACH OTHER IN AGES AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN AND IF YOU WILL SEE YOUR OLD CREW MEMBERS AGAIN.FAZE 1 AND HEX ARE MY COUSINS SO I ALWAYS SEE THEM. MITE LIVES BY ME SO WE HANG OUT WHEN WE CAN. PEACE...REEM/MAD CREW
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Sy
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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  05:55:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BACK IN THE DAYS MAD CREW WAS LIKE A "BAND OF BROTHERS" THAT LITE UP THE NORTH-WEST SIDE TRAIN/BUS LINES WITH PIECES AND SIGNATURES ALONG THE WAY IN A ERA THAT HAD "SGT.ANGONE" AND "LIMITED MASS COMMUNICATION" THE CREW HELD THEIR OWN.I WONDERED WHY THEIR WASNT A 2ND GENERATION MAD CREW BUT AS THEY TOLD ME: "MAD IS FAMILY PLUS HOW COULD YOU TOP THE GUYS THAT WE HAD IN THAT CREW AT THE TIME"....
HERE IS THEIR STORY:




MAD CREW INTERVIEW



1. Please, state your name: FAZE ONE, FAZE, SPIKE
REEM, PEN1
HEX, HEXONE
KATO, DIZTER


2. When and how did you get your start in graff?
FAZEONE: I started around 1983, I saw STYLE WARS on �ON TV� at REEM�s house and I got to look at SUBWAY ART, which was the Graff bible at that time. After that, I saw stuff on the BLUE LINE by ABC CREW and some dude named KLTA on the rooftops. I then made my choice to start to BomB!

REEM: I started back in 1983. I got into it by watching a couple of documentaries about the East and West coast scene.

HEXONE: It seems like everyone had the same start----- STYLE WARS came out and then it exploded.

KATO: I was 12. I was staying at REEM�s house and STYLE WARS was on some public station. From that moment on, I knew that I had found my place
in life.

3. What crews where you apart of?
KATO: MAD, TDT, THC, UAC, X-MEN, ON POINT, DOCTORS, MAFIA,
CWT

HEXONE: CWT, MAD, MAFIA, There were probably more.

REEM: CWT, MAD, MAFIA, and DAL� but my true allegiance was always
MAD.

FAZEONE: CWT, MAD, MAFIA, AKA, NME

4. What lines did you Rock?
REEM: Mostly the Blue Line.

KATO: the Douglas, the Howard, the Ravenswood

FAZEONE: the Douglas, the Ravenswood, Irving bus, and sometimes the
Archer Ave. bus.

HEXONE: O�Hare and the Ravenswood.

5.Can you tell us what MAD stands for and how you got down with the crew?

REEM: MAD had many meanings, but it was just a play on an acronym.
MAD stood for no meaning. It was always and will always just be
Crew name.

FAZEONE: To me MAD had many meanings, but it actually had no meaning
at all. Some have said that it stood for Monarchs Artistically
Destroying, but I say that it stands for �MY ASS DRINKS�.

KATO: There�s a few meanings, I kinda like �Make A Difference�.

HEXONE: No comment!

6.Who started MAD and who were the members?

FAZEONE: TAKE 2 started the MAD CREW! What had happened was one
night REEM, KATO, and maybe others were bombing the
Addison St. station on the Blue Line. KATO hopped down on
Tracks and tagged his name and then proceeded to throw up
ABC after his name. All of sudden this dude jumped down on
the tracks and crossed out KATO�s name. That dude was
TAKE2 of ABC. For some reason he thought that we had some
Balls and put us together with some other young guys that he
knew. That is how the MAD CREW started.

REEM: TAKE2 started MAD. The members were about 18 strong. The
Members were: TAKE2, KATO, REEM, HEXONE, FAZEONE,
RISK, KEEP, PROVE, FATE, IRATE, JESTER, ANIMATION,
MITE, SCAM, KROOK, SPEED, CHASE AND COPE(R.I.P.).

KATO: TAKE2 started it!

HEXONE: TAKE2 started it!

7. MAD CREW was such a well rounded crew, with taggers and ill piecers, was
that part of your recruiting process or was it a bunch of neighborhood friends
with similar ideas?

REEM: We all grew up in the same area and were pretty much bumping into
each other. Therefore, CWT got MAD. Then we were just MAD. We
just had to prove that we could get up.

KATO: It was hood based, but we picked up like-minded weirdoes over time.
HEXONE: It was just a bunch of friends.

FAZEONE: It was like REEM said. We were from the same general area and
Most of us went to Gordon Tech, Lane, or Schurz. Some guys
Were great at tagging and other were great at piecing and there
Were some that were great at both of them.

8. Did you guys war with anybody or have any competion?

FAZEONE: When we were just starting out with CWT, some of us went to
War with CAR, but that was just a way for us to get some name
Recognition. I don�t think that we went to war with anyone
While we were the MAD CREW though.

REEM: I went to war with OREO from PEN1, because I had the Name first.
Then OREO stole it and used it for his crew name. It didn�t last long
Because I started using the name REEM.

HEXONE: Not as a crew, but just some individuals warred with others.

KATO: Not really! WE were some cool mother f**kers!

9. You guys had a sort of a crew reunion a couple of years ago at the meeting of
styles, can you describe how that felt too see old friends after so long?

FAZEONE: I would like to thank DJ 3rd RAIL for that! I�m his boss at work
And we did not know who each other was for about a year. One
Day we were working downtown and something came up about
Graff, I told him about the guys that I knew. He than proceeded
To call TAKE2 up. One minute later TAKE comes into the alley
That we were in. It had been close to 20 years since I had seen him.
WE decided that if anything were to come up that we would do
Something again. MOS 2006 came around and we got the urge
To have a reunion of the guys that we could get a hold of. 3rd Rail
Got a hold of RIDDLE from BTB who was so kind to give us space
On one of there crew�s walls. We emailed are ideas all other the
Country and came up with a theme. The people who made it out
Were TAKE2, KATO, REEM, HEXONE, FAZEONE, CHASE,
And MITE. We painted along side other OLD SCHOOL cats. How
Cool is it that when you walked into that alley the first person you
Saw was FESSKI and his son OSO, then you had AMIR and
MENIZ from BTB, STEPH, CHASE, HEX, REEM, TAKE2,
KATO, FAZEONE, and MITE, with SCARCE coming on thru.

REEM: Well we all are close and even though it was only a handful of members,
It was fun. We had a blast.
HEXONE: It had been along time. It is crazy how it all comes back to you, so
Many years later.

KATO: It was f**king crazy!! I moved to Phoenix a few years ago, so for me,
It had a special meaning. Plus I got to wrestle SCARCE in the alley
We were painting in!

10. Some crews were able to carry on the tradition in the form of 2nd and 3rd
generations. Can you tell us why there wasn�t a MAD CREW part II?

KATO: Because MAD is a family. Either you�re born into it or you bounce!

HEXONE: IT just ran it�s coarse!

REEM: The books are closed and maybe someday they will open back up
again. Never say Never!

FAZEONE: How could you top the guys that we had in that crew at the time?
We just grew older and most of us parted ways amicably. Most
of us are still good friends. hades ! REEM is my cousin and HEX is
my brother, so I see them all of the time. KATO we keep in contact
with by emails, phone calls, or when he hits town. The other guys
we still see at gallery shows or at times like the MOS.
hades ! My kids are the new MAD CREW because they get me
MAD all of the time at them! Plus they were at the 2006 MOS,
Watching and learning.

11. In your opinion, what writers rocked it really hard in the city back in the early
8o�s?

REEM: FATE was a person who had no control. He would write on anything.
Scarce or coarse rocked.

HEXONE: SCARCE, FUSE, PESKI, PEST, TAKE2,FATE,�.. There were so
Many.

KATO: We all rocked hard in the 80�s to the mid- 90�s. FESS and TAKE2 as
Far as pieces, DEFSKI, P-LEE, god, I could go on and on.

FAZEONE: SCARCE, VANDAL, SNEAK, FATE, HATE as far as Buses.
TAKE2, FESSKI, RISK, KEEP, PROVE, TRANE, TRIXTER,
SLANG and so many more as far as doing pieces. There were
To many Crews to mention MAD, ACW, ABC, TCP, BTB,CAR,
TCK, X-MEN, CTA, EPOC, UAC, the list goes on and on. Sorry,
if I missed anyone!

12. Can you think of anyone that �KINGED� the bus lines back then?

KATO: SCARCE, TRANE, and of coarse Me and PROVE.

FAZEONE: SCARCE, HATE, FATE, SNEAK, PROVE, KATO, VANDAL,
FUSE, the list goes on and on.

REEM: I would have to say FATE and SCARCE gave us the motivation to get
up more.

HEXONE: SCARCE, FUSE, TRANE, PESKI, FATE, etc. There were so many!

13. OK this is a tuff one. Out of all the pieces or productions you remember seeing
from the �Golden Era�, can you pick one that really stands alone?

REEM: The ABC/UPS piece by the Damen stop on the Blue Line will always
be my favorite. It defines old school to me.

HEXONE: The ABC/ UPS piece off Damen.

KATO: The SEEN-TAKE-TRIXTER and the ABC/UPS piece off Damen.

FAZEONE: Of coarse I would have to say the ABC/UPS piece, the SEEN-
TAKE-TRIXTER piece, we really looked up to those guys
because they were a couple of years older then us and molded
us to be so successful. I also like the MIDWEST MASTERS piece
by the WALL OF FAME.

14.What was your choice of bombing tools?

FAZEONE: Griffin, Pilots, UNI�s, Mean streaks, Ultra Wides, Home Mades,
I came up with this one home made that was made out an eye
glass cleaner and an eraser, it was the smaller than your pinkie,
so it was easy to hide or get rid of.

KATO: Griffin, Uni�s, Mean Streaks, then REEM came up on the his pee pee blick
Ultra Wides.

REEM: Pilots, Griffin, Ultra Wides, and make shift Home Mades. I also had
one of FAZE�s eye glass cleaner markers.

HEXONE: Pilots, Griffin, and Home Mades.

15. How do you feel about the state of graffiti art today and is there any advice
you can give to new writers on the come up?

KATO: I love that people have stepped up their game. People paint so much
cleaner. There are better tools now as opposed to back then. The one
thing I hate though, is that biting is acceptable! People will use
DAIM�S exact color schemes, and they are using REVOK and every-
one from MSK�S L.A. style of letters. It�s one thing to be influenced,
but it�s another thing to blatantly jack someone�s sh*t!!

HEXONE: It�s a lot easier now, because you can get everything on the internet.
But it�s a lot harder to get up now days because of all the camera�s,
camera phone�s and those same nosy people who have to know
everthing that goes on in their neighborhoods.

REEM: Big brother is watching you, be careful out there. Cam�s are every-
where. Keep your beef�s on a simmer. Battle it out on the walls not
your fist.

FAZEONE: First and foremost is to get yourself an original name. Do your
damn homework and check to see if someone already has taken
that name. For reference check out FINE39�s OLD SCHOOL
GRAFFITI website. HE has one of the most extensive collections
Graffiti names, pictures, etc. I personally don�t like ETCH. Too
me it really f**ks up someone�s sh*t. Fine it�s permanent but the
way someone of you use it, it look�s like sh*t. Business owener
can�t afford to replace glass every time someone etch�s it. At least
they can wipe paint off. I�m not on there side or anything like that
but to me it looks like sh*t.

16. Do you have any opinions when you see corporate graff on the sides of trains,
when the transit system spent all those years trying to keep them spotless?

HEXONE: I have no opinion, the corporations learned from us. We were just
Advertising too.

KATO: This is America, if you have the dough�. anything goes. If I won the
lotto, every train would have a KATO piece on it.

REEM: Every time I see a train go by and it has some coffee ad, I think, �How
ironic�, the CTA won�t tolerate a piece on a train but shameless ad�s
that no one pays attention too. Capitalism! Maybe Graff artists need
government funding to get up on a train.

FAZEONE: I believe that corporations will do just about anything to grab the
attention of people. They would see the reaction of people when
those people would see a sweet looking piece on a train. So, they
think people would have the same reaction to one of there ads.



17. OK, last question, CUBS fan or SOX fan?

REEM: Cubs fan all the way!

FAZEONE: SOX FAN Baby!!! I hate the CUBS.

HEXONE: Cubs fan.

KATO: I�m down for any CHICAGO team.

18. Any shout outs to anyone?

MAD CREW: Our shout outs go out to everyone! With out them Graff would
not be what it is today. Big Prop�s to TAKE2, SEEN, FESS,
TRIXTER, FLASH, DJ 3RD RAIL, HEK(X-MEN), TRANE,
SHAGGY, CHUMBLY, SLANG, FLEE, LABRAT, SY,
TESEL, MENIZ, RIDDLE, BTB CREW, ROME, TCK CREW,
B-BOY-B, FEAR, NICK SALSA, FLY 105, FUSE, SCARCE,
COPE(RIP), HATE(RIP), VANDAL(RIP), BREAKER RAY
AND ANY OTHER GRAFF HEAD THAT WE FORGOT!!!!!!







Thank you!


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tselone
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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  09:22:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit tselone's Homepage  Reply with Quote
dat "risk" old skool outline and foto combo is rope-a-dope...it reminds me of "dondi's" book...fresh...didnt no it was a battle piece...

dat "mad" piece wit da pink panther bboy was also off the hook on the red line...

"mars mad" props to yall...

those pieces on that wall inspired me and many others...




i went over a "mex" piece i did next to the "destruction" piece up north wit "nerd"...geahhhh...

gen.tselone

wicked rough styles

tselone

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FAZEONE MADCREW
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Posted - 04/28/2008 :  7:02:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sy, sorry it took so long to get that interview out to you, but it was worth it though. Keep up the good work! there are still many OLD SCHOOL stories to here. I'd like to see somthing from SEEN, FLASH, TRIXTER, SLANG, LABRAT, NICKSALSA, FLY105, CHUMBLEY, RISK,TESEL, THE BTB CREW, RUDE, NERD, SHAME, TRANE, SHAGGY, SCARCE, UNEEK, STANE, KID CRASH, ROME and you yourself SY! where's your interview?

PEACE and keep em' coming,
FAZEONE

FAZEONE
MADCREW



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take2
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Posted - 04/29/2008 :  11:38:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit take2's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Those MAD kids went graff crazy. KATO, RISK, KEEP, FAZE, FATE, PROVE, MITE, REEM, IRATE, CROOK, SPEED, SCAM, HEX, COPE, CHASE and ANIMATION.

They inspired me back then with their attitude and skills. Everyone in the crew bombed, ran tunnels, hit stations, did rooftops, buses, walls along the train tracks, expressway signs, etc. They took MAD beyond what I ever imagined.

I'll never forget that day I met the kids at the Addison station. It was broad daylight when they were rockin the station. That's how we did it back then.

They made MAD into one fine crew. They were and still are friends, that was the core of the crew. I've got MAD respect for all of them.

It should be noted that these are the guys that started the Addison Walls that many of us old timers got to paint. So a big thanks to the crew that brought me out of retirement in 1989 to rock rooftops stations and tunnels once again.

Peace and Love,

Take2
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DVS DSK
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Posted - 05/01/2008 :  02:14:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by take2

Those MAD kids went graff crazy. KATO, RISK, KEEP, FAZE, FATE, PROVE, MITE, REEM, IRATE, CROOK, SPEED, SCAM, HEX, COPE, CHASE and ANIMATION.

They inspired me back then with their attitude and skills. Everyone in the crew bombed, ran tunnels, hit stations, did rooftops, buses, walls along the train tracks, expressway signs, etc. They took MAD beyond what I ever imagined.

I'll never forget that day I met the kids at the Addison station. It was broad daylight when they were rockin the station. That's how we did it back then.

They made MAD into one fine crew. They were and still are friends, that was the core of the crew. I've got MAD respect for all of them.

It should be noted that these are the guys that started the Addison Walls that many of us old timers got to paint. So a big thanks to the crew that brought me out of retirement in 1989 to rock rooftops stations and tunnels once again.

Peace and Love,
yo TAKE 2 you can say that again!
those MAD dude's were krazy! i was hangin with SPEED at one time and all i can remember is they would pitch quater's across the street from KROOK & SPEED'S house. all kind of MAD BROTHER'S would show up and as soon that it would get dark we would go & tare some sh*t up!!!! never forget those day's. PRICELESS!!!! GRAFF4LIFE......
Take2


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NICKSALSA1
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Posted - 05/01/2008 :  04:46:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit NICKSALSA1's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dammm MAD Ups to the MAD Crew....These interviews are gettin interesting!! Good work....great memories...

LIVE TO PAINT, PAINT TO LIVE
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REEM
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USA
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Posted - 05/01/2008 :  12:26:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ALL OF US IN MAD CREW BROUGHT SOMETHING TO THE TABLE. AS ANY CREW SHOULD DO. THATS WHAT MOLDED US TOGETHER. WE ALL LEARNED SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER. WE HAD EACH OTHERS BACKS ON THE BUSES, IN THE TUNNELS, ALLEYS, ON ROOFTOPS AND THE STREET. hades , ANIMATION TAUGHT ME THE PROPER WAY TO USE THE EMERGENCY WINDOW ESCAPE WITHOUT GETTING HURT. FIRST TIME I HAD TO JUMP, I FELL FACE FIRST ON THE GROUND. WE WERE VERY STRATEGIC. ONE NIGHT, WE HID A PUDDLE AFTER PIECING ON A ROOF BY 6 CORNERS. SEEMED LIKE WE HID FOR 5 HOURS. WE GOT AWAY. WE ALL WERE EACH OTHERS PARTNERS IN CRIME. WE SWITCHED OF ON WHO WE WOULD BOMB OR PIECE WITH. BUT I THINK FATE WAS THE ONLY CRAZY DUDE THAT WAS SO ADDICTED, THAT HE WOULD BOMB ON HIS OWN.LIKE I SAID, HE HAD NO CONTROL BUT THATS WHAT MADE HIM GET UP. WE ALL WORRIED ABOUT ANGONE. TO US, HE WAS THIS MONSTER OUT TO GET US. YOU WOULD BE BOMBING A BACK OF A BUS AND SOMEONE WOULD GO "HEY!". YOU BOLT AND HALFWAY DOWN THE BLOCK YOU REALIZE IT WAS SOME DUDE FLAGGING DOWN A CAB. GOOD TIMES. REEM/MAD CREW
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REEM
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Posted - 05/03/2008 :  11:52:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OOPS. CORRECTION. RISK PUT UP MAD IN THAT PIECE. MY BAD, BUT HE WAS IN ABC AT THE TIME. ONCE MAD, ALWAYS A MAD CREW MEMBER. WE ARE ALL FAMILY. PEACE...REEM/MAD CREW
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Posted - 05/05/2008 :  11:49:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit take2's Homepage  Reply with Quote
DVS,

In the archives, I think I've got a DVS from the Kennedy expressway near Montrose.

I'll look for it.

Take2
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yo TAKE 2 you can say that again!
those MAD dude's were krazy! i was hangin with SPEED at one time and all i can remember is they would pitch quater's across the street from KROOK & SPEED'S house. all kind of MAD BROTHER'S would show up and as soon that it would get dark we would go & tare some sh*t up!!!! never forget those day's. PRICELESS!!!! GRAFF4LIFE......
Take2


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Posted - 05/05/2008 :  1:28:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by take2

DVS,

In the archives, I think I've got a DVS from the Kennedy expressway near Montrose.

I'll look for it.

Take2
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Originally posted by DVS DSK

yo TAKE 2 you can say that again!









those MAD dude's were krazy! i was hangin with SPEED at one time and all i can remember is they would pitch quater's across the street from KROOK & SPEED'S house. all kind of MAD BROTHER'S would show up and as soon that it would get dark we would go & tare some sh*t up!!!! never forget those day's. PRICELESS!!!! GRAFF4LIFE......
Take2













TK......ARE YOU TALKIN ABOUT THAT DVS NEXT TO DICE'S PIECE ON THE KENNEDY EXPRESS?

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Posted - 05/12/2008 :  12:46:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finally some text worth reading,there's a ton of knowledge on this site. How are ya'll doing the interviews and how can we keep them coming? The stories about crew's histories are dope too.
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Posted - 05/12/2008 :  08:37:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by NUMB-DSI

Finally some text worth reading,there's a ton of knowledge on this site. How are ya'll doing the interviews and how can we keep them coming? The stories about crew's histories are dope too.







GLAD YOU LIKE THE THREAD.
ONCE I GET THE GREENLIGHT I CONTACT THEM USALLY BY EMAIL AND THEY SEND BACK THE ANSWERS..IF YOU KNOW SOME OLDSCHOOLERS THAT STILL OR USE TO WRITE, BREAK, MC OR DJ. AND GOT THEIR START IN THE 1980'S OR EARLY 90'S AND WANT THERE STORY TOLD THEN POST HERE OR HIT ME UP @ SYMARSCREW@aol.com


PEACE.

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Posted - 05/12/2008 :  10:47:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Disclaimer: This is to the best of my memory please excuse any & all comments that may have offended anyone. also please excuse any misunderstandings that people may have assumed about me! to anyone I may have forgotten it wasn't intentional just a simple slip. I am only human!!




"CAN'T HELP WHAT'S IN MY NATURE" LET'S PAINT!!!

SEEN-ABC


Here is his story:

1.Please state your name?
Seen-ABC, no not stolen, hard to steal what was given by the godfather himself! Don�t hate!

2.When and how did you start writing?
I was sent to New York in 1975 when I was 10yrs old since I was acting a fool & got into trouble in the Chi my mom figured she would send me somewhere I couldn't get into trouble Ha! Big mistake cause I found my way into the ghost yard in Manhattan with my cousin and WOW was all that came to mind, this place was amazing & I couldn't believe my eyes I seen all of these name's on the trains from top to bottom in bubbles letter's and Lot's tag's & that's how the idea's came to mind for when I did get back to Chicago, that was also where I met the godfather of graf. He wanted to know what I was doing in his yard tagging my own name instead of a tag name, at that moment I didn't have one but he seen a potential in me & blessed me with his own baby Seen moniker

3.Please list all the crews you got down with and what made each one special? MARS crew, ACW crew, CAR crew, MPC crew, TCP crew, MAD crew,TAC crew, CTA crew, BTB crew, etc. Each crew had the same determination to be noticed & willing to rock, the buses, trains & rooftops.
Disclaimer: I know there is probably more crews I didn't mention & if so please forgive me, as memory is a little foggy. I have mad respect to any & all crews that have crossed my path in art.


4.Originally from New York can you describe the first impression you had of the windy city when you arrived?
Not originally from New York, I am an original Chi-town production.
Note:(my fault that makes it even better)

5.Was there a Hip Hop movement here when you got to the Chi?
There was some & I like to think that I had some influences especially after my trip back from New York I had a hand full of rap tapes from NYC.

6.Can you tell us how ABC got started and how you did your recruiting?
ABC started in Logan Square, I met B-boy while I was doing some graf with chalk on the sidewalk of my neighborhood. He seen my work & was like man you do graf? I said yeah & from that point on we formed the A & B part of ABC. We recruited talent by the person or persons showing us what that had & by how down they were when it came down to going into the yards & throwing down on the trains & buses.

7.What lines did you guys rock?
We rocked the B-line, 63rd yard on the south side, Howard line at one time & Ravenswood line, mind you this was long before anyone else came along.

8.At the crews zenith how many members got down with ABC and can you name them all?
Whoa I honestly can�t remember at this point. Age & a bullet keeps me from remembering certain things.

9.In the early days ABC crew was instrumental at lighting up the line with Rooftops, Expressways and Tunnels can you describe the crews transition to go up and inside with their piecing versus just piecing on the walls and trains?
I am not sure if this is what you wanted but this is how I understood this question; Our goal was just to be seen by any means if it meant going inside, hitting the rooftops, & tunnels as long as we got our names out there that was all we cared about. Our main goal & focus at the time was to take over Chicago in a way no-one else had at that time.



10.At the time the idea to merge 3(ABC,MPC,TCP) crews into 1 and call it �The Federation� was revolutionary can you tell us how ABC got selected to be a part of FEDS?
Just shear determination to rock Chi-town train yards. We all wanted the same thing to make a big graf piece of Chicago.

11.If you had to pick a favorite year in Graff what year would that be and why?
1985 is my favorite & jumps out more than others. We were rocking big time, ABC had a good crew who were down to piece anytime & anyplace which was awesome because we all functioned as a unit. I don�t think anyone of us was doing anything but trying to get ABC on the graf map.

12.Who where your partners in crime?
B-boy 1st & foremost, 2nd Drip ABC & Take2 were the main one's who I knew were down for piecing anytime & anyplace without question or reservation. & Bombing hands down Flash ABC, MARS & MAD crew rocked it like no-one can or in my opinion ever could.

13.What memory comes to mind when you see these names?
Hate ACW, Trixter FEDS, Plee Fresh TCP? True writers who represented the Chi graf community. Mad respect for some of the best talent I have ever seen.

14.Whats your opinion on the graff being put out today in the Chi?
Innovative but we need to step up & create cleaner productions: cleaner in the sense that when the lame person see's it they wonder what famous artist put this out here! Not look at it & wonder what is it? I don�t understand it? I would like to see Chicago get to the status of some of our fellow artist in Europe, Asia & even some of the other US cities.

15.Some might say that the buff is losing the war on Graff if so do you think Chi City will ever look like the early 80�s?
Personally I believe it can if we continue to put out insane productions & host more MOS & other such events that puts the spot light on GRAF anything is possible.

16.Chgo. Is a very political town with that being said do you think politics plays a roll sometimes in whether a writer gets 2yrs or 2 months jail time for getting busted?
Sensitive issue but I don�t think politics plays as much a roll as race & color.

17.Are there any writers both old and new that sometimes get overlooked or not mention about?
Yeah Me! But seriously there is always a few kats that get forgotten until the come back & remind people what they can do. It is the nature of the beast.

18.Any advice for the new generation of Chi-town Graff writers?
Rock it! Don�t ever let anyone stop your vision & even if you hit a speed bump continue expressing yourself as best as you can.

19.Just for kicks which trains were more fun to ride on: �The old green and white 6000 series Monsters� or at the time the �State of the art two-tone gray 2600 series trains�?
Oldies is always best for me not to mention the chaos you can do to the outside & in coming to painting on them.

20.Last question: any shout outs? ALWAYS! Shout out to you SY for making me have to shake the cob-webs & remember my past! Flash ABC as always, Take2, B-boy, Risk, Drip ABC, Trixster, Denz, Zore, Fess, Nyke, Ascend, Rude, C3po, Greeve & all of MUL crew, Omen & Cisa crew, MARS crew, MAD crew, all of ABC, TCP, MPC, TCK, etc.

Disclaimer: There are just way too many to mention mad props to you all.


Thanks Seen!


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REEM
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Posted - 05/13/2008 :  07:20:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THIS JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. GREAT IDEA SY FOR DOING THIS. GREAT INTERVIEW SEEN. AND TAKE, THANKS FOR THE KIND WORDS ABOUT US AS A CREW. YOU CREATED THE MONSTER THAT WAS THE MAD CREW. YOU THREW US ALL INTO THE MIX AND IT CAME TOGETHER LIKE A MASTERPIECE. I WAS IN A ROCKY ROCCOCO IN MILWAUKEE A FEW YEARS BACK AND HAD TO FACE THE DOOR TO SEE WHO WAS COMING THROUGH. FLASHBACKS OF MAD CREW MEMBERS WALKING THROUGH THAT DOOR. (WE HAD OUR MEETINGS AT THE OLD ONE ON ADDISON AND ELSTON). CANT WAIT FOR ANOTHER INTERVIEW OF THE NEXT ALL-STAR. PEACE.....REEM/MAD CREW
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