First Friday Panel: B.C. (Before Chalfant)
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the history of American graffiti through a panel moderated by former graffiti artist, author, and historian Jayson Edlin. Jayson destroyed/decorated IRT trains under the names Terror 161 and J.SON from 1973- 1984. He is the author of the book Graffiti 365 (Abrams 2011).

The panel will also include the following people: 


Staff 161 - Born in the South Bronx, Staff 161 started writing around late 1970. He founded the first big writing crew in Bronx (The Ebony Dukes) which were born from several gangs in the area. His younger brother AJ 161 was also a major writer.


Riff 170 - Riff 170 was one of the most important writers to start changing graffiti from writing to writing with style (in addition to Phase 2 who passed away just recently on December 12, 2019). Starting in 1972, he wrote around twenty different names and introduced several new design concepts and characters. He was light years ahead of his time. 


Charmin 65 -  Charmin 65 was ground breaking for being one of the only women not only on the tracks, but to be accepted into the United Graffiti Artists (UGA) . She is a great speaker and a living history lesson.


Ale One - Ale One started around 1972 from Co-op city in the Bronx and did hundreds of pieces, primarily on the 2 and 5 lines . His last pieces were completed around 1977. He is a contemporary of the greatest writers of his era.


This event was inspired by Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977 - 1987 on view through March 8, 2020 at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. For more information on this show CLICK HERE


Phase 2 Top to Bottom, 1974

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