Interview with graffiti artist Flash from Chicago, an old school bomber who started back in 1982 writing with the legendary ABC Crew as well as FEDS Crew and MARS Crew. Flash provides a real insight into the history of Chicago graffiti!
How old are you?
Where are you based?
When did you begin practicing graffiti writing and for how long did you continue?
I started in 1982 and was arrested in 1987, after that I went away to serve in the National Guard.
Where did you paint your first piece?
1982 on Sawyer and Diversey in the alley, it was a piece for a friend that died named Georgie.
How did you get into graffiti writing and what made you begin painting?
At first I used to sketch gang logos and KISS pictures with other members of gangs in the lunchroom at Steinmetz. In the summer of 1983 Bboyb painted his name on the Sacramento and George viaduct, he pieced “BERTO AND TONY” with the Chicago skyline popping out. I went home running to get my camera little 35mm camera and by the time I got back a crowd of friends had grown by the viaduct. We posed all day with Bboyb. We all hung around the pieces so long that the cops came and asked who did it, Bboyb and Tony proudly raised their hands and they both got arrested on the spot for that. I was in awe after that and I knew what I wanted to do.
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