The most prolific and subversive won the right among peers to use a crown symbol next to their work, meaning graffiti king.
Although prolific, they were of course, publicly anonymous, given that not everyone was happy with their exploits, particularly the law.
Deposed from the streets and subways the New York Kings have not been overthrown and are back in all their crowning glory, now taken in by the Pure Evil Gallery.
Christophe Demoulin has curated the show which will feature work by the following Kings: COPE2, INDIE 184, BLADE, STAY HIGH 149, SEN2, FUZZ ONE, POEM, BOM5, RD 357, DECK, EASY & JOZ.
BOM5 is also DJing on the opening night, so if you’re a New York police officer overseas this could be your lucky day.
Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings is on from 1-18 November, 108 Leonard Street, EC2