New York Kings

More than 30 years ago graffiti artists from Philadelphia, New York and Detroit began tagging uniform concrete walls with increasing flare and artistic talent.

Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings
Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings

The most prolific and subversive won the right among peers to use a crown symbol next to their work, meaning graffiti king.

Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings
Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings

Although prolific, they were of course, publicly anonymous, given that not everyone was happy with their exploits, particularly the law.

Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings
Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings

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.

Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings
Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings

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.

Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings
Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings

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
Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings

Streetlife and Pure Evil present New York Kings is on from 1-18 November, 108 Leonard Street, EC2

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