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30. Quik

Neighborhood: Queens

Years Active: 1974-1986

Quik took the same route as Iz; both writers were up in the 70s, and they just kept going. He popularized the usage of doing a face in his first letter, something that is still seen around the world in the work of other writers. Like Iz, he did whole-cars and burners as well.

29. Iz

Alias: Ike 357

Neighborhood: Queens

Years Active: 1973-1989

If you were a bomber in the 1970s and didn't make the list for that era, then the only way to do it was to keep going, and going, and going. He has arguably bombed more trains than any other writer with his ubiquitous throw-up.

28. Seen

Aliases: Psycho, Apache

Neighborhood: The Bronx

Years Active: 1978-present

Seen did it all - perfect whole-cars, great throw-ups, window down burners, and beautifully rendered characters. He and his UA crew ruled the 6 line for a decade and took over other lines at will. Seen's Hands of Doom whole-car is one of the most iconic trains ever painted; it was done in 1980 and was known for its gradual fades. Seen continues to paint around the world.

27. Kyle and Jon 156

Neighborhood: Harlem

Years Active: 1980-1987

It was difficult to top the whole-cars of the 1970s; it seemed like everything had been done, including an abstract car by Futura. This didn't stop Kyle and Jon from bringing their own unique take on what a whole-car should look like. Jon was a great stylist, and Kyle was an expert illustrator who sometimes took 10 hours to paint one character. As their works progressed, Jon began experimenting with abstract letters, sometimes throwing paint at a train. They were unique voices at a time when that was hard to find.

26. Noc 167

Alias: Boy Five

Neighborhood: The Bronx

Years Active: 1976-1984

Noc 167 gets my vote as the greatest stylemaster. He was mentored in the mid-'70s by style greats Nic 707 and Stan 153 who encouraged his drawing ability, as well. During the late '70s, as Noc's reputation spread, he was offered free spraypaint by other writers who just wanted to see him paint. Two of his most famous cars are the Boy 5 whole car with Dondi and his Style Wars whole-car done in 1980.

25. Slave

Alias: Ken

Neighborhood: Brooklyn

Years Active: 1975-1980

When you think of TF5, you usually think of Lee and whole-car specialists; then there was Slave. He was a master at style and did many of his pieces with the letter A upside down. He reached his peak in 1977, and 1978 and was just as strong since the TDS writers were at their peak.

24. Kel 139

Neighborhood: The Bronx

Years Active: 1977-1984

Kel 139 is one of those rare writers who's been involved with three major crews at a high level. In the late '70s, he left the elite IRT lines to join Dondi in Brooklyn, and the two writers spurred each other on. In 1979, he created Roc Stars, an elite style crew that would pull out window down burners on all 10 cars of whatever train they painted. They pulled off this feat numerous times. As that crew disintegrated, he moved on to become a pivotal member of RTW, helping to tighten up the style of the crew.

23. Dondi

 

Aliases: Naco, Bus 129

Neighborhood: Brooklyn

Years Active: 1976-1984

Dondi was not unlike Kool 131 in that it was all about the outline. He also had great camouflage skills. Dondi would become one of the strongest writers to emerge from the Brooklyn scene. He did great whole-cars, blockbusters, and throw-ups, and he possessed a great tag, but his claim to fame was style. He worked with various writers, always making them stronger. He left the trains in the early '80s to enter the art world.

 

22. Kool 131

Aliases: Tee Bag 170, Word, Dr. Phibes, Ash, Pod, Peel

Neighborhood: The Bronx

Years Active: 1974-1983

Chain 3 had so much style that he was a key member of two of the greatest style crews ever. He was a co-founder of TDS and helped paint some of their most popular cars. In 1978 he retired for a period before teaming up with TMT to challenge his old crew. In the 1980s he did some cars with other greats including Skeme and Dez.

21. Chain 3

Aliases: Tee Bag 170, Word, Dr. Phibes, Ash, Pod, Peel

Neighborhood: The Bronx

Years Active: 1974-1983

Chain 3 had so much style that he was a key member of two of the greatest style crews ever. He was a co-founder of TDS and helped paint some of their most popular cars. In 1978 he retired for a period before teaming up with TMT to challenge his old crew. In the 1980s he did some cars with other greats including Skeme and Dez.

[SreK ZypheR]

 

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