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PHASE2: "PIONEER IN LETTER FORM"

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( I REALIZE THAT THERE ALREADY IS A THREAD ABOUT PHASE2 IN THIRD RAIL< BUT THIS MAN WAS A PIONEER OF THE LETTERS PEOPLE ARE USING ON WALLS TODAY)

 

 

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PHASE 2 - Pioneer

 

Aliases: PAIN

Started: # Primary affiliations: INDs Local origin: Bronx, NY

Main lines: IRTS

 

Often referred to as a father of style PHASE 2 is considered by many to be one of the most significant painters of the aerosol art movement. In the early 1

970s PHASE 2 was a key figure, helping to pioneer the creation and reinterpretation of new letter forms. Many present day aerosol paintings across the globe are clearly derivative of integrations and embellishments created by PHASE.

 

He was president of the prestigious INDs crew as well as the Bronx chapter of the Ex-Vandals. He was a major force in creating a visual look for Hip Hop. He was one of Hip Hop's first major underground graphic designers. He designed promotional flyers and posters for early hip hop's top acts such as Kool Herc and Grand Master Flash.

 

He is the founder IGT TIMES, the first magazine dedicated to Aerosol art. He is also the author of Style from the Underground a perspective on the evolution aerosol art's development.

 

 

 

 

Pictures from http:rawvision.com

 

 

 

 

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so long over due.. and honestly. for someone so prolific hardly mentioned in recent media..

 

 

i think the ph®ase(2) "respect the architect" is quite appropriate.

 

 

superdaps

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This guy, along with TRACY, BILLY, PEL, BOT, KING2, P-NUT2, RIFF170 and others of that era, invented the entire arsenal of weapons(arrows, connections, loops, drips, platform serifs, chips, etc...) that we still use in what we now call "wild style". The amazing thing is that all these progressive innovations came about in a matter of months, from simple outlined tags and bubble letters to what would stand up against any technical"wild style" you can show me today. By 1977 it had all been done.

And for the record, while PHASE2 did use aliases (most notably "CAD") "PAIN" was not one of them. That "PAIN" panel piece above was done by Phase with Skeme during Phase's brief 1982 comeback (when Skeme brought him out and they pulled off the "TUFF CITY" top to bottom whole car. Phase did that piece for "PAIN" who was a white kid that went to Music and Art H.S. with Skeme and would rack all the paint for Skeme, but had no piecing skills. If you refer to "Subway Art" you can find a whack piece that Pain actually did himself on the 1 line with the inscription "HI COONEY!"(Cooney was our Dean at Music and Art H.S. at that time).

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why are there so few pictures for someone who played such a big part in bringing the elevation of styles to the point it's at today? I dont understand that, I've looked online many times, and nothing.

good start though.

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Originally posted by Proph UAcrew

why are there so few pictures for someone who played such a big part in bringing the elevation of styles to the point it's at today? I dont understand that, I've looked online many times, and nothing.

good start though.

 

is book has some great stuff of his in it. Most people with pictures from his era aren't posting them on the web. I'm guessing they're either holding out for something more lucrative or they just want to keep the gems to themselves. Also, the sad truth is- a lot of stuff was never photographed. In the grand scheme of things, the writer/photographer/ document- everything hybrid that we have today is a new[er] phenomenon.

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Guest krowteN

scotch always comin thru with the bombs for ya dome, ya heard. its the little shit like that that i love to hear.

but for real that dude king2 was super nasty.

i mean style, colors, technical anvancement-get loose!

 

Phase2 all i can say is get that book "style writing from the underground"

he breaks down the whole ®evolution of the graffiti funk style. amust for any collection.

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Guest imported_Europe

Good thread E.

And of course Scotch comes through with knowledge to make your jaw drop...

Phase's stuff is mindbogling. Too bad he is not that active anymore.

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truly a legend..spent some time wiyh him a few years back when he brought his slide show here..amazing stuff..pure first hand history.

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Guest willy.wonka

i think his style influenced a lot of hawaii's early writers..big ups for phase 2..its about time his work graced these boards

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AWSOME POST:)

 

Its a pity there is not more photo's available..

I once saw a photo in an old hype mag (an ozzie publication) of Phase 2's wild styles and it flipped my lid,i think did he not only pioneer alot of graffiti style but he was very well versed on fine art history, tell me if im wrong here but almost see some of picasso's influence shinning through his wild styles..

 

Phase 2 is the true master of graffiti.

His influence is obvious all over the world in early graffiti, in australia i think Merda (a master in his own right) is a good example of this.

 

I have never seen his book but i think i will have to get a copy.

 

Does any one know if he is still producing art of any kind (ie graffic art, canvas's or graffiti) because it would be nice to know that this king is still shining at his chosen vocation.

 

Amazing!!!!

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Guest cool christ

shut the fuck up

your breath is total fire

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Originally posted by evileats

I see him from time to time...he MCs at Drum and Bass nights, very 'ragga' london style, and goes to jams and clubs and shit.

 

Ummm, ok. You sure about that evileats???

 

So yeah, a true Pioneer. Try to catch that edition of Videograf that has him talking to the camera for about 10 minutes. A very interesting character and a true pioneer of writing.

 

A question - how old is this cat, and how old would he have been in the mid to late seventies when he and his contemporaries were coming up with all this innovative stuff. One of the most beautiful things about 'graffiti' to me is that it's an art form totally invented by people who would be considered children by most of society.

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Guest YinzerXpress

another nice thread, i agree long overdue, i just want to see some more flicks so keep posting shit

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