Aliases: DEAL, ERIC 700 Started:1975 Primary affiliations: CIA Local origin: NYC
Lines hit: Js, LLs, Ms, Fs, 5s, 2s
DEAL CIA, born Eric Felisbret, is a former graffiti artist, lecturer, and an acknowledged authority on graffiti history. He has spent over 30 years participating in the culture, observing and documenting it.
Raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Eric started tagging the streets of New York in 1975. Shortly after he ventured onto the subway. He hit lines in all three subway divisions including the J. Ms LLs, RRs, Es Fs,, 2s and 5s. Eric wrote for several crews such as TMA, CW, TNS and most notably for the prestigious CIA crew of Brooklyn where he functioned as the unofficial crew photographer. During this time he forged close and long-lasting friendships with some of the most important figures in the movement.
Eric's passion for graffiti ran much deeper than just the desire to tag. He was intrigued by its origins and motives. He made it his objective to learn every detail about its history and culture. Being an active graffiti artist served as fieldwork, allowing for intimate access to and a first-hand understanding of the culture. In the mid-1970s he began to conduct informal interviews and photograph work by graffiti artists across the city. In the mid-1990s, Eric along with his brother SPAR ONE, began to conduct formal interviews with graffiti artists. Then in 1998 they launched www.at149st.com, a comprehensive online documentation of New York City graffiti's culture and history.
The media consistently seeks Eric for his expertise on graffiti. He has frequently been quoted in The New York Times and has made numerous television and radio appearances, including NY1 Television, the BBC, NPR and MBC, South Korea. He also served as a dialogue consultant for NBC Television's Law & Order. His photographs have been published in The New York Resident, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Dondi White: Style Master General, Fuzz One: A Bronx Childhood and PART ONE The Death Squad. His writing on graffiti has appeared in Stress magazine, Elemental magazine and The Michigan Citizen.
In 2009 he wrote the book Graffiti New York-- an observation of the art form across four decades.
ERIC is available for consulting and speaking engagements. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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