Aliases: DEAL, ERIC 700 Primary affiliations: CIA Local origin: NYC
Lines hit: Js, LLs, Ms, Fs, 5s, 2s

Eric “DEAL” Felisbret, is a former graffiti artist, lecturer, and an acknowledged authority on graffiti history. He has spent several decades participating in the culture, observing and documenting it.

Raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 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 paint. He was intrigued by the culture's origins and backstories. He set out to learn every detail he could about the movement. Being an active graffiti artist served as fieldwork, allowing for intimate access to and a first-hand understanding of the culture. During this time he began to conduct informal interviews and photograph work by graffiti artists across the city. In the mid-1990s, Eric along with fellow graffiti artist SPAR ONE, they began to record formal interviews with graffiti artists. Then in 1998 they launched, a comprehensive online documentation of New York City's graffiti sculture 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. He has also cosulted for ad agencies in the interest securing graffiti artists for design work.

In 2009, Abrams published his book Graffiti New York -- an observation of the art form across four decades.

Currently Eric is producing a series of documentary shorts focusing on the lives of New York City graffiti artists.

Eric   Press:
New York Times: Room for Debate -- When Does Graffiti Become Art?
New York Times: Graffiti’s Story, From Vandalism to Art to Nostalgia
Wall Street Journal: Development Set to Sprout in West Farms
BBC News: Great Art? The graffiti of the New York subway
Detroit Free Press: A street art culture clash as graffiti goes mainstream
Time Out New York: Graffiti styles: Five types of street art and artists to look for

New York Magazine: The Writing on the Wall
New York Daily News:
Graffiti icon to be torn down in Queens

Wall Street Journal: Mystery Taggers Target British Street Artist Banksy's N.Y. Works

Eric is available for consulting and speaking engagements. He can be reached at

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