Documenting the history of writing is inevitably subjective. Due to the fact that it is an underground movement and the life span of works can be as brief as days, most of history is limited to word-of-mouth accounts. We here @149st have made a modest attempt to encapsulate the history. In addition to witnessing history first hand, we have spoken directly with many participants. Keep in mind that this site is a work in progress and its aim is to build towards an accurate telling of history.

With respect to the pioneering stage, of particular importance is the book Style: Writing From The Underground By PHASE 2 and David Schmidlapp.

We also recommend Subway Graffiti: An Aesthetic Study of Graffiti on the Subway System of New York City, 1970-1978. By Jack Stewart and the classic for the newer school, Subway Art by Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper.

Our own book, Graffiti New York is also recommended.

History in text-Part 1

History in text-Part 2

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