From Taki 183 from Blade to Iz the Wiz. Their names have reached stardom far beyond the graffiti culture and without them, no Seen, Banksy or REVOKE. In Classic Hits the pioneers tells all how they started and where graffiti took them. We follow them to a different New York and get a glimpse into their driving force. Together, the essays an invaluable picture of what graffiti was during the early, playful years. Graffiti is the greatest and most influential art movement of our time, created by youth, for youth. In Classic Hits, the key people and pioneers tells the story of their own story in unique images and text. Contains essays and quotes from: Ale One, All Jive 161, Blade, Cay 161, Checker 170, Clyde, Death, FDT 56, Flint 707, Iz The Wiz, Jester 1, Joe 182, Lava, LSD OM, Mico, Pnut 2, Roger 1, Ski 168, Snake 1, Taki 183 and Vamm. Alan Fleisher began to paint on subway trains in the Bronx in the summer of 1972 and painted many of 1970’s most famous graffiti artists. His unique knowledge of graffiti’s early years and long friendship with those he painted with gives a rare inside perspective. Paul Iovino grew up in the area around Morris Park in the Bronx and painted graffiti here in the late 1980s. Paul Iovino joined Alan Fleisher to present denmest obokade about 1970s graffiti ever published. The name Phase 2 first appeared on New York’s subway trains and walls 1971st His well-executed signature had style and his paintings were admired by other graffiti artists. Phase 2 is considered to be the first graffiti “StyleWriter” and his contribution to the graffiti culture is evident even today.