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Tube map from 1986

 

Metropolitan Line AKA The Big Met

The Metropolitan Line was one of the first to attract graffiti, the fact that it largely ran above ground and the ease of the rural depots meant it attracted those who wanted to recreate that New York feel. The big seats with large hidden away panels and plenty of empty carriages attracted taggers. Harrow-On-The-Hill station became the logical place to watch your name go by and a regular writers bench became established at the end of the north bound platforms. 

 

Set 3 & Elf throw ups. Early names on the big met.


         

Tilt & Coma getting buffed.                                                                        Coma

 

                    

Tilt, Ran (Cast), Reme & Coma bombing.                                                      The cleaners at Neasden get to work.

 

                       

Dsire, Deino                                                                                                      Tilt - from http://www.flickr.com/photos/80522216@N00/

 

        

Car                                                                                                                                                      Ran (Cast)

 

     

Set 3                                                                                                                                                                       Bos

 

Excel, NWA 


Robbo

 

       

Ran throw up getting buffed.                                                                                                        Kis 42 throw up.


Set 3, Ran

 

    

Ink 27 (Rio / Justice) - big thanks to Mark for sending me this.                                                                                                                          Set 3

 

     

Top 1, Set 3, Ran, Tilt + others 1986


    

Set 3


     

Ran (Cast) at Harrow On the Hill                                                                                       Set 3 & Ran throw ups running


Nice 1

 

Hyde by Hyde




           

Kis 42, Sirius, Hyde                                                                                                        Shot 1


Claire by Set 3


     

Kez                                                                                                                         Envy


    

Mal by Jano, CD

                                                

Coma, DLZ, Kingz Of the Met 


   

Coma                                                                                                                                                                

 

Ink 27 (Justice, Rio 2)  Part of a whole train done at Rickmansworth in 1986.   


  Nice 1,  Abuse 87


Tilt


Cast


Dam

 

      

Tilt                                                                                                                                                           Kis 42


       

Rad                                                                                                                                               Coma

 

       

Kis 42                                                                                                                                                      Tuf, Hit N' Run

above  pics from Cade North Side


    

Tilt                                                                                                                                 Coma


 

Rock the Met Like This by Set 3


Tilt 1986


 

  

Rio 27 ? & ?

 

Kis 42 piece & Sir Beau throw ups.


Noize, TVZ (Transit Vandalz)

 

Ran, another name Cast used to write. Part of  Sir Ran Rocks LRT window down wholecar.

Coma


     

Coma, Rem, Cast    



Acine


           

Foam                                                                                                  Sage by Kis 42                                                                                            

 

          

List, USM                                                                                                                                     Cre8 & Sir Beau

 

            

Rise & Adic                                                                                                                              Sirius & Kis 42


 

Tilt, Diode


Tilt piece from about 1986. the dedication next to it reads "Tilt your hat with respect" & on the other side is a dedication to Lou, who I think was a female writer going out with Tilt at the time.   Lou used to get up with another female writer called Kan D.
Tilt got a 2 year prison sentence (he was 21 at that time) in 1989 after a few writers got caught due to BTP raiding the house of some guy making a documentary about graf and finding photos of Tilt and others tagging.

 

            

Mane                                                                                                                                       Paul by Dusk

(Thanks to Rise for the above 6 photos.)

 

 

        

Kis 42, Cre 8  - from Comp's Flickr -  http://www.flickr.com/photos/27543950@N04/                             Envy, Kez

 

Bos by Set 3 Feb 1987 by you.        Ran by Cast 1986 by you.

Bos (Set 3) 1986                                                                                                                          Ran (Cast) 1986

 

     

Tilt                                                                                                                                         Sirius, CD

     

Kis 42


     

Bus 1                                                                                                                      Cen


 

Dusc & Mane, Met Mob

 

              

Merk, ACR   -done at New Cross, 1987                                             Merky Xmas by Merk, ACR - East London Line rather than Metropolitan Line.


     

Rome, ACR

 

           

Cheeba by Kis 42                                                                                                                     

 

    

Coma                                                                                                                   Coma piece being buffed at Neasden.

 

     

 Another shot of that Coma piece.                                                            

 

             

Kis 42 & Tilt unfinished pieces.                                                                                     unfinished D-Sire

 

    

unfinished kis 42 piece                                                                                                          unfinished Kast piece. 

 

Jano apr 1987 by you.        Set 3 Apr 1987 feat woodend boys by you.

Jano, CD - 1987                                                                                                         Set 3 - 1987

 

Pink DSM apr 1987 by you.

Pink, DSM  - 1987

above 3 pics - Obtained by Jano CD from Bud R.I.P's cousin KUTE
Better quality photos will appear in Kute's forthcoming book about the gangs of West London.


Mags by Kez

 

           

Revenge by Coma                                                                                                                       Bus One, New Wave Arts (East London Line done at New Cross)

 

             

Krush by Coad 5, ACR. Done in Uxbridge roundabout easter time 1987. Along with the Rebelz Rock Dudes window down wholecar by Merk & Crude.

 

       

 

Rebelz Rock by Merk

 

                

 Rock by Merk                                                                                                          Dudes by Crude

 

    

Set 3                                                                                                                                        Jano & Bud 

              

Jeny by Rel                                                                                                                   SE Rocs by Charp

 

            

Jeny br Rel                                                                                                                      Crame 125, 1987 (thanks to Rise for these 2)

 

     

D-Sire, CD                                                                                                                  D-Sia & Cre-8

 

Kis 42, 1987

 




Hammersmith & City / Circle Line AKA The Little Met.

The "Little Mets" as they became known, were popular with writers due to their large flat sided carriages with panels to piece on, this gave them more of a "New York" feel than the more rounded type of tube train on lines such as the Central & Northern. The line also had sections that ran above ground and through the Ladbroke Grove area which had early on established itself as the centre of London wall graffiti. As a large number of writers in and around London would regularly visit this area it seemed a good option for people to have their name on the trains serving those stations.

A clean Little Met about to pull into Paddington station on the Hammersmith & City line.

 

    

Ink 27 (Justice, Rio 2) sitting at the Edware Rd sidings.                                                                                           Ink 27, Hate, Pain 73 (Foam), Cazbee tags

 
 
          
 
Cane 1, Nonstop Arts                                                                                                                                 SM by Scam
 
 
 
 
       
 
Deck by Prime, WRH, THR                                                                                                     Crash
 
 
 
 
Reckless by Doze, We Rock Hard (WRH).


  

Starz by Robbo
 
 

 
Cast
 
 
 
Fuel, ITC - Parsons 1986
                                                                                                                   

      

Polo 2, Dam                                                                                                                          


      

?                                                                                                                                       Bus, Shuto ?



    

Crazy by Prime                                                                                                                 Rel

 
 
      
 
Fuel, ITC (Inter-Crime)                                                                                                                  Fued, ITC - first mission to Parsons
 
 
 
 
      
 
early Fuel outline
 
 
 
          
 
Urge (Polo 2), AKS



Bus 1, Fume, Shutu, Car 138, Urge
 
 
        
 
Fuel by Fuel, Cop posing in front in G.


    

Supreme by Prime

 
 
 
         
 
Noize 207, NWA (New Wave Artz)                                                                                                 Robbo
 
 
 
 
 
Don, UBG (Urban Gangsterz)
 
 
             
 
Rome, ACR (All City Rebelz)                                                                                                        Rome, ACR
 
 

 
Andie by Seize, So Tuff Crew
 
 
 
 
       
 
      Bus                                                                                                                                      knet?


     
 
Doze, WRH                                                                                                                                  Jemima by Choci, WRH
 
 
 
      
 
Fame by Crude
 
 
 
City Boy by Coad 5, ACR
 
 
 
 
Dukes Crush by Fuel, CCD
 
 
 
 

 
Mr  Fued or Feum
 
 
 
            
 
Skate by Scate                                                                                                                         Rel by Rel (Ganja)


     
 
???           
 
 
           
 
part of "Classic" piece by Fuel, done at Moorgate, 1987.                                                    Sneek by Noise 207
                                                                                                                            
 
 
 
   
 
 Mister Merc by Merc, ACR


Outline for Mister Merk piece by Merc


    

Kold Krush Dukes


 
 
      
 
Fuelish  by Fuel                                                                                                              Bridge by  Fuel
 
 
 
Another shot of that Fuelish piece by Fuel.



Fuelish outline
 

     

Crame ?                                                                                                                            ?

     

Hate 12986 - Barking with Foam                                                                                Hate outline

 
 
     

Hate piece from Bad Meaning Good                                                                         Dodgy scan of a window down from Bad Meaning good.

 

    

?                                                                                                                                  Json by Envy


Deode by Deode, Rel by Rel, Sel by Shuto

 

 

Another shot of the Rel & Shuto pieces.

 

    

Cop by Cop ITC, Crush by Fuel  CCD, ITC.                                                      Fuel piece.

 

     

 Lucy by Fuel                                                                                                                      Rev, ITC


Cade, Rel, Flo 2



Bust by Flo 2, YDS                                                                                                         Reck 1


?                                                                                                                                    ?


Funky by Chane, YDS                                                                                                              Time by Rel

 

   

 Rome, ACR                                                                                                                         Cae 1 by Crame (Demo, Cade) 


 

Rocin by Rel                                                                                                                             Stash by Foam


     

Cazism by Cazbee.

 

Chrome San Mac window down wholecar on the Little Met in 1987.


                         

Mac by Seize part of the window down wholecar above.                                                  Crame


     

Hate - Barking 1987 - unfinished                                                                                Hate - farringdon 1987 - unfinished


     

YDS                                                                                                                                                Mint


Excel 502


Fuel


    

Hate & Foam, G Yard, 1987  - thanks to Hate for these photo

 

             

Train jam 1987.

 

     

Mean                                                                                                                                                  Fuel

 

    

Hater by Hate, Moorgate 1987


Funki by Coad 5, ACR

 

Crush by Fuel, CCD.

 

           

Another view of  this Fuel piece. Photo taken by Skire.                                                                                          Character by Seize


 


Flo 2, Fued, Reck - thanks for the photo


    

Master by Prime

 

       

 Splat by Fuel                                                                                                                Tram, Stop


Foam by Foam, Snyper by Prime

 

Karst by Cast

 

Another view of that Cast piece.


Fuel

 

outline by Hate

 

Hate by Hate, Mad Ethnics Crew

 

C. Rok by Coma, next to the Hate piece above.

 

T Kaize Train by Grand


     

unfinished Maks & Foam pieces - photo Comp

 

Cheeba Wizards by Scate & Floe 2


Waki Races by Scate



    

Hate 1987                                                                                                                  Hate 1987 - Moorgate or Farringdon


Living On A Prayer - 2 wholecars by Rel                                                       

 

                 

Robbo, first Aldgate mission.                                                                            Love by Rel      

 

 Robbo




Other Lines

 

     

Central Bad Inc.(CBI) - Loughton - 1984/85                                                                    Bones, CBI


Robbo WRH

 

             

Jus' Def by Urge                                                                                                                                                                     Fun 42, Robbo 484

 

Set 3


Rocin Da City by Robbo 


              

Rocin The City                                                                                                      Cane 1 & Time tags.

 

Rocin The City, NSA by Cane 1, Nonstop Arts

 

Runnin-Scared-Hoodlum         Reputation-by-Rep1-AKS

Running Scared by Urge                                                                                         Reputation by Rep1, AKS

 

Pete-by-Cause-AKS

Pete by Urge

- above pics from Urges flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/20125194@N03/

Urgent by Urge

      

Set 3                                                                                                                                      Pursue ??

Cane 1



Don on an old Central

 

Don


            

Sham 59                                                                     Chane


Rock by Robbo, WRH

 

                 

 

                 

Smak 2                                                                                                             Same




LID (Living It Daily) Carl, Seize, Chrome 307 & Arianne - Golders Green 1987


Rev, ITC 


    

Coap 2                                                                                                                Smak 2


     

Insane,  In 2                                                                                                                Karl

 

Robbo & ??


Set 3 wholecar, Xmas 1986, Picadilly at South Harrow


Them Incredible Rebels by Merc & Coad 5, ACR on a Picadilly


Reez


 

Shrime


Rebelz by Rel, All City Rebelz (ACR)

 

    

Merc ACR on a Picadilly                                                                                                                               Reez

 

       

Yese, Hit n Run on a Jubilee                                                                                             Rak



     

Saga                                                                                                                        Sham


       

Angel                                                                                                                                   


     

Rome, ACR

 

     

 Rite 1 panel next to Jano, from "Bad Meaning Good" documentary.          Jano straight letter from the 1987 "Bad Meaning Good" documentary. Done in Neasden.

 

     

Cheeba Kis by Kis 42 on the Bakerloo shown on Bad Meaning Good.


     

First ever top to bottom whole car done in London5, Stanmore, May 1986 by Coma & Tilt                     Test by Tilt


 

District Line

 

Check's 1st tube - 1984


    

Check 1985                                                                                                             Check 1985

 

Mega

 

      

Surfin USA by Nonstop Arts                                                                                                                                         Check - Xmas 86

 

     

NLZ, Rage by Rage No Limitz crew.                                                                                                              ?


    

Funky Love by Check, 1985 


Cash                                                                                                                                                


     

Wanted by Rio 27 & Cazbee, 1986 

 

   

All Time Vandals by Check, Reds 27 & Race 23.



 

              

Kingz                                                                                                            Convince by Merc, 1987 - Upminster

 

Dome 1987, Upminster. - from Mercs MySpace page - http://www.myspace.com/mistermerc

 

                

Don, Urban Gangsters - done at Acton in the day time                                                                                                                                        Don


Cazbee

 

3 Hand

Touch Of Class by Urge


    

Envy                                                                                                                                         Envy, Rel & others in Acton Town - 1986 - thanks to Envy for the photo


Sins by Rome, ACR & Coad  by Coad 5, ACR


Check


 

   

Cazbee, DSS

 

    

Kaster


     

Coma                                                                                                                           Goldie


     

Sure Shots, Enterprise - Rio 2                                                                                                 


Inter Crime (ITC) by Fuel??




 

          

Macs ITC                                                                                                                             Car 138



 

Fuel

 

        

All City Rebels by ACR, Coad 5, Merc


Cazbee

 

     

Sach by Rome, ACR - 1987, Acton - Thanks to Rome for this                                                                             27 by  Redeem 27, Ealing Common, 1987

 

     

Kick 4 ??                                                                                             

                      

    

Coma                                                                                                                                          Kast


Da Sure Shots (DSS) Roc by Cazbee


Frantic by Prime & ??. Same train as the Don One piece below

 

Don One by Don

 

Rome by Mister Eps.       

 Rome 1, ACR    - from http://www.flickr.com/photos/31236486@N02/                                                                            Rome 1, ACR

 

            

Money by Fuel, CCD                                                                                               Race23 & ??


Dome 1


All City Rebels (ACR) by Merc & Coad 5


Ganja by Rel, 1987

 

Kash Money by Foam & Fuel of the Cold Crush Dukes CCD. The District window down wholecar that appeared on the Bad Meaning Good documentary. 

 

                

Couple more shots of the Kash Money piece.

 

Evil RIP November 1987

  This was the first graffiti related death in the UK. At the inquest there was some question as to whether John had been in the wall hole on his own or if someone had been in there with him and there was a chance he had been pushed. Some of the other boys present at the station that night disappeared (some along with their entire families) shortly before the inquest. Even so a verdict of death by misadventure was passed. I have the ITV local news item about this which I've posted a link to below.
A year after Evil's death Steam, Karm & Rase were doing a tribute piece for him in Neasden Yard when they were chased by BTP and Rase died when he fell onto the electrified rails.

Clip from the news about Evil's death in 1987.

         

 

   

 

  

  

Tough Artz - Plazz & Drome 2 (dodgy quality) ~ 1987

 

     

TCA on Pebble Mill.


 footage of tube party from 1987

 


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