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.
Ink 27 (Rio / Justice) - big thanks to Mark for sending me this. Set 3
Top 1, Set 3, Ran, Tilt + others 1986
Ran (Cast) at Harrow On the Hill Set 3 & Ran throw ups running
Hyde by Hyde
Kis 42, Sirius, Hyde Shot 1
Claire by Set 3
Mal by Jano, CD
Coma, DLZ, Kingz Of the Met
Ink 27 (Justice, Rio 2) Part of a whole train done at Rickmansworth in 1986.
Nice 1, Abuse 87
Tilt Kis 42
Kis 42 Tuf, Hit N' Run
above pics from Cade North Side
Rock the Met Like This by Set 3
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, Rem, Cast
Foam Sage by Kis 42
List, USM Cre8 & Sir Beau
Rise & Adic Sirius & Kis 42
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.
Merk, ACR -done at New Cross, 1987 Merky Xmas by Merk, ACR - East London Line rather than Metropolitan Line.
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, CD - 1987 Set 3 - 1987
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
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
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.
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
Hate & Foam, G Yard, 1987 - thanks to Hate for these photo
Train jam 1987.
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.
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
Central Bad Inc.(CBI) - Loughton - 1984/85 Bones, CBI
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.