The other day, while cleaning up the studio after some internal renovations (the installation and organization of a painting storage rack) I happened across a shoebox of old graffiti photos from back in the day. That got 4th Floor Studio to reminiscing of the late nights and alleyways from whence it came. Here is a small documentation of the larger, and mostly painted-over, body of work which, in the nineties, used to exist in Toronto’s back alleys and train yards.
Graf has changed very little over the years. Some people have brought their own innovative approaches to it but they are the rarities, for the most part it has remained fixed in a tradition established thirty years ago on the subway cars of New York. If you can date me through these photos it’s only in that they place me in the range of being someone involved in third-wave graffiti, while also being someone who used a non-digital camera – creating dusty photographs taped together to make panoramics stored in a shoebox to stumble across while cleaning up his studio after building new painting racks.
Sometimes I still think about hanging up all the other forms of artwork and just going back to the alleys.