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YO! IF YOU ARE GRABBING MY SHOTS TO REPOST ELSEWHERE, NO PROBLEM, BUT GIVE ME PROPER PHOTO CREDIT.
Tren, 9-91, Melrose:
Kyle, 9-91, Belmont:
Take, Melrose, 9-91:
“COI” by Sacred, Sanborn yard, 9-91:
Krenz (Yem), 9-91:
Modem, Sanborn, 9-91:
Phyn at Motor, 9-91:
TPS battle production Vs LTS, Commerce yard, 3-96:
Here is the LTS production, 3-96
Surf and Plast, I believe, Motor yard, 10-91:
Shivr, Motor yard, 10-91:
Clae, Motor yard, 10-91:
Perk (Soor), Sanborn yard, 10-91:
Dream, Motor yard, 10-91:
A great example of under-reported history is that of the KTE family, a crew that has a strong history in L.A. graff, but that quietly went about their business without as much notice as they deserved. I mean to rectify that as best I can here and now. Here is their history as kicked down by Taloe (who also wrote Talo):
KTE—Kings Tribe, Keeping The Essence, Killing Time Everyday—began in 1989 and was the main family which contained both the older and newer generation of writers and piecers that actively carried the name into the late 90’s when the crew unofficially disbanded. To be put in, there were trial periods that led to an initiation of skills handed down and taught to the newer generation. It was made up of members from 3A, P2I, AWR and AD. It was founded by Kaos, Tork, and Eclipse. After a couple years the AWR’s went their own way. KTE was Kaos, Tork, Besh, Jear, Soke, Smerk, Zink, Caso, Taph, Deil, Taloe, Rate, Zeb, Binky, Bahn, Jake, Aunix, Deceit, Format/4mat, Credit, Mask, Kaper, Kanx, Chino, Sibu and Sabio. KTE currently has active members today still representing, mainly Taloe, Mask, Zeb and freshly added to the crew, Never. To this day they remain a tight knit crew and nobody was ever “just let in.” You had P2I—Piece 2 Impress—which was started in 1986 by Kaos, Vertik, Tork, and Shamer, a crew that was very selective of who was let in, and made putting in hours at the yard a requirement to even be considered. P2I is Kaos, Tork, Shamer, Vertik, Besh, Ferst, Taloe, Jake, Soke, Jear, Smerk and Deil. 3A, Against All Authority, was started by a guy named Lotus. Besh, who was his childhood friend assumed the main head position later on and ran a very tight ship. Besh and Caso were the ones that really put it on the map as far as piecing and bombing go. The 3A roll call is Lotus, Besh, Caso, Zink, Rate, Sibu, Taph and Taloe. Then finally we have ETB–Expect The Best, Exploding Time Bombs–that started in 1991 and was comprised of members from West LA and the San Fernando Valley. ETB was initially made up of a three KTE members, Caso, Taph, and Zeb. It later would comprise of mainly the foot soldiers from the KTE family and outside members. A slew of missions by Deil, Ster and Bohr would put the crew on the map for Los Angeles. ETB members were Caso, Taph, Zeb, Simr, Deil, Ster, Bohr/Bore, Bord, Klent, Kanx, Binky, Mask, Deceit, Sasoe, Ramble, Bahn, and a few others. All crews—P2I, 3A, KTE, and ETB—combined, are pretty much West L.A. based with a few members in the Valley and Hollywood. With 30 years of Los Angeles graffiti influence, with very few still representing, remains a culture and family that still paints today.
And now for a gallery of KTE related writers in chronological order (and as I continue scanning my archive, I’ll post other KTE photos as I find them):
Besh at Sanborn, 5-91:
P2I at Motor yard, 10-91:
Ok, that’s what I’ve been able to find in my archives at this point. I’ve only scanned thoroughly up to 3-97, so I hope and imagine I’ll find more KTE/3A/PTI stuff. When I do, I’ll be posting it!
This is a wide shot of the fence of the Whitsett and Sherman Way yard in 9-93. I posted it on Facebook, and thought I’d show some closer shots of some of the pieces.
Krises and Look:
Simple and Vibe:
Mek and Vibe:
And finally Look and Krises again. There were a pile of pieces on the building back itself, and perhaps I’ll post them sometime as well!
Here is a gallery of shots from July 1993 taken at 7th and Santa Fe.
“GMK” – Gimmick SA10K and “KANDLE” – Candle UTK5 (now UTK9), SA10K
“PUNK” SA10K (now part of UTK9 aswell) and CACTUS UTK, SA10K experimenting with “kung fu” fonts and ‘new’ signature.
Ok, drum roll please! Here are the detail shots from the UTI Compton production of 1994:
The word credits are: “It’s” by Thus; “Like” by Phooe; “A” by Deal; “Jungle” by The Kid Krael; “Some” by Reel; “Times” by Skill; “It” by P45; “Makes” by Theme; “Me” by Raso; “Wonder” by Thus; “How” by Italo; “I” by Skill; “Keep” by Ghost; “From” by Deal; “Going” by Crises; “Under” by Skill; with characters by Bison (far left character with dreds), Nuke on the left (bronze sunglasses and skull ear rings), Reel face on right, and Chee B-Boy with gun far right.
Here are a few pieces from a Skate Memorial event at Conart in October 1993.
Just and Tyke:
Coax and Tyke:
I had a chance to so some benching in Ames Iowa in September and caught some nice trains, including three by my L.A. homies. I would’ve shot more, but I had limited space on my camera (forgot to bring the download cable).
I took these shots at the Brewery (artist studio complex in L.A.) in June 1991, but according to Tempt, they were done in 1990: “Charlie DTK, Frame DTK, Ket RIS, Zeno RIS and Power CBS hamming it up in front of some pieces they had just rocked at The Brewery off the 5fwy in downtown LA, 1990. Zeno and Ket had just flown out from NYC for the first time, and it was almost a week of straight-up TCOB!”
A GREAT WALL ON MELROSE, AUGUST 1997:
First, the crude merge:
And the individual shots…
Krush (bottom) and Bleek (top)
Groove, Grem and Rob One
Fuse and Phyn
IOWA BENCHING March-April 2013
I was in Iowa from mid-March to early April and had a chance to do some benching. Here are some of the best that rolled through. Five are from clearly identifiable L.A. writers or crews. This is the first of several batch posts. Some of the L.A. boys will be in the next batch.
Iowa March/April Part 2
A few final selections from 11-91 at Motor Yard
12-91 Starting with Dream and Benx at Motor.
Also at Motor, Fade:
Then across town to Sanborn yard, starting with Jero:
Pure on the right with ? on the left.
Size, and is that a Bash character?
Followed by this “Seek” by Skill