UP5 Preview – The Boys from the Heights
The legendary “Boys from the Heights,” Mike 171 and SJK 171 and their crew welcomed UP writer Emma Riva into their graffiti family. She reflects on her own upbringing in Washington Heights and how these New York icons handle their legacy in a changing art scene.
Taki 183 and Blek Le Rat Cross Paths in Cleveland
UP managing editor Emma Riva covers the historic meeting of Taki 183 and Blek Le Rat that took place not in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, or London, but in the city of Cleveland, Ohio and reflects on what this means for graffiti’s place in art history and in her own personal journey as an art writer in the Rust Belt.
The Boys from the Heights at Graffiti HeArt
Graffiti legends Mike 171, SJK 171, Taki 183, JEC *, and Henry 161 headlined a three-day event at Cleveland’s Graffiti HeArt. Read what happens when Cleveland gets some of the classic Washington Heights grit and hospitality.
Arts in Transit at One Art Space
This past week, One Art Space hosted graffiti legends from Washington Heights, the Bronx, and Queens for a lively panel and vibrant exhibit. Read Emma Riva’s account of these graf writers’ adventures from patrolling the 207th St “Ghost Yard” to tagging airplanes at JFK.