Raised in the Bronx by first generation Latino immigrants, Julius Cavero received his artistic training in the streets when he started in the 1970’s, tagging the name “King 13” every time he’d win a challenge, performing daredevil tricks on swings in local parks. His art on trains had a take-no-prisoners attitude and he quickly gained a reputation as a style master for creating exciting and innovative whole cars. He later became the president of TNB (The Nasty Boyz) and ex-president of TVS (The Vamp Squad), one of the most notorious New York graffiti crews. T-KID is still active and his work can be seen in the Bronx as well as around the world. He is also a member of MAC crew from Paris. T-Kid was originally asked to be the narrator for the Hip-Hop documentary Style Wars but he declined.
By the early 1980’s his trains were the ones to watch out for and were photographed by photographer Henry Chalfant and included in the book, “Subway Art.” Today Julius, travels around the world collaborating with other style masters and influencing new generations with his paintings.
More recently T-Kid has appeared in Marc Ecko’s 2006 video game, Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. Also in the book “The Terrible Nasty T-Kid 170,” which chronicles the artist’s life from childhood to the present and features pictures of his work by graffiti photographer Henry Chalfant. He also appeared in the Graffiti Documentary ‘Bomb it’ – directed by Jon Reiss and more recently a film biography directed about his life as a graffiti artist.
Directed by Carly Starr Brullo Niles called ‘The Nasty Terrible T-KID 170’
Steven D. Ogburn, aka Blade, is one of the artists who emerged in the 1970s. Born 23 January 1957, he shaped the graffiti we know and love today. Blade is a famed New York-based aerosol artist and a proud owner of the title King of Graffiti since he painted over five thousand trains with his striking characters. Famous for his whole cars, he became an icon of the New York City and a hero-figure for the younger generation of street artists. Today he exhibits his work internationally.