“Forty years ago, an article in the July 21,1971 issue of the New York Times ignited the graffiti movement in New York. With its profile on the then 17-year-old Demetrius, a Manhattan teenager who was known locally by his ubiquitous “tag” of TAKI 183, graffiti had officially arrived.”

Last night, on the 40th anniversary of the above mentioned article, July 21, 2011, TAKI 183 was present at The Hole gallery  for a special event with Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon, authors of a new book on the history of this colorful and influential art form – The History Of American Graffiti. TAKI 183 also wrote the forward to the book.

Photography by Jacob Breinholt for Curated.

Much more after the jump.

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