1970s NY graffiti artists still have urge to tag

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 1:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's graffiti artists of the 1970s and '80s are having a hard time putting down their spray-paint cans.

Andrew Witten was better known about 30 years ago by the street name Zephyr. He was a master at spray-painting extravagant graffiti pieces on freight and subway trains, called train-bombing. He and a generation of urban latchkey kids sprayed their initials all over Manhattan and landed in the city's street art scene.

Now, Witten is 51 and a single father. He spends his days painting and selling his art to galleries and buyers. But he's still tempted by the dangers of graffiti and spray-painting his initials on other people's property, called tagging.

He says painting graffiti is a liberating experience.

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