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The 50 Greatest NYC Graffiti Artists

12. Blade

Alias: Steve

Neighborhood: The Bronx

Years Active: 1972-1984

Blade is known as The King of Graffiti - a title that's hard to dispute. He's painted over 5,000 trains but is best remembered for his iconic whole-cars. He chose to paint characters he created instead of appropriating imagery like most writers. In 1980, he began using the trains for his more conceptual works - most notably, his Walking Letters car.

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