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The 50 Greatest NYC Graffiti Artists

24. Kel 139

Neighborhood: The Bronx

Years Active: 1977-1984

Kel 139 is one of those rare writers who's been involved with three major crews at a high level. In the late '70s, he left the elite IRT lines to join Dondi in Brooklyn, and the two writers spurred each other on. In 1979, he created Roc Stars, an elite style crew that would pull out window down burners on all 10 cars of whatever train they painted. They pulled off this feat numerous times. As that crew disintegrated, he moved on to become a pivotal member of RTW, helping to tighten up the style of the crew.

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