10. R.E. RANDY
R.E. RANDY was a founding member of the Gangsta Chronicles, a late 1970s-early 1980s gang that had chapters around the city. He was the first writer in DC to go all-city; his signature adorned the insides of buses and the outsides of many popular music venues. The R.E. in his name was an abbreviation of the name for his favorite go-go band Rare Essence. Randy would write his name in the traditional signature style, however he pushed stylistic boundaries by incorporating the logo of Rare Essence into his signature. That logo, which has a connected “R” and “E” leaning forward, served as the main form of the signature with the rest of the letters following suit in a forward lean. Additionally he would add an outline of the “R” and “E” giving it prominence, and make the “R” and “E”, a two-dimensional object. No known images of R.E. RANDY’s signatures exist today, our knowledge of his work comes from COOL “DISCO” DAN who cites Randy as his single biggest influence to begin writing, and the work of LIL R.E. RANDY who continued on Randy’s style into the late '80s. Indeed, many old school go-go writers are quick to mention him as the king. Sadly, Randy never made the transition to painting the newer form of graffiti, he like many south side writers got caught up in the drug wars that afflicted DC in the 1980s and is serving time in a federal penitentiary.