Wicked Gary story
With the exception of the
book GETTING UP by Craig Castleman, you won't find much
written about them in any of the books on graff or the websites. Their
place in the history of graffitti, though, is as important as the introduction
to NYC of the Broadway Elegant style by some cats from Philly. The Ex-Vandals
were the first and perhaps only group to exist solely for the purpose
WG: At first, there were 7 of us: Dino Nod (prez/founder), me, Big Time Glass Top, Flin, Wicked Wesley, Conrad is Bad and King of Kool. How the concept came about is we were all pretty well known as writers in terms of our areas and our school. One day somebody was like, " Well, can you imagine if we were all writing the same name how much it would be around and how popular it would be if we were all writing the same name?"
Short for Experienced Vandals, the inspiration for their name came from another local crew, the Vanguards. More like a bunch of cats from around the way than a gang, the Vanguards were known for writing as well as whuppin' ass to hold it down for their area. The Ex-Vandals, however, at their inception, made one rule explicitly clear: they existed for no other reason than writing.
WG: That was one of the rules that was designated on day one, that we're not about fighting, cuz we're like, "Well, you know, if we become this group, we're gonna have these other groups coming after us. We're only about writing. As long as we stick to that and tell everybody from moment one we're not about fighting, and if a situation comes up, you walk away. You run if you have to. We're not about fighting. It's about the writing.
Although they sometimes
got chased, being known as writers got them respect from other gangs
for the simple fact that they could go to different neighborhoods where
other gangs weren't welcome. It was known what they were about and so
they weren't fucked with... as much. They had some major confrontations
(as detailed in the book GETTING UP) but luckily never had to deal with
a situation where violence got out of hand.
had really really good lookin' female writers that were w/ us: Cowboy
(China), Daring Denny (Denise), Bad Bobby (Robin), Long Lightning Larry
(Lynn), Stoney (Deb), Dimples (Karen).... They were girls, they weren'
ruffnecks. They were good lookin', had fashion sense, they were into
being cute. Sometimes, they even wore hotpants. It helped throw the
Bombing runs were well organized, w/ meetings held every Fri. at Dino Nod's house. Sitting down w/ a subway map they'd decide which areas of the city to hit, what lines ,etc., then put their plan into action. Different teams of 8-9 kids each would take various assignments. While some would venture into neighborhoods not hit before, others hit the lay-ups, the tunnels and subway cars (insides and out).
WG: We'd all go skating at the Empire Roller Rink Fri. night , at least that was the excuse we used to get out the house. We'd meet up over there then go out and do our thing. After school,we'd go to the Burger Master on the corner of Empire and Flatbush, right at the Prospect Park D train stop. It was a good hang out spot to catch tags. The train was right there, you could catch the Franklin Ave.Shuttle, 41 bus, 48, 47...it was a transfer point. Lots of trains and buses stopped there. W/in crossing 1 or 2 streets, you'd be able to hit stuff that would move thru different neighborhoods. Ebbetts Field projects were 3 or 4 blocks away. Lotsa girls would come from over there...>>>>>> Ex-Vandals part 2 <<<<<<<