"Graffiti writers around the world know the name that started it all: Taki183. A greek kid from 183rd Street in Washington Heights. Taki183’s simple signature captured the attention of a reporter and, on July 21, 1971, the article "TAKI 183 Spawns Pen Pals" appeared in The New York Times. (PDF Download).  Just like that, he became a graffiti legend, with rumors spreading that he even tagged a Secret Service car and the Statue of Liberty. Amid all the rumors, Taki183 remained silent. Now, almost four decades later, Taki183 has emerged to tell a bit of his story. Our friend Roger Gastman  Sat down with 57 years old Taki for this ilovegraffiti.de SMALLTALK.

What do you think it is about graffiti that makes it so attractive to kids?

I think graffiti is attractive to kids because it’s a cheap way to get notoriety. If you’re not a great athlete, if you’re not a great scholar, you can always be a great writer and everybody will know you.

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