Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Los Angeles Graffiti Gems From 20 Years Ago

Before the interweb, before digital cameras, before graffiti was cool, there was Can Control. Can Control was one of the first graffiti magazines. It was the first that I saw that had pictures of Los Angeles graffiti. I studied every issue of Can Control like it was a bible. Can Control did not only feature Los Angeles writers, it also had writers from all over the country and sometimes from outside the country. Can Control was the first time I saw works of New York writers like Ket, Cope and Tkid. When I visited New York in the early 1990s, I was already familiar with their work.

So, why all the talk about Can Control? The following pictures were taken by Power, the creator of Can Control. These are true gems that I do not think anybody has pictures of. I believe the Strip, Risk, Nes were painted in 1989 and the Sleez, Chaka, Hex were painted in 1990. Be sure to check out Can Control's website where you can pick up back issues.
Strip + Risk + Power
Strip + Risk + Power

Risk WCA
Risk WCA

Nes by Power
Nes by Power

Sleez + Chaka + Chris + Sen + Hex LOD
Sleez + Chaka + Chris + Sen + Hex LOD

Sleez LOD
Sleez LOD

Chaka LOD IFK
Chaka LOD IFK

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

that was back in the day with the sick styles.. graff needs to get to that place of clean, good, tight work..

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