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Lady Pink talks Wild Style, Mentoring Young Artist and The Art of Rebellion

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A few days ago I had an incredible conversation with the “First Lady of Graffiti” Lady Pink. In this episode we talk about her early days of painting trains with elite graffiti writers, proving herself, playing the construction game and mentoring young artists.

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Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, raised in NYC and currently resides in the countryside north of the city. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. In 1982 she had a starring role the motion picture “Wild Style”. That role and her other significant contributions to graffiti have made her a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture.

Show Notes

Lady Pink

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  • Well Defined Sub-Cultured
  • Learned about Tagging, Train Yards and Lifting Paint
  • Jumped Out the Window with a Bag of Paint
  • Carrying a Big Knife
  • The Driving Force
  • Have Adventures
  • Oh To Be A Rebel
  • Glory, Props & Fame
  • Breaking the Law
  • Prove Your Worth
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Lady Pink

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  • Proofreading and Spell Checking
  • Working with a Team 
  • Can’t Come off Looking Foolish
  • Quick Story from filming Wild Style
  • Had to be Seen in Public Painting her own Work
  • People are going to talk…
  • Wanted to be an Architect
  • Up on a Cherry Picker
  • The Beautiful Brick Women 
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Life Upstate 
  • Police Raids
  • NYPD Vandal Squad
  • SWAT Team
  • Stacey Richmond 
  • Rob, Pillage and Rape
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Lady Pink

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  • Hand Down the Craft and Skills
  • Failure is Not an Option
  • Budding Feminist
  • Bringing More Women into the Craft
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  • Doing Public Art 
  • Working on the Rachael Ray Show
  • This is America
  • Playing the Game
Lady Pink

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Lady Pink

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