Underground Diaries, Part 23
One afternoon in October ’06, Didrik and I rode up the beach to the Venice Pits — now known as the Venice Art Walls — to get started on our graffiti feature. (We did most of our work on Underground out of my place, which is a short way down the beach from the walls.) There were guys there who were either in or on the fringes of L.A. graff crews CBS (Can’t Be Stopped) and USC (Unstoppable Criminals).
No one was that keen about having their faces on camera, but that didn’t stop them from talking with us. One young Russian kid known as Rashone offered to hook us up with some of his accomplished friends in CBS Crew. CBS Crew is a legendary Los Angeles group of graff writers who oversee all the alley walls around Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. CBS has been around long enough that second-generation crew members are now among the older and most respected writers in today’s L.A. graff scene.
Rashone was cool and humble enough to introduced us to one such revered “elder,” Dytch66, who set up the production we shot for the Six-Hour Wall time-lapse video. In this vid, we look at some of CBS Crew’s rad Melrose Ave work while Dytch talks a little about respect — or the lack thereof — by certain members of the media and wannabe graff writers. The guys remained reluctant about too much on-camera face-time but were generous with their time.
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