CBS Crew’s Melrose Graffiti Gallery

by thebradmiskell

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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  1. 1 Anonymous on January 28, 2011 5:17 pm

    moxer46 dft r2b fua crew!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 2 John Casado on February 25, 2011 3:17 am

    I wanted to know if I can get the CBS CREW to paint my wall at my business and home??? Would you write back at my e-mail address.
    Thank you,
    John

  3. 3 kaiter cbs on February 28, 2011 5:42 am

    Cbs graffiti has always been the look up for me comming from los angeles to san diego writting on walls. writers from the southside part of california have seen some of my work and think its dope. atlas the legendary from cbs let me in bringging with me kidder he a bro to me we are the only two repping cbs graff crew in sunny daygo still respecting the graff comming from artist and living life holding a can writing cbs all over the world !

  4. 4 J. Stoner and the Stoner Family on August 2, 2011 6:51 pm

    Rest in Peace, Tony Murrillo, aka BASIC CBS. Props to No Self Control krew, Mentor and Semer. And props to Rimer, BADK, my grafitti mentor. _Stoner

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