Seen Graffiti Artist

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SEEN - UNITED ARTISTS CREW

SEEN BLOCK LETTERS

SEEN - BOMB

Seen graffiti artist, the godfather of graffiti.

Check out some of his pitures from the gallery. Seen is an old school graffiti writer , his real name is Richard Mirando was born in New York in 1961. At the age of 11 he started to participate in a form of art known as graffiti. In doing so he adopted and began writing the nickname Seen. He was born and bred in the Bronx and he first started to paint on the subway in the early seventies. What rapidly developed was a pitched battle between his crew and the “Vandal Squad“.

Over time Seen aka the Bronx Bomber became a pioneer of graffiti, and many people even consider him the Godfather of graffiti. As he became more and more well known in the city, he was also becoming more and more skilled. Historically artists have suffered for their art, but never before had it included car chases and police crackdowns. Each challenge simply heightened Seen’s ambitions, which extended well beyond New York, including tagging the Hollywood sign in LA.

It is reported that at one point in eighties in New York there were more pieces by Seen than billboards. Where others tagged on the subway and ran, Seen and his crew – United Artists – painted whole cars. After featuring in the documentary ‘Style Wars‘ it also circumnavigated the globe, inspiring countless others. His influence on graffiti is without precedent.

The significance of Seen’s work also goes beyond the subways of New York. In 1981 it took a seat alongside the work of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Basquiat in the exhibition “New York / New Wave” at P.S.1. A genre that began as a form of subversive public communication was on the way to becoming legitimate — moving away from the street and into private collections and galleries, and Seen was at the forefront.

Seen is featured heavily in both Subway Art and Stylewars - the 2 most referenced texts of graffiti history and what is more amazing is that he was so prolific he was also responsible for writing Richie and Psycho as well! These two books are probably the largest reason why people who are not familiar with high art are down with Seen.

Seen has retired from his job as a tattoo artist and devoted his life to graffiti and other forms of art. In 2005, Seen also revealed his work in successful shows in Tokyo and London, and had plans to host other shows in San Francisco and New York. A few years later his pieces adorn art gallery walls in Europe and the US and corporations commission his work. He has even appeared in a video game: ‘Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure‘. In short, Seen has changed the entire graffiti game and revered by anyone who knows what is real.

seen hollywood sign

seen hollywood sign

SEEN - BOMB

SEEN - BOMB

seen - UA - bomb

seen - UA - bomb

SEEN - UNITED ARTISTS CREW

SEEN - UNITED ARTISTS CREW

SEEN BLOCK LETTERS

SEEN BLOCK LETTERS

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8 Comments for “Seen Graffiti Artist”

  1. Just missed an exhibition of Seen in Paris… thanks for the article anyway.

  2. [...] 2011 – SEEN Tribute show, New York City, NY (Custom SEEN [...]

  3. Jason

    SEEN is a living legend in the graf game.

    Big influence of mine back in the day.

    Peace.

  4. John

    Style Wars was awesome until the end of the documentary where they totally commercialized the movement and yuppy douches started hanging pieces in their apartments. Loved it when it was underground and they were bombin'.

  5. chase

    seen is one of the pioneers just like junior 161 scheme case 1 revolt dondi keith haring pray that used to scrape his name on every public phone in the city.I myself help pioneer this i saw saw all this w0rk with my own eyes.I start tagging in da 80's my nickname and my tag was chase.im from newark n.j aka brick city

  6. SVCDSC

    SEEN was King in my book….POGO one Ridgewood ,Queens NY

  7. RIO

    seen down he's a real legend in my eyes…RIO DFK MOB ,Reno NV

  8. Thanks for your words !
    Visit the home of SEEN the godfather of graffiti. http://www.SEEN-clothing.com

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