Meeting of Styles

I went back to the Southwest side this year’s Meeting of Styles. This two-day event brings together top-notch graffiti artists from across Chicago and the world to paint a continuous, collaborative mural that spans several blocks. This year’s meeting took place around 36th and Kedzie in an area occupied largely by warehouses and freight lines. I was blown away by the by stunning quality and sheer volume of work at this year’s meeting.

The Saint T.V. show
Stay High 149 sticker

The stick figure in that last photo symbolizes ‘the Saint’ and is an important symbol in graffiti history. The Saint began as a literary character in the 20s—a ‘Robin Hood’ figure who stole from corrupt officials, committed illegal acts of heroism, and operated incognito. The Saint later became a franchise, spinning off a comic strip, radio show, a T.V. series and a number of films.

In the early 70s, the tag “Stay High 149” started popping up all over the Bronx, along with The Saint‘s stick man, smoking a joint. This became one of the most widely seen tags in New York at the time, and Stay High 149 would become one of the first graffiti superstars. I was happy to see this homage to graffiti’s roots at the MOS.

I wish I had made an effort to get some names, or at least tags, to give credit where credit is due. If anyone knows which artist painted what piece, let me know in the comments section below.

Notes

  1. You can learn more about the Meeting of Styles on their website.
  2. Stay High 149 has a website if you want to learn more about him.
  3. You can read more about The Saint on the author’s official website.