Florencia '71

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    "Bird" has added the numeral 1 to his name. There is a certain commonality to be found in gang nicknames and apparently there was more than one "Bird" within the Florencia gang, thus the footnote style identifier.

    In any event, "Bird1" was obviously very talented at what he did and he did a lot of it. His work was so prolific and spread over such a vast geographic area that he could be considered one of the original taggers. This piece appears to be marker rather than spray paint and is dated "'71".

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    1. KID DEUCE 91 months ago | reply

      Today Bird is CEO of a graphic design firm. Just kidding, I don't know.

    2. otherthings 89 months ago | reply

      Terrific set of photos, KD! Just blogged this over at Graffiti Archaeology.

    3. i like it! what is it? 89 months ago | reply

      really cool calligraphy

    4. bklyn blossoms 89 months ago | reply

      I also really like the calligraphy, it is very precise and graceful. Seems like a precursor to the highly stylized script used in gang tattoos.

    5. parasrez 89 months ago | reply

      florencia is still around

    6. parasrez 89 months ago | reply

      the graffiti looks almost like todays graffiti

    7. parasrez 89 months ago | reply

      bird is probably dead

    8. pproblemchild 87 months ago | reply

      that shit is off the hook my nigga. ima keep it treal doe. thas some shit bruh.

    9. Aint I pretty 87 months ago | reply

      Very ill hand style that's evident in today's grafitti and even tattoo cultures.

    10. Skylar Woodman 84 months ago | reply

      Real Barrio steez. I love this type of writing. This was the forerunner of the LA Graff style, still looks so good. Puts dudes like Cornbread to shame, all respect due

    11. ILLUMINATI1 84 months ago | reply

      BIRD FROM FLORENCE 13 GOT DOWN WITH THIS PIECE,IT TAKES ME BACK TO BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN YOU USED TO SEE ALOT OF THESE CALIGRAFFITTIS IN SCHOOL OR BOOKS.THAT STYLE WAS REMNANT OF THE 70's AND UP IN THE 80's BUT THE 80's SAW ITS OWN STYLE .BY THE MID 80's A NEW BREED HAD EMERGE WITH TRACES OF THE PAST JUST AS DIFFERENT STYLE OF OTHER ERAS.

    12. No. 3 Killer 84 months ago | reply

      I never got why some writers would say they were influenced by gang graff until I saw stuff like this. Great handstyle.

    13. Voyage Voyeur 82 months ago | reply

      Being an East Coast Mexican, former Graff writer, An Art/Calligraphy buff, I can truly appreciate the wealth of of pics you're sharing here. It makes me feel nostalgic. Great Pics !! So much talent

    14. felipe.mujica 79 months ago | reply

      Hi KID DEUCE,
      I really like your BW graffiti images. I am an artist and I am working on a new project which researches certain graffiti's and their relationship to the environment. These old pictures you have posted are great because they show very well both the graffiti AND its context, most of them the city of LA in the 70's, I believe. I am having soon a show in Mexico DF (yes mexico city) and I would like to know if I could use some of your images, I would of course credit YOU as the photographer and owner of all the rights of the images. My basic and first idea is to print them in some thick material that would allow me to build a structure/sculpture.

      what do you say, is collaboration possible?

    15. PitMan_00 77 months ago | reply

      To me that's very artistic. It takes me back to thee old days. I grew up in the 80's and vatos use to write placas just like that. That vato "Bird" should've been a graphic desingner.

    16. pmoragiannis 76 months ago | reply

      Thats just amazing skill right there, amazing

    17. sabkilla 76 months ago | reply

      the bird tag is more like drawing not writing,but still a nice tag for its era. i have a block letter print style also,come on over to ALL NITE SLAM ADDICTS, and you will see.

    18. askone 70 months ago | reply

      proper stylish

    19. 707loonie 67 months ago | reply

      these type of styles still float around in my city

    20. achexce 45 months ago | reply

      HARBORC1tYX3 fuc flowers.

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