The members of Tats Cru - Bio, Nicer, and BG183 - met in an art class, at James Monroe High School in the South Bronx, during the early eighties. At the height of the New York City subway graffiti movement they would be among the first wave of daring teenagers risking injury and arrest by sneaking into train yards and tunnels at night to paint trains. Today, known as the legendary Mural Kings, they are among the most sought after graffiti artists in the commercial world. Don't miss your chance to see them paint live at Boogiedown at the Bronx Zoo - A celebration of Bronx culture at the Bronx Zoo on April 21 and 22 and weekends May 5 - June 3 (including Memorial Day).
For over 120 years, the Bronx has been the birthplace of genre changing movements. From street art to hip hop, breakdancing to salsa. And of course, the home base for WCS conservation and wildlife at the Bronx Zoo. With appearances by Grandmasters Melle Mel and Scorpio, Sugar Hill Gang and others; rhyming workshops by Grandmaster Caz; live painting by John Crash Matos, Tats Cru, Andre Trenier and others! Buy tickets at bronx zoo.com/boogiedown
Special Thanks to Windows of Hip Hop
Footage Provided by Mark Kotlinski "Mural Kings" (2006)
Photo Credits: Joe Conzo, Jr., Charlie Ahearn and Julie Larsen Maher
Post Production: Cutters Studios