RIP Graffiti Writer Dan Whedon (OMNI), Passed Away in Elizabeth Street Apartment

Posted on: February 27th, 2019 at 5:02 am by and

Mural by Dan Whedon, December 2017

The old school graffiti community is coming together to mourn the loss this week of fallen comrade Dan Whedon.

Whedon, a member of the “156 Crew” whose tag-name was OMNI, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Elizabeth Street apartment on Monday. His exact age is unknown, but thought to be in his late-forties.

The final public message was on Instagram last Friday (February 22).

OMNI bombed trains back in the heyday, painted murals, and even roomed with Adam Horovitz (Ad Rock) of Beastie Boys fame. He was omni: present.

Photo: Zephyr

One of his neighbors recently told us that Whedon had lived at 239 Elizabeth for over two decades, in an apartment once shared with Horovitz. The latter apparently moved out in 1990, and the two reportedly lost touch in the intervening years.

Rest in paint.

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