Scenes from the Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle [PHOTOS]

Posted on: February 10th, 2020 at 5:08 am by

An East New York warehouse played host to the second ever Golden Gauntlet Graffiti Battle, an old school throwdown hosted by Bowery Boogie as part of our Uncapped series offshoot.

As before, this was a battle of writers from across the Five Boroughs, many of whom with roots from the 1970s heyday. For six hours Saturday afternoon, more than one hundred graffiti writers and fans of the craft congregated at the Smash Industries lighting factory-cum-community space on Glenmore Avenue to witness the aerosol.

More than sixty spray cans were used; walls were painted, as was a makeshift replica subway car (built by Liz from Smash Industries, Demon BFC, and Nat KOA); Street artist Adrian Wilson served as emcee. All in the name of bringing the graffiti community closer. Cooking the beef, as it were, and getting more exposure for the writers’ craft.

Chain 3 took first place in the tag battle. Frankie Botz took second. Awarded limited edition tshirts and Olympic style medals emblazoned with Bowery Boogie Uncapped and smash. Two train heats came down to NIC1 and PART. Nic took 2nd. PART went on to battle Ree in the ring, and in a very close decision by the judges, took home gold and the trophy. Ree took home gold for MVP.

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