Like many graffiti writers, John "COMET" Russo began painting subway trains at a very young age. COMET was one of the early writers and starting back in 1971 when graffiti was in its infancy. COMET along with others paved the way for other writers of that era and gave the graffiti community a solid foundation to build on. During his run on the trains, he had 4 talented and artistic partners, "SILVER TIPS", "BILLY 167", "CLIFF 159" AND OF COURSE "BLADE 1". COMET and BLADE took over the #2 and #5 train lines back in 1974. Their reign as kings lasted for 7 years up till 1981. No other writer ever held these train lines that long.They were true kings. At the age of 50, COMET returned to his passion once again, and turned to the canvas to start his new battle above ground.
Ces-One , Titled “Wish 4 Ces” – Spray Paint on Masonite. Size measures 17”x 67.5”
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CES-One is a New York City leader of the new Wild Style look in contemporary graffiti. Attention to streamlining and aerodynamics were key to the CES formula for alphabetic reconfiguration.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the graffiti innovations of CES have been relentlessly knocked off by his peers and have influenced the new generation of graffiti writers in the U.S. and througout the world.
CES has been a graffiti artist since 1983 and continues to produce powerful visual artwork today, never settling-living from his art and learning from his art. CES has been featured in the New York Times, Rad Pages, The Source, Mass Appeal, TimeOut-New York, and Sneaker Pimps-Motug.