PJAY ONE "PJAY" Spray paint on canvas, measures 24x30. Signed Verso.
Gordon Wayne Roberts created the tag Stay High 149, combined it with a smoking, halo-adorned stick man he borrowed from The Saint television show and changed the face of graffiti. It's hard to imagine a trip through the subway system in early 70's without seeing his name a dozen times. Changing to his secondary alias, voice of the ghetto, around 1974 , ,he introduced the world to two and three toned markers that spewed rainbows of psychedelic cool. After a 25 year disappearance , a time during which many assumed him dead, he reappeared at a graff show in 2000 and soon launched a comeback that gave a new generation a chance to know and love his work. His tags had the rarest combination of style and meaning I've ever witnessed . High Maintenance is about paying back one of the most inspirational , yet humble cats to ever wield a marker. His spirit and legacy has touched every era of a culture that's blown up world wide. The artists who so generously donated their work for this benefit are giving their collective thanks to a man who transcended graffiti culture and in time be remembered as an American Folk Hero. All net proceeds from this sale will go to Stayhigh's Family.
Pjay One, a moniker known to many, yet known an individual known by few. Pjay One entered into the realm of graffiti in New York City towards the late end of the 70's. Being an alert studious one, he quickly absorbed all of the advice and offerings proffered by those who mentored him. Though living "across town", on the other side of the Bronx, and after showing promise, Pjay One was quickly taken into the fold by no other than SEEN UA. A kinship as well as a body of works, of historic proportions soon followed. The dominance of the United Artists Crew in the 80's, as well as their proliferation of endless whole cars, burners, as well as throw ups are well-documented. These accomplishments are in fact attributed to the inclusion of Pjay One.
Not being satisfied with mediocrity, Pjay One would often venture out to the other train lines which ran through the labyrinth of the city. For example, when piecing on the IRT number 4 line, he would often partner up with MITCH 77, BAN 2 or one of the many other preeminent writers of the day. It was the respect of Pjay One harbored by others, which afforded Pjay One all-city access. For respect was often measured with equal parts of skill, as well as dedication. Traits which are evident in the map(s) offered here.
Public offerings by Pjay One, are to say the least few and rare. In the past, Pjay One has only created and given/traded his works to those close to him. Future availability of items from Pjay One remain uncertain. Thus, herein lies before you, an opportunity to acquire that missing piece for your graff collection.