PRIZ-ONE started tagging under various aliases such as RM/MR, SWAN-ONE, TLD (TRAINS LODGING DESTRUCTION), PRISM/ PRIZM above and below Riverside Park . As a kid, he attended P.S. 9 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1970’s, he became heavily influenced by DEAN and JEAN-13, BAD as well as other older writers from Brandeis High School, who would later be known as "BYB" the (BAD YARD BOYS). He then started "motioning" as a novice on the insides of IRT Broadway no. 1 trains by the late 1970’s. His transition from Black Books to painting subway car exteriors wasn’t official until the early 1980’s.
His tag pseudonym of PRIZ/PRIZ-ONE would originate from the PRISMA font of a letterset/typography book. In the early '80s, PRIZ was befriended by STAN-ONE, an older seasoned Broadway writer who was also President of a well-known graffiti crew called TS5/TSF (THE SPANISH 5IVE). After school, PRIZ began teaming up with him as well as other older veteran writers of TS5 and TMT crew. He would be granted membership to TSF where he still holds a prominent role today.