T-KID/SKE Collaborative painting – "Untitled" Trains of Thought. 2011. Paint markers and Ink over Giclee train on art paper. Size approx 36″ × 9″.Raised in the Bronx in the Bronx by first generation Latino immigrants, Julius Cavero received his artistic training in the streets when he became T-Kid 170 in 1977. His start on trains had a take-no-prisoners attitude and he quickly gained a reputation as a style master for creating exciting and innovative whole cars. By the early 1980s his trains were the ones to watch out for and were photographed by photographer Henry Chalfant and included in the book, "Subway Art." Today Julius, travels around the world collaborating with other style masters and influencing new generations with his paintings. Most recently his likeness was featured in the video game, "Getting-Up: Contents under pressure."
Graffiti on trains has always been a controversial medium, and this has certainly been one of the reasons that has made the form controversial and has brought such popularity to the movement.Although there have been many arguments about graffiti on trains,
the train has been the medium of choice for the 'Graffiti Writer'. It is something that has been a vital part of the New York transit history,
that often is spoke about by many of those who have had the experience to witness the works displayed on the subway system of New York.
"Trains of Thought" has re- captured the true attitude of graffiti once again, by placing original art form on trains!
An archival pigment print of a railcar placed on acid free museum quality paper was distributed out to numerous artists. Each artist then creates an original artistic rendition of whatever it is their 'thoughts' would take them.
These 'train cars' are beautifully adorned with mixed mediums and have been creatively hand embellished by the most talented New York Graffiti masters of yesterday and today.