1965: Around this time, cornbread and a few others out of philadelphia were starting the writing/ graff movement. very shortly after, the same phenomenon was occurring in nyc and creditied to taki 183, julio 205, etc (numbers represented nearest streets to their homes), but there is no way to tell if one occurred because of the other directly.
1971: "Taki 183" does an interview for the ny times which sets off a writing spree
1972: Eva62, Harry89, Junior161, Cay161, and Cc10 painted what is probably the biggest paintings to date on a braodway line subway station.
1972: The soul artists came to ghetto fame tracy 158, futura 2000 and ali
1972: "Superkool223" did what is noted as the first "master piece" he would further his pioneering accomplishments with what would be the first top to bottom piece (" hondo" added to this accomplishment as well), super kool also put the first oven cleaner cap on a spry can to make wider spraying. thus was born the phat cap
1972: Hugo martinez starts united graffiti artists tracy 168 the inventor of the word "wild style" starts a major writing crew called "wanted"
1973: new york magazine does an article on writing that featured a drawing done in buffalo markers by "snake1" and an "el marko" tag outlined with a ball point pen by "stay high" which helped to spark the use of black books. and gives an award to taki for best piece.
1974: Nyc's mta fights back against writing by starting a war on graffiti
1977: The transit authority starts a major buff in a coney island train yard witch would cost them $400.000.00 annually. they used a chemical mix of petroleum hydroxide. which was refereed to as orange crush by writers (named after agent orange, which was used in the vietnam war)
1980: Fab Five Freddy paints the famous top to bottom "campbell soup cans" on the irt line. it wasn't buffed for months on end, surprisingly.
1981: An art gallery called "fashion moda" was up and running exhibits on 3rd ave. in the bronx featuring artists like crash, lee, daze, kel, shy 147 and many more. graffiti on canvas and in galleries was accepted by some but disliked by many graffiti purists.
1982: Charlie Ahearn filmed "wild style" the movie that featured hip hop in it's purest form.
Since then: Graffiti still thrives in inner city areas, as well as particular suburban or possibly rural areas. the spread of graffiti, as well as the other elements of hip hop, can be attributed to new technologies such as the internet. graffiti expos are held around the country annually for writers to serve the same forum as meeting in the subway station after school.