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Mike 171

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Mike 171 (aka "White Mike", "Mighty Whitey") is one of the earliest New York City graffiti artists of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Mike 171, like SJK 171 and Taki 183, is of Greek heritage, and from the very small Greek community in Washington Heights. He began writing in 1968 under the name Mike 171 with SJK 171. Mike 171 attended George Washington High School along with gang members from the "Latin Demons", "Galaxies" and the "Latino Army of Light", which a number of them where early graffiti artists like Phil 169, Henry 161, Bobby I, Leo 163 and Felix 163.

The University of Chicago The Renaissance Society displayed the United Graffiti Artists Collaborative No. 1, 1972 the first Spray enamel on canvas 24” x 36”.


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  • The Birth of Graffiti. Prestel. 2007. p. 2. ISBN 978-3-7913-3796-8. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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