When LA based Tattoo artist Mr Cartoon took a trip to New York last week to visit Old School Graffiti legend Cope2 it wasn’t long before, with a little help from Sen2, the spray cans came out.
Cope2 is from South Bronx and has been painting since 1978/79. He has an international reputation and is also one of the most known users of "wildstyle" graffiti, a style which originated in the Bronx. His signature or throwup is now so recognised it has been used by brands such as Levis and Adidas and was even used in the background in the film Shrek the Third.
Sen2 is originally from Puerto Rico but now lives in the Bronx where he has been writing graffiti since the early eighties. With a reputation as a great graphic artist he now owns and runs a graffiti store/gallery Da Bakery in New York.
Mr Cartoon started out in the early eighties as an LA based graffiti writer but soon moved into tattooing. His work is based on a style that developed in US prisons but was refined by Jack Rudy in the seventies. He has since found his calling in hip-hop culture through the creation of tattoo art, magazine illustrations, album covers, and backdrops for music videos, TV shows, and the trunks of low riders. His intricate art is inscribed on the bodies of the Goodie Mob, Mobb Deep, Cypress Hill, Method Man, Red Man, Limp Bizkit, Eminem, Infamous Mobb, Meeno, Xzibit, Treach and Sir Jinx.
The bottom three images are Cope2 from around 1982 and Cope2 in the background on Shrek