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Cornbread

(USA, 1953)

Cornbread is widely considered the world’s first modern graffiti artist, starting with a unique tagging style in 1965. His first big ‘campaign’ was ‘Cornbread Loves Cynthia’, a bold declaration of love for a girl in his class. He wrote it everywhere along their walking route home. Other notorious acts by Cornbread include tagging the Jackson 5 touring jet and tagging an elephant at the Philadelphia Zoo.

‘Start This’ doesn’t just refer to Cornbread’s pioneering role within graffiti, but also to his exhibition in our STRAAT Gallery, a collaboration with Paradigm Gallery from his hometown Philadelphia.