So I am writing this for those who remember and those who want to know. My memory is a little fuzzy on some parts, so don’t get mad if I don’t get my stories perfect, I’m trying my best. I would like to say I stole a couple pics from Gin One and 50mm Los Angeles, so thank you to them. Buss Mobbers! has become a little bit of a hit with heads enjoying it, so I hope you enjoy this oner also!
When I started high school in 1986/87 the Los Angeles school system had a “Bussing in” policy in full swing. This “Bussing in” system meant that inner city schools that were over crowded and lacking funds, and generally not doing so well, would take kids from their own neighborhoods and near by schools, and bus them into other neighborhoods that could financially afford more students. That meant inner-city kids got “Bussed in” to suburb neighborhoods or on edge neighborhoods in other parts of Los Angeles.
This is how I met Ges and Sexer of TDK crew in 1986/87. My 10th grade year at Grant high school started slow, there were only a few writers at our school then, and most of the Valley writers didn’t mix with the bussed in Los Angeles writers yet. I started seeing Ges and Sexer scribes showing up at school, so I went on the hunt to find out who it was. Turns out Sexer was in my PE class and we started talking shop about graffiti, and he introduced me to all the Vermont blvd writers that were bussed in. There was about 6 of them with Ges being the best writer and piecer, and Sexer being the most connected to different writers and crews in the LA area. Sexee as he also wrote, and Ges were both Asian, and Ges looked kinda like a half graft writer, half skater kid, and Sexer just looked like a writer, almost gangster kid. I started kicking it with them at lunch, sharing blackbooks and tag styles, sharing stories and around Christmas they asked me to get into TDK.
At the time Lerner TDK was tapering off of being up a lot. There was a point where Lerner was killing it with his oneline hand style, LA nonstop Style! I think, its getting harder to remember as I get older, I think I met Lerner one time previous to meeting Ges and Sexer at the Panarama Mall writers bench, when Swan UTI brought Lerner through. By the time I got into TDK Lerner was locked up for something, and unfortunately for graffiti, never hit up on the streets again. But Lerner got TDK out there in LA, and a lot of the surrounding area. TDK in LA was started by Design TDK, who was told to me had beef with Design9 of WCA. I was once told a crazy story that Design9 beat design TDK up, but then later Design TDK stabbed Design9 with a scribber. I don’t know if either of those stories are true, I’ll just chalk them up to bus Mobbers legends! But Design TDK was the main head of the crew, and I only met him twice, but he was a cool latin guy, and he could piece pretty well also. As far as TDK went, it was mainly Bus and street jobbers in the crew, with Design, Ges and myself also doing pieces. I know TDK went through a couple different generations of writers like most LA crews do, I also remember Rotten TDK putting it down a little later on the streets around Vermont blvd in the late 1980’s, and Stew and Wish TDK put it down heavy in the mid 1980s too.
Ok, a couple of quick TDK stories that stand out to me are the time I caught the 424 bus line from Burbank blvd, all the way to Vermont blvd right on the 101 exit with Ges TDK. So Ges and me were out racking and writing, and I’m not sure why we were kicking it at the 420/424 stop on the 101, but we were just watching cars go by talking shop. Ges was telling me what he knew about :Triax, who in 1987 was just ending a crazy run of being up on the streets with a fresh hand style. Triax used to do fresh tags and also, fresh abrieveations with a :TRX . His :TRX always looked on point, and he often got up with a miniwide, and cut his tags like a calligraphy pen with the X having a fresh kick! So Ges and me are talking shop, and he’s telling me what he knows about Triax, and what he’s herd on the streets, and Ges is telling me how dedicated to getting up Triax is. It was true, Triax was killing it, and as Ges is talking, he flips the trashcan at the RTD stop over, and on the bottom is a :TRX in miniwide! Boom! Ges can’t stop talking about it! How Triax kills it, and He makes me swear that we will kill it as hard as Triax and put up TDK as much as Triax gets up. We were 15 and started hitting different yards together doing TDK’s and The Def Kids pieces together.
Ges and myself did a TDK at the Panic Zone yard in Boyle heights neighborhood, right of the 5 freeway not too long after that. those were huge walls of solid concrete and at the time they were jumping with both a million tags and fresh pieces. KSN had a fresh production running when we got there of pieces with these fresh monster faces in-between all the pieces. Ges and me did a huge TDK piece that SES or SESER TDK helped with. It was old school style piecing with broken furniture and broken pallets for ladders, none of that scaffling or scissor lifts to paint like now. I had racked some Hot Pink and Aqua Turquise Krylon paint, so Ges and me were happy with these new fresh Krylon colors.As we were painting I also checked out some UTI pieces and Skez NTS had a fresh piece up on the opposite side of the low cement freeway dividers located behind us. As we painted we met Kartoon K2S who was just walking the yard by himself, Kartoon was real cool and we chopped it up with him for a second, all in all it was a good day.
Ges and myself did a few TDK’s pieces around, we even did a little TDK at charlie DTK’s yard in Sun Valley, and I always think how Ges helped get me hyped on painting pieces and taught me some more style. I considered Ges a little better than me at the time. I was once invited to the Reseda KSN yard that Wise KSN, Rage Ksn, and Dose TCF had started and I brought Ges with me. I let him lead that The Def kids piece because I was a little nervous around all the big name writers like Krush KSN TCF, Pest UTI, Ryse and Rev KSN, etc… So Ges did a The Def Kids and I filled and did background and we knocked it out! I made sure it was a full piece with background because there was so much quality on the walls there I wanted TDK to come of fresh if we could. Some of the other TDK stories for me that stand out were when I got Ses into TDK, and Seser and myself mobbed through hollywood and the valley getting up in tester cans. I put a lot of work in there and in the Vermont blvd area with Seser and had a lot of fun. I also remember mobbing a RTD office/station with Seser TDK, myself, and Flash UTI, I was lucky to have a poloroid camera with us that night to flick it. I also went back and got flicks of the The Def Kids piece me and Ges did that same night. Geser put me up on game about making your chapstick into a mini meanstreak, we also racked scribber spots together and paint and tip spots.
I wish I had taken more pics of Geser’s work, I introduced him to Dash2000 and we pieced with him at the woodman yard I started. I mobbed spots and got game from Ges TDK, and in turn got Geser into piecing on walls instead of just blackbooks. I lost touch with Sexer TDK first, his brother was Laser TAC, or Tag All City crew. I remember when OTR and TAC had a lot of Los Angeles in Hollywood hit hard on the streets and busses. Laser TAC was also a gangster from Drifters gang. I herd that Sexer got into Drifters also and just fazed out of writing. On a side note, Laser was up a lot too, and so was TAC crew in the mid 1980’s. Geser moved away in 1988 and that was that for Ges in graffiti, always wondered how far he would have gone if he ended up staying in a big city. I have to say these are great memories for me and wish I knew more about where ALL the TDK heads are now, if you know, hit us up so we can put heads back in the loop! Bus Mobbers Graffiti!
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