Daniel Ramos

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Daniel "Chaka" Ramos (Born August 27, 1972) in Boston, MA...was one of the most prolific graffiti writers in the late 20th century. CHAKA tags were widespread from California, San Diego on up to San Francisco. He's said to originally be from his hometown of Boyle Heights, California.

Authorities in Los Angeles County, California Los Angeles County and surrounding areas throughout the West Coast described to CHAKA between ten and fifty thousand unique incidents of him "writing" the word "CHAKA" on various vertical surfaces of private and state property, primarily using spray paint, and incurring about a million dollars in monetary damage. His name was given to him by his friends who lived in the Aliso Village Projects in 1980 from the character of show: Land of the Lost, Chaka and Sleez...Chaka tagged All City Wide Spread throughout the entire state of California. Chaka was eventually caught and tried and convicted in 1991 on these charges. He was sentenced to three years probation and 1,560 hours of community service to be spent cleaning graffiti. Daniel "CHAKA" Ramos was accused of tagging the interior of a civic-center elevator as he left a courtroom. He was arrested and charged again. [1] In the music video for the song, "Smells like Teen Spirit," by Nirvana, Dave Grohl's drum kit has "CHAKA" written on it in white lettering, supposedly in tribute to Ramos.

Ramos now lives in [Los Angeles, California]. He had his first legitimate solo art show in April 2009 in the City of Los Angeles and continues to produce art. [1]



In the Nirvana video "Smells like Teen Spirit" Dave Grohl, wrote Chaka on his drumset because he had seen "Chaka" written all over the place when he was driving down from Seattle to film the music video.