Julio 204

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A representation of Julio 204's tag

JULIO 204 was a Puerto Rican who wrote graffiti within his Manhattan gang turf as a youth. He is not the first graffitist to wrote on walls in New York City even though he's usually credited as being the original New York City writer.[1] He started writing his nickname in his neighborhood as early as 1968.[2] He retired when he was arrested for vandalism in Summer 1970.[3]

Julio was a Puerto Rican who lived on 204th Street in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, and was a member of the Savage Skulls. In 1971 the New York Times published an article about another graffiti writer with similar form, Taki 183.[4] According to the article Julio had been writing for a couple of years when Taki began tagging his own name all around the city. Taki also states in the article that Julio "was busted and stopped". Julio 204 kept his tags localized to his own neighborhood, and never rose to the height of fame as Taki, who was the first to go "All City".


  1. ^ Austin, Joe (2001). Taking the Train: How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New York City. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231111423.
  2. ^ "The Birth of Graffiti", Jon Naar, Prestel 2007. ISBN 978-3-7913-3796-8
  3. ^ Price, Emmett George (2006). Hip Hop Culture. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781851098675.
  4. ^ "'Taki 183' Spawns Pen Pals". New York Times. July 21, 1971. p. 37.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Style: Writing from the Underground. (R)evolutions of Aerosol Linguistics", Stampa Alternativa in Association with IGTimes,1997. ISBN 88-7226-318-2.
  • "Freight Train Graffiti", Roger Gastman, Ian Sattler, Darin Rowland. Harry N Abrams Inc, 2006. ISBN 978-0-8109-9249-8
  • "The Birth of Graffiti", Jon Naar, Prestel 2007. ISBN 978-3-7913-3796-8

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