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SJK 171 (Steve Kesoglides) in the early 1970s
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SJK 171 (aka Steve the Greek), born Steve Kesoglides is a New York City graffiti artist who was active during the late 1960s and 1970s. Some claim that he is generally credited with originating the "squiggly lines," a style of outlining graffiti.[better source needed]
SJK 171 attended the High School of Art and Design along with a number of other early graffiti artists, and began writing in 1968 under the name SJK 171. His work was the first triple outline, large colorful letters to appear on the 1 Line of the New York City Transit System. It was in early 1971 that SJK 171 was the first to use the "swiggly radiant energy lines" that 10 years later were used by Keith Haring. SJK 171 is also credited with pioneering the use of arrows in graffiti writing around this same time.
1972: The first canvas, United Graffiti Artists "No. 1", created by the United Graffiti Artists collective included: HENRY 161, MIKE 171, SJK 171, JEC *, CAT 87, SNAKE 1, STITCH 1, RICAN 619, CANO 1, PHASE 2, COCO 144, RAY B 954 a.k.a ME 163, RICK II, SODA 1.
1973: SJK 171 was one of several graffiti writers featured in the backdrop design for the Joffery Ballet's production of Deuce Coupe.
2000: Guernsey's had a graffiti auction featuring United Graffiti Artists 8'x30' collective canvas and featuring SJK 171 in a black book from 1972, as well as other artists.
2011: SJK 171 was one of the artists featured in a collaborative canvas in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch and Associate Curators Roger Gastman, and Aaron Rose.
Films & documentaries
2015: SJK 171 helped produce and cosponsored the release of the music video for the song, Homesick By: SANITY and KRITTY.
2016: Wall Writers, a documentary produced by Roger Gastman, showcases various graffiti artists from the late 60s and early 70s, including SJK 171.
2018: Work by SJK 171 and MIKE 171 was featured in the "Ride/2 Da House" Medley Official Music Video
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- Gastman, Roger (2015). Wall Writers Graffiti In Its Innocence (1st ed.). Berkeley, California: Gingko Press Inc. p. 121,122, 137,141,142. ISBN 978-1-58423-601-6.
- Goldstein, Richard (26 March 1973). "This Thing Has Gotten Completely Out Of Hand". New York Magazine. New York City: New York Magazine.
- Siegel, Marcia B. (2007-04-01). Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance. Macmillan. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-4299-0877-1.
- Corcoran, Sean; McCormick, Carlo (2013). City as canvas : New York City graffiti from the Martin Wong collection. Wong, Martin,, Corcoran, Sean, 1974-, McCormick, Carlo,, Museum of the City of New York. New York, NY. ISBN 978-0-8478-3986-5. OCLC 857194047.
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- "DJ SANiTY Brings Music and Art Back to the East Coast With New Medley Visual". BLENDED. Retrieved 2019-04-26.