Stay High 149

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Wayne Roberts
Born(1950-10-20)October 20, 1950
Emporia, Virginia, United States[1]
DiedJune 11, 2012(2012-06-11) (aged 61)
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Cause of deathLiver disease
ResidenceBronx, New York
Other namesStay High 149,
Superstar of Graffiti
OccupationGraffiti artist
Years active1960s – 1974
Home townBronx, New York
FamilyPauline Noble (sister)

Wayne Roberts (October 20, 1950 – June 11, 2012), known as Stay High 149, was an American graffiti artist.[2][3]


Roberts was born in Emporia, Virginia, moving to the Bronx, New York at age six.[1] He was called a "superstar" of the graffiti world in the late 1970s.[4] Widely considered to use one of the most famous graffiti tags in the world, his trademark includes a smoking version of the stick figure from 1960s British television program The Saint.[5]

Roberts was featured in the 2004 documentary Just to Get a Rep by Peter Gerard.


Roberts died on June 11, 2012 from a liver disease at a medical center in The Bronx, New York. He is survived by his sister Pauline Noble.


  1. ^ a b Gonzales, David (June 12, 2012). "Wayne Roberts, 'Stay High 149' in Graffiti Circles, Is Dead at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Millor, Ivor (2002). Aerosol kingdom: subway painters of New York City. University Press of Mississippi. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-57806-465-6.
  3. ^ Pollitt, Katha (November 1982). "Rev. of Graffiti, Gays & A Dull Diary". Mother Jones Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Snyder, Gregory J. (2009). Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-4045-3.
  5. ^ History of Graf. Retrieved 2011-4-15.

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