Stay High 149
October 20, 1950|
Emporia, Virginia, United States
|Died||June 11, 2012
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
|Cause of death||Liver disease|
|Residence||Bronx, New York|
|Other names||Stay High 149,
Superstar of Graffiti
|Years active||1960s – 1974|
|Home town||Bronx, New York|
|Family||Pauline Noble (sister)|
Roberts was born in Emporia, Virginia, moving to the Bronx, New York at age six. He was called a "superstar" of the graffiti world in the late 1970s. 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.
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.
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