"Michael Tracy" redirects here. For the English scholar, see Michael Tracey.
TRACY 168 (1958-) (real name Michael Tracy) is an American graffiti artist.
TRACY 168 was born Michael Tracy in 1958 at New York Hospital on E.68 Street. He is a well known 'ARTIST & Graffiti WRITER' from New York. He was known as one of the founding fathers of the art form; and started the Wild Style style of graffiti. The name also refers to a crew he founded which features Chris Ellis ("Daze"), Lava I & II (founder of the "Black Spades"), Fernando Carlo Jr. ("cope 2"), Dan ("Plasma") Rauch, and others. He is featured extensively in the documentary Just to Get a Rep and discusses WiLD STYLE and the troubled relationship between graffiti and the established art world. In July 2006, an art piece by Tracy 168 in 1984 utilized a real subway car door and showcased his piece on it. The piece was shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art during their month-long exhibit, "Graffiti.  "Tracy" was the mentor to many street and graffiti artists, Keith Haring, SAMO Despite appearing in major gallery and museum shows "Tracy" maintains a solid street presence with his classic STREET MURALS in Brooklyn and the Bronx, where he currently resides. Tracy 168 is famous for his tags of a drawing called Purple Haze which relates and serves as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The artwork was part of the Experience Music Project.