Oct 19th 2021

In this panel discussion and meet-and-greet, 1st generation Chicago Style graffiti writers EAST, FESS, ORKO, SLANG and TRIXTER will explore their histories and personal involvement with the development of Chicago graffiti in a discussion moderated by Nino “TSEL” Rodriguez. This conversation will touch on gentrification, violence, suppression and gangs and will also examine graffiti as a spontaneous, healthy outlet that has developed into a worldwide phenomenon.

“Style writing” as it was originally known by its founding practitioners, a.k.a. “graffiti”, is a phenomenon believed to have begun in the mid- to late-1960s in the backstreets of New York City. The modern graffiti art movement, which has it’s collective beginnings in almost every city in America, has become the most widely-accepted contemporary art form for a growing youth audience. It is a youth-derived culture that stems from cultural necessity and a creative outlet for impoverished, disenfranchised and culture-deprived youth. The panelists will help tell the unique story of Chicago’s role in this important shared history.

This discussion is a prelude to the exhibition Family Resemblance: The Evolution of Chicago Style Graffiti, which will open in The Catacombs on March 4, 2022, and will showcase the works of the iconic practitioners of Chicago Style graffiti.. Family Resemblance is brought to through a partnership between S.H.E. Gallery and Epiphany Center for the Arts.


  • EAST
  • FESS
  • ORKO

Moderated by Nino “TSEL” Rodriguez

Doors open at 5 p.m.  Panel discussion starts at 6 p.m.


(Tuesday) 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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