Monday, February 25, 2008

Reminiscing SK8 One RIP

March 1, 2008 Update: New graffiti photos in part 2

I recently stumbled upon SK8's Rest in Peace MySpace page. It brought back memories of SK8. I never had the pleasure of speaking with him, but I did see him in person a few times.

I was at the Beverly Center on the 8th floor the first time I saw SK8. I must have been 12 or 13 years old most likely in 1990 or 1991. I don't want to sound like a total wimp but his mere presence made me shake. I was so in shock that I did not want to make any sudden moves to be sure that he would not focus his attention towards me.

I did see him another time in front of the Beverly Center again. He was mad at some guy. SK8 slapped the guy which caused him to fly what looked like 5 to 6 feet. SK8 was a person no one would want to have beef with. When I was at an early Downset concert, SK8 got into an altercation with a guy and the guy came away with a bloody face.

I still remember when I heard about the tragic incident. I was at the Hip Hop shop on Melrose and someone delivered the terrible news. He was painting some trains at the Budweiser train yard. A group that he went with was leaving the yard. He decided to go back and finish painting one of the trains and he was stuck by a train.

I was saddened to hear about his passing. He was an inspiration to me and a person that I very much feared and admired. I used to see his SK8 CBS, LOD tags all over Los Angeles.

Enjoy the picture below that I dug out of my archives of the memorial that was done at the old 01 Gallery location wall at Melrose Blvd in Los Angeles. I believe that this was Mear's amazing work. It has been 15 years since his passing and the graffiti community around the world still remembers his tremendous impact.

SK8, Rest in Peace. Your memory will never be forgotten.

SK8 One Memorial Graffiti Wall

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