Sunday, 30 September 2012




The following text was taken from Rocking the city. Bottom piece 'Cheeba' by Kis 42 C.D crew 1987...

Metropolitan line AKA The Big Met.

The Metropolitan Line is part of the London Underground, coloured magenta on the Tube map. It was the first underground railwayy (or subway) in the world, opening on January 10, 1863 (however, parts of that initial section are no longer served by the Metropolitan Line, but by the Hammersmith & City, District and Circle lines). The main line runs from Aldgate in the City of London to Amersham, with branch lines to Uxbridge, Watford and Chesham. For the initial section of the Line the rails are in tunnel for much of the way; beyond Baker Street, at Finchley Road the Line runs in the open.
The four-track layout for part of the distance — between Wembley Park and Moor Park — allows for the running of express or "fast" services to the outer suburbs. Baker Street is the terminus for many trains, but others complete their journeys into the City to either Moorgate (where there are terminal platforms) or Aldgate.
The current rolling stock in use on the Metropolitan Line is the sub-surface gauge A Stock built by Cravens in Sheffield, which is shared between the Metropolitan and East London lines.  While it ran in service with unpainted aluminium bodywork for many years, since refurbishment the stock has received the now standard white and blue Underground livery, with red ends. Metropolitan Line services are usually formed of two four-car units coupled together for a total of eight cars, although the Chesham shuttle service and the East London Line are both served by four-car trains.
The A Stock trains were built in the early 1960s and are now the oldest trains operating on the London Underground. They replaced a wide variety of older rolling stock, including trains with hinged doors and compartments (T Stock electric multiple units for Watford services and locomotive-hauled carriages for Aylesbury services), as well as F Stock (built in 1920) used on Uxbridge services.

Graffiti on the Big Met
The metropolitan Line was one of the first to attract graffiti, the fact that it largely ran above ground and the ease of the rural depots meant it attacted those who wanted to recreate that New York feel. The big seats with large hidden away panels and plenty of empty carriages attracted taggers. Harrow-On-The-Hill station became the logical place to watch your name go by and it wasn't long before a regular writers bench became established at the end of the north bound platforms. There was a rumour on the line in the  80s that Futura had pieced a Big Met at Rickmansworth yard on his visit to London in the early 80s. There was certainly what looked like a faded Futura tag in Rickmansworth under a bridge on the way into the 5's yard. Whether this was true or just a hoax I don't know. The Chrome Angelz member Zaki D also did a Big Met also at Rickmansworth quite early on. 
Names I remember from the early days between 1985 to 1987/1988 include Ink, Cast (also writing as Ran), Sirius, Sir Beau, Fly, Set 3, Elf, Yeseye (who later became Kasa), Kis 42, Huz, Jano, Dizi, Tilt, Ence, Bud, Glory, Mane, Excel, Funbox, Tuff, Rel (Gunja), Key, Hard, Burn, Cade, Coad 5, Amo, Jap, Event 1, Rate, Envy, Dawn 2, Dye, Rize, Elc, Shame 181, Car 1, List, Aim, Myth 2, Taran, Deode, D-sire, Justice, Tame, Mas, Bos, Rite 1, Coma, Foam, Prime, Fuel, Robbo, PIC, Doze, Coap, Crude, Demo (Crame / Cade), Mean, Rich, Cane1, Rage, Chrome, Buf, Sir Sin, Ace 1, Bus, Decay, Drax, Drop 1, Bunk, Junks, Endure, Est 1, Sham 59 (Sham roc), Risk, Hit, Trance, Sir 5, Cuba, Rad, Kan-D, Lou (Kan-D & Lou where a couple of early female writers), Penfold, Choci, Seize, Drape, Hate, Dub, Mine, Fate, Sex 1, Melo, Karm, Chico, Hyde, Mise, Klue, Nice, Lisa, List, Hell, Data 27, Mig, Steam TU, Noire, Fast, Sneaki, Realm, Rade, Fone, Rade, Remix, Mint, Vogue, Sage, Mas, Cres, Ease, Eze 74, Joy, Wae, Depth, Quill, Cop, Colt 45, Cazbee, Rome, Acine, Noise, Tab,  - there are many others.

FLASH 1981...

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


I read yesterday that Dungerees and Bomber jackets are coming back in fashion??? I remember when they were in fashion in the 90's...I had both as a teenager, but come on... imagine wondering down the road in 2012 dressed in this get up. If anyone can email me a photo of an East London trendy wondering through Prick Lane dressed in both a bomber jacket and dungerees then I'll send you a copy of London handstyles.



   Now the Big Met has finally gone to the other side and left us with those horrible dildo looking trains, kids need to piece whatever they can get their hands on...."but where have u wheelie bin?"


   Flick from TBF Blog...check it out u dirty

Sunday, 23 September 2012


Before the hofmeister bear, Polo bear, Pudsy bear, Yogi bear and before kids said everything was "bear sick blad" came Paddington bear.
Born in 1956, he was the first bear to do a one man wholecar in that's what I call old school!!


Sean P ....I See.....Mic Tyson out soon!!

as they say in NY, its been a minute!

SP ONE..... NYC.....

Fresh as fuck......

Thursday, 20 September 2012


I've seen some bad snide clothing and trainers in my time...but these take the biscuit and the rest of the pack.....they look like a pair of suede bumper cars with 2 blokes bumming each other on horse back. 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012


Like a thatched crash helmet....Wogan the original 70's Welsh gigalo rocking the syrup back in the days....heard he used to write aswell, but only down the mines.

Monday, 17 September 2012


   Characters are what got me interested in graffiti, I used to copy characters out the Beano over and over again as a kid. It's easy to copy a character, but to design and paint your own is something else!!