Stay High 149

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Wayne Roberts
Born (1950-10-20)October 20, 1950
Emporia, Virginia, U.S.[1]
Died June 11, 2012(2012-06-11) (aged 61)
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Liver Disease
Residence Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Other names Stay High 149,
Superstar of Graffiti
Occupation Graffiti artist
Years active 1960s – 1974
Home town Bronx, New York
Family Pauline Noble (sister)

Wayne Roberts (October 20, 1950 – June 11, 2012), known as Stay High 149, was an American graffiti artist.[2][3]


Roberts was born in Emporia, Virginia, moving to the Bronx, New York at age six.[1] He was called a "superstar" of the graffiti world in the late 1970s.[4] 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.[5]

Roberts was featured in the 2004 documentary Just to Get a Rep by Peter Gerard.


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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gonzales, David (June 12, 2012). "Wayne Roberts, ‘Stay High 149’ in Graffiti Circles, Is Dead at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  2. Millor, Ivor (2002). Aerosol kingdom: subway painters of New York City. University Press of Mississippi. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-57806-465-6. 
  3. Pollitt, Katha (November 1982). "Rev. of Graffiti, Gays & A Dull Diary". Mother Jones Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  4. Snyder, Gregory J. (2009). Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-4045-3. 
  5. History of Graf. Retrieved 2011-4-15.

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