Tracy 168

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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 'Oldschool writer' from New York. He was known as one of the kings of graffiti and started the Wildstyle[1] style of graffiti. He is featured extensively in the documentary Just to Get a Rep and discusses WiLDSTYLE and the troubled relationship between graffiti and the established art world.[2] 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. [3] "Tracy" was the mentor to many street and graffiti artists, Keith Haring, Steve Ogburn (a.k.a."Blade"), Fernando Carlo Jr (a.k.a. "Cope 2"), Julius Cavero (a.k.a. "T-Kid 170), Terry Duke (a.k.a. "Bozzy Boz") and Dan Rauch (a.k.a. "Dan Plasma"). Despite appearing in major gallery and museum shows "Tracy" maintains a solid street presence with his classic graffiti 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.[4] The artwork was part of the Experience Music Project.


  1. "Graffiti Wall Art by Michael Tracy, TRACY 168, Graffiti WiLDSTYLE, Bronx, NYC Wall Murals, Subway Art". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  2. "Just to Get a Rep - graffiti/hip-hop documentary - Deluxe Edition". Vimeo. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  3. "Michael Tracy - Crazy Tracy - 1984". About. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  4. "Gallery of Wall Murals by Michael Tracy, TRACY 168, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Bronson and Others". Retrieved 8 October 2014.  line feed character in |title= at position 83 (help)

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