FROM THE WRITERS' BENCH: As I’ve mentioned on this site and to those who’ve asked, if I wasn’t afraid of going to jail or the repercussions from my parents I would have spent a good part of my youth honing my graffiti art skills on public and private walls, billboards and subway trains … except for the fact that there were no subway trains in L.A. in the late ‘80s.

So I ended up confining all of my pent up graf ambitions, letter styles, characters etc., to the back of church bulletins, Pee Chee folders, and the occasional desktop, when not doing custom jobs for gangbangers.

Fast forward a couple of decades and here I am still working out my graf fantasies in a non-public format. Although the Internet is worldwide so technically … but I digress.

In the mid-late ‘70s, NYC-area graffiti artists created massive murals combining letters, numbers, names, characters and almost indecipherable combinations of all four on walls in each of the boroughs but most famously on the sides of subway trains. Bomb the correct train lines and an artist’s pieces could be seen by people all over the New York City metro area - otherwise known as going All City.

Graffiti artists would gather to view their subway pieces at spots generally referred to as the Writers’ Bench – the most famous of these locations being on the platform at the 149th St. and Grand Concourse station.

But all things come to an end, and in 1989 New York City officials began the Clean Train Movement in which trains marked with graffiti were not run until they were graffiti-free, effectively ending subway train bombing.

This piece, My View From the Writers’ Bench, is dedicated to my deferred graf artist dreams and all of the artists who had the courage, daring and vision to create a moving urban art gallery.

The featured lyrics are taken from an incredible song by Company Flow, Lune TNS, that is a lyrical roll call tribute to graf greats.