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Rammellzee war einer der exzentrischsten Graffiti-Writer, ever, nannte seinen Kram Gothic Futurism, beeinflusste damit die Beastie Boys, wird in einem Atemzug mit Futura 2000 oder Zephyr genannt und trat im 1982er Writing-Film Wild Style und in Jim Jarmushs Stranger than Paradise auf. Rammellzee verstarb 2010 im Alter von 49 Jahren und das The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, widmet ihm während der Art of the Streets-Ausstellung, die noch bis zum 8. August zu sehen ist, einen eigenen Raum. Oben ein Video dazu.
One of hip-hop’s most enigmatic figures, RAMMELLZEE was a graffiti writer, rapper, and sculptor. Born in Far Rockaway. Queens, RAMMELLZEE began a brief graffiti career on the A train in the mid-1970s. By the early 1980s, he was creating paintings and three-dimensional sculptures of letters, many of which were shown in galleries and museums. RAMMELLZEE viewed lettering as a form of weaponry and believed graffiti could liberate the mystical power of the alphabet, as a theory put forth in the manifestos “Ikonoklast Panzerism” and “Gothic Futurism”. A reclusive artist, RAMMELLZEE all but stopped exhibiting his work in public and spent much of the last two decade of his life in his TriBeCa loft he called the Battle Station, where he was rarely photographed without wearing one of his handmade, science fiction-style masks. He died in 2010 at the age of 49.