Tats Cru was formed in 1980 when a group of Bronx-based professional muralists–three teenagers (Bio, Nicer, and BG183) began creating subway graffiti in 1980. Their collaborative work in aerosol has changed the perception of graffiti as art. Ten members comprise Tats Cru today, and they also employ many full-time and freelance artists to work for them. Their work is shown in NYC public schools and hospitals, and they give lectures at places such as Hunter College, M.I.T., and many community-based organizations.
How, Daze, Nosm, Bio, and BG183
Philosophy and Style
The mission statement of Tats Cru appears on their website in part as follows: “[to employ] graffiti mural art as a commercially viable art form and [market] customized aerosol art to businesses, corporations and individual consumers in major metropolitan areas throughout the world …. [and to furnish] advertising and design services to businesses reaching out to young urban consumers and companies seeking new and innovative ways to promote their services and products.”
Their commercial client list includes: Coca Cola, McDonalds, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Foot Locker, MTV Labs, The House of Seagram’s, Becks, Snapple, FYE, Chiclets, M&M, Dodge, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network: Adult Swim, Crunch Gym, ABC Carpet & Home, Firestone, Avirex, MSG, WWF, WNBA’s New York Liberty Team, Victory Outreach, Variety – The Children’s Charity, JobDirect, Davis & Warshaw, LUGZ, Ritmo Latino, Affinity Health Plan, AmeriGroup, Urban Health Plan, and EAB Bank.
Learn more about Tats Cru here.