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The Nasty Terrible T-Kid 170

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208 pages
Edited by Nick Torgoff

Text(s) by T-Kid and Celia San Miguel
30.5 x 23.4 cm
Language: English, French

The Nasty Terrible T-KID 170 is the autobiography of graffiti writer Julius Cavero aka T-KID 170. This autobiography chronicles the life of a gang member, turned graffiti artist and style mentor for urban youth—an uncensored Bronx Hip Hop story. During a gang shoot-out in a local park, Julius Cavero suffered three shots to the leg, one nearly severing his major artery, left for dead by gang rivals and so-called comrades. T-Kid survived the ordeal only to come face-to-face with 3 weeks of intensive surgical procedures. In those three weeks, Julius Cavero sketched, endlessly. It was then that he chose to become T-KID 170—T for the tall and skinny look he had, and KID just because that's what so many people called him. At that moment, Julius Cavero gave up gang life for a new vocation. T-Kid would now focus on art, specifically street art: graffiti.

The Nasty Terrible T-KID 170 retraces his life from the early 1960s to 2005 through his written accounts and artwork, including images of painted trains, walls, canvases, drawings, and sketches produced over the last thirty years. Few artists today can tell a tale like T-KID's—a ghetto childhood, gangbanging, and daring feats of graffiti. Many who lived in such times either left their lives or their art behind. T-KID, who won fame early on, lives to tell the tale and withstood the test of time.