Yesterday around 5:00 pm I got a call from Serena Lujan. I know that my good friend Savador Lujan calls me from his sister (Serena Lujan's) number sometimes, so I answered, "Serena, long time no hear from." The voice quickly replied in a female voice. It was Serena. I actually had never met or talked to Serena before so it kinda caught me off guard. She began to ask, "Is this Perk?" Im like, "Yeah, this is Perk." Then she said, "Salvador is gone, he died today and I thought you might wanna know." At first I was thinking that Sal must be trying to play some sort of joke on my cause he knows I am a jokester, but I realized that it wasn't a joke when I could hear her crying at the other end of the phone. All I can tell you is that I was in shock. I didn't know what to say other that , "You gotta be kidding me!?!"
          She began to tell me that Salvador was riding a skateboard over at the skatepark when someone noticed that he fell down and was not getting up. By the time the ambulance had arrived, Sal was gone.
          To those of you that don't know my good friend Salvador "BIZR" Lujan, he is the father to alot of us graff heads in California. A HUGE  influence to a collective of hip hop heads around the world. When I was a freshman in High School, before I even knew what graffiti was, I would walk to school and see these tags,
"FREE LORD BIZR." Even before that, when I was in middle school I had gotten approached about my green shoes. The person asked if I was in LORDS. I had no clue what they were talking about. Just a few years later I would be sketching and painting with my crew! 

MODESTO LORDS CREW CIRCA 92-93

A few months ago Salvador posted an email to the crew. He gave us a history lesson. To myself I knew a bit about the origins, but not enough. I am one of the probably 6th or 7th generation heads. I can't even call it. There are LORDS in San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Modesto, L.A, San Diego, France, Austria, Australia, New York, North Carolina, I can't call em all. In this email he broke down some math for us. Check it.

                                                                  Written By: Salvador "BIZR" Lujan

IT WAS IN THE YEAR 1986 THAT THIS CREW STARTED GETTING ITS FAME "LEGENDS OF RARE DESIGNS" IT DERIVED FROM TWO CREWS "TOGETHER WE CREATE" AND "SAN JOSE STYLES" TOGETHER WE CREATE WAS THE FIRST WEST COAST CREW I GOT INTO WHICH WAS GOING TO BE CALLED "DEVESTATING CREATIONS" SNO ONE, WISPER ONE, SHEN SHEN 210, POE AND MYSELF. IT WAS POE WHO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO CHANGE THE NAME TO TWC, A CREW HE WAS IN BACK IN THE EAST COAST " TOGETHER WE CHILL" THAT CREW GREW TO ABOUT 10 MEMBERS PHANTASM, LEGACY, WIZARE, WIZE, SILENT, SINDY AND CALICO. IT WAS A WIERD TIME FOR ALL OF USE AND THE CREW FELL APART.

I WAS ON A MISSION TO GAIN KING OF THE CITY. IN DOING SO I MET ALOT OF WRITERS FROM ALL OVER TOWN. AT THAT TIME PEEPS WERE GOING TO THE BAY TO PAINT IN OAKLAND AND FRISCO. CREW AOUT THERE WERE ON THAT TURF TRIP AND JACKING FOOLS FOR THERE PAINT OR KICKIN PEEPS OUT OF THERE YARDS SOME WERE EVEN GETTING BEATDOWNS... SO I DECIDED TO START A CREW THAT REPPED SAN JOSE. BEING THAT WE ALL HAD OUR OWN STYLE HENCE THE NAME "SAN JOSE STYLES" I WAS STILL PUSHING TWC WITH POE AND WISPER AND A FEW OTHERS. SNO AND SHEN STARTED "PARTNERS IN CRIME" THE OLD CREW STILL HUNG OUT EVEN WITH SOME PERSONAL DRAMA GOING ON. FRIENDS STAYED TRUE TO EACHOTHER.   I WAS MISSING US ALL BEING DOWN IN THE SAME CREW SO I DECIDED I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I HAD TO COME UP WITH A CREW THAT WOULD HAVE US ALL WANTING TO TAKE PART IN IT. WE WERE BOYS DOWN FOR EACHOTHER AND I WAS CHILLING WITH ALOT OF OTHER HEADS THAT I FELT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE ON OUR TEAM.

I WENT HOME AFTER A DAY WITH THE BOYS. MY MOTHER HAD LEFT A BIBLE ON MY DRESSER... MY BOYS WERE HEAVY ON MY MIND AND THE THOUGHT OF BRINGING US BACK TOGETHER WAS REALLY BUGGING ME OUT. I REMEMBERED HOW MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME THE BIBLE WAS THE BOOK OF ANSWERS. SO I PICKED IT UP AND STARTED READING IT BY CRACKING THE BOOK AND SIMPLY READING THE PAGE IT OPENED UP TO. AFTER READING A FEW PAGES IT CAME TO ME... THE ONE PERSON THAT EVERYBODY LOOKED UP TO "THE LORD"... SO THEN I GRABED MY DICTIONARY AND STARTED LOOKING FOR THE WORDS THAT WOULD BRING IT ALL TOGETHER. LEGEND CAME OUT EASY, OBSCURE WAS MY FIRST CHOISE, SINCE WE WERE ALL ARTIST THE WORD RARE SEEMED TO WORK, THEN DESIGN BROUGHT IT TOGETTHER, BUT IT DIDNT FLOW TO WELL SO I SLEPT ON IT. AND WHEN I WOKE UP IT CAME TO ME LEGENDS OF RARE DESIGN'S... THAT WAS IT... I HAD FOUND THE KEY TO BRING MY OLD CREW BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.  

WE ALWAYS MET UP AT WISPERS CRIB BEFORE ENDING OUR DAY SO THAT DAY I WAS ALL SMILES CAUSE I KNEW THIS WAS IT. THIS WAS WHAT WAS GOING TO GET THE TEAM BACK. AT  WISPERS POE AND SNO WERE DOING THEIR DAILY BBOY BATTLE AND WISPER WAS WORKING ON SOME SKETCHING. I SAT WITH HIM AND TOLD HIM OF MY IDEA. I WROTE IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND SHOWED IT TO HIM "LORDS" HE WAS LIKE DAMN I LIKE IT... BUT THEN I TOLD HIM THAT THAT WASN'T THE NAME THAT IS JUST WHAT WE WOULD WRITE... THEN WHEN I SAID WHAT IT'S TRUE MEANING WAS HE WAS LIKE AWE SHIT THATS HELLA TIGHT. POE AND SNO WERE LIKE WHAT THE FUCK YOU GUYS TALKING ABOUT... MY FIRST QUESTION TO THEM WAS ARE YOU GUYS READY FOR THIS... AND THE TEAM WAS BACK TOGETHER... BIGGER AND DEFFER. MOST OF THE GUYS FROM SJS WERE PUT ON AND THE CREW GREW FROM THERE. TAG MASTER, PICASSO, CURSE, AMAZER, NEON, TEZACON, DEFCON, DEFROCK,RAYVYN, RICH GUESS, DASH, DEOZ, SHORTY, DESS, IROC, SCRIPTO, ICON, SYAK, XTREAM, THEO, ROMEO, CAZAL, JAYONE, LEAR, CASANOVA, IMAGE, MESSENGER, SPARE, LIVE, DJAE, EAGER, DEVINE69, SKEEVO, K2, KASPER, SIRE  MAN ITS HARD TO REMEMBER ALL THE NAMES....

BY 1988 WE HAD GROWN TO THE POINT WHERE EVERYBODY THOUGHT THEY COULD WRITE IT.   IN FACT IT WAS GETIING TO BIG.. AND THE PIECERS WERE NOT FEELING THE BOMBERS. IT WAS THEN THAT I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SO AFTER ABOUT A WEEK I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO START PUSHING  L.I.F.E. FOR ALL THE BOMBERS. "LORDS IN FULL EFFECT". AT THAT POINT THE CREW WAS CUT IN HALF. AND THE BOMBERS WERE NO LONGER TO WRITE LORDS ONLY LIFE. UNLESS DOING A ROLL CALL. THUS BEGAN THE LORDS AND THE LIFERS PART OF THIS FAM....  

IN 89 I MOVED TO MODESTO AND DJAE WAS IN FRISCO. THE CREW GREW EVEN MORE I HAD MET UP WITH KAZE A FEW TIMES IN SJ AND ASKED HIM TO BE DOWN BUT AT THE TIME HE WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH HIS CREW TDR. LATER I FOUND OUT KAZE WAS IN MODESTO SO I LOOKED FOR HIM TURNED OUT HE LIVED DOWN THE STREET FROM ME... LIKE IT WAS MENT TO BE... SO I TALKED HIM INTO JOINING THE CREW HE CHILLED WITH MAZE SO MAZE GOT ON AT THAT POINT TO... ONE DAY WHILE BOOSTING AT THE MALL KAZE AND I RAN INTO SOME GUYS SPORTING SAN JOSE LORDS CAPS. SO WE WALKED UP TO THEM AND ASKED THEM WHATS WITH THE HATS... YOU GUYS IN LORDS.. THEY WERE LIKE YEAH WHATS UP? I WAS LIKE SO WHO DO YOU KNOW IN LORDS, WHO LET YOU IN... THEIR ANSWER WAS FUNNY THEY SAID THEY KNEW KAZE, BIZARE AND ZIKE. WHEN I HEARD ZIKE I KNEW THEY WERE TRUE AND IT ALL CAME TOGETHER... DESS/ZIKE HAD MOVED TO MODESTO AND PUT THESE GUYS DOWN...TASK AND CLONE. JESTER ALSO CAME IN AROUND THIS TIME. IN SAN JOSE DEBATE, TONE, EAZER, PASHE, TOPR, DOPER AND A FEW OTHERS.   IT WAS PASHE THAT STARTED THE FRESNO CHAPTER... I HOPE YOU CAN SHARE THAT WITH US PAUL... SLEEPY J, ZOOMBIE, RIKO, DRANE SHMOO...   IT WAS IN THE 90'S THAT I STARTED WORKING ON FRISCO WITH DJAE ME AND HIM WOULD LOOT ALL DAY AND PAINT ALL NIGHT. I MET QUAKE THROUGH A GUY WE WERE WORKING WITH. AND DJAE WAS LIKE BIZ WE GOTTA GET QUAKE DOWN THAT FOOL ROCKS THE HUGE SHIT... HE STARTED SHOWING ME FLICKS OF QUAKES UPS AND I WAS LIKE DAMN.. YEAH YEAH... SO I ASKED HIM AND HE WAS HONORED TO BE APART OF US. BRINGING SOME COOL HEADED GUYS WITH HIM. DEFIE, ROPES, MIES, KODIK, LOGER, CREASE, WERM,  AND A FEW OTHERS.

             This is the history of the crew from the eyes of BIZR himself. I am only putting this out there so it won't be lost in time or forgotten. I can hear his voice saying every word as I read it. He was the dude. Please share his memories on the comment box and love your family and friends, you don't know how long they will be with you.

                                                                        R.I.P  Salvador "BIZR" Lujan

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Brandon
01/30/2013 9:45am

Rest in Power Lord Bizr!

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pete c
01/30/2013 9:47am

Your legend will live for ever Biz see ya when i get there.

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Ernie C.
01/30/2013 11:12am

R.I.P. San Jose "Sal Lujan" gonna miss you bro

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Santiago
01/30/2013 10:56am

rest in peace Lord BizR!

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Ricki
01/30/2013 10:59am

Perk, Thank you for sharing this.

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"Herms1" TFL, UM,
01/30/2013 11:05am

Rest In Peace. You are a blessing in everyone's life you embraced. The Passion, the time, the motivation is priceless!!! I always say," there are so many bridge toll troles that hold so many people back from progression. But with Bizr, the truth poured out of him. Like he couldn't contain himself. Was so motivated to bring people together. Very on top of pushing an artist to his, hers potential... We have lost a vital link from the Motor that drives us all.... Peace , respect 2 all his family, friends and all who mourn our friend, brother, Sal "Bizr68" Lujan... We are all speechless... Peace, love, respect, "Herms1" TFL,UM, Jerry's Tattoo, 29LIFE!!!!!!

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Korin
01/30/2013 11:42am

The LORDS heaven has gained a true Hip Hop angel!

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01/30/2013 1:54pm

Sad news. Our condolences and much respect to his family and to those who carry on.

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Francisco F.
01/30/2013 2:25pm

I miss my brother in arms Bizr. He was always full of optimism. He had a vision for this family he founded. I remember the last time we talked. He had given me a task to fill in this family. I promise you Sal, I will not let you down. I love you brother...

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LeRoy Leonhardt
01/30/2013 3:29pm

He was a good man!

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B-52
01/30/2013 4:41pm

I respectfully looked up to Sal a lot. Gonna be missed by countless people. Kind hearted and a friend to all. RIP LORD BIZR68
B-52 ALB

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Lexy Love
01/30/2013 8:01pm

I love this story, R.I.P. Biz <3

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tamar
01/30/2013 8:20pm

gonna miss you Biz I have some great memories with you that i will never forget. Thanks Joe for this amazing history it is legendary and so is he.

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Cmann21
01/30/2013 8:43pm

Time to paint the heavens now that the lord has an extra large canvas for you god bless for your time here with us and the interaction with others who have been influenced by your light.

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jake g
01/30/2013 9:56pm

rip
sorry for your loss man. sounds like he was the man

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HOODS 1986 a.k.a A.D.VI
01/30/2013 10:29pm

I still remember da day we met in. 1983 we were tagging on da same building. We became life long friends. Miss you homie. Furious Lords And Syndicated Hoods. A.D.VI a.k.a. HOODS 1986

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HESK TITS, DSM.
01/31/2013 3:09am

RIP LORD BIZR

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Mike Hensley
01/31/2013 8:36am

I wish I would have made more time to kick it with you bro, you are gone to soon. I know I haven't gotten up in years, but when I sent you some pics of some new shit I was working on and asked you if I was still worthy of 209 KREW TFL, you told me TFL for life...thanx hommie...LORDMUSE Modesto CA.

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TT
01/31/2013 8:51am

im so sorry for your lose :( he was a sweet man crazy to see a person one day n not another... appreciate smiles n laughs n art and just love n general.. were never gauranteed today.. rip

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DemonFreak_CYBER_TSK
01/31/2013 10:17am

REST IN PARADISE

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Patricia Ontiveros stinson
01/31/2013 7:42pm

RIP u will be missed . my prayers go to your familia and friends.

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01/31/2013 7:43pm

Lord Bizr was so loved and respected by so many. And he was such a kind man to me the few times our paths crossed.

Rest in peace, Sal. You'll be sorely missed.

Peace and respect to LORDS Crew.
Hugs and tears.

Deepest sympathies for friends and family.

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MYK 1 TMC SF
01/31/2013 9:42pm

REST IN PEACE LORD BIZR!!!!

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MYK 1 TMC SF
01/31/2013 9:44pm

...REST IN PEACE LORD BIZR...

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EFX1NER*ARMOB*SFCALIFAS
02/01/2013 2:45am

I am taken back about BizR passing, just seen his pic on FB....I remember the day I meet him, it was over @ LORDS DJAE, back in 1990, he was Wyling out on some pieces he had done the night before...He was cool, not big headed like some cats get or who I've meet. I am lucky to have meet, and known BIZ...

My upmost RespectS to his Familia & LORDS CREW.

Yo Biz! Rest In Peace Big Homie~Paint the skies man~paint the skies....

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Sergio
02/01/2013 8:46am

RIP lord BIZZ, from the IH, TMD crew

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realmone
02/01/2013 10:33am

Rest in peace to a legend That will be spoken about And his name carried on With respect

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lisette ♡♥
02/01/2013 3:27pm

Legendz Never Die..RIP Lord BIZR

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cern
02/01/2013 3:49pm

Bizr was a positive influence for me. He always was excited to see you push for your best work and,loved to share it with others. He introduced me to so many others I would've never known without him. Thanks Biz for all your kindness.

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LORD TEASER
02/02/2013 2:47am

R.I.P. love you brother , you'll be missed

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02/02/2013 8:35am

rest in paradise...
remember the good times
1 love***

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02/02/2013 3:18pm

All my love and respect to sal "LORD BIZR" 's family and friends. you will never be forgotten Biz !

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MENZIN
02/02/2013 9:10pm

TO MY BRO SAL I MISSED YOU WHEN YOU TOOK OFF FROM SAN JOSE I FIND YOU AND NOW THIS DAM BRO ILL SEE YOU UP THERE I LOVE YOU BRO SKITTLES

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PEZ 1 FOK Sj 4o8.
02/02/2013 9:37pm

Rip BiZ. Gona b missed by so many. TFL.

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Sean Cockrum
02/02/2013 9:52pm

Have a lot of great memories DJing parties with Bizr. He will be missed. RIP

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02/03/2013 9:10pm

Rest in Paradise. ALWAYS SADDENED. BY THE DEATH OF A TRUE RESPECTABLE. GRAFF KING

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spinx
02/05/2013 4:12am

RIP 2 e graf don,his works will 4eva b remember.Zimbabwe

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Motion Music Modesto
02/06/2013 2:25am

Salvador "Bizr68" Lujan My Friend You Will Be Missed But Forgotten.
Deepest Sympathies For Friends and Family

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02/11/2013 1:19am

RIP BIZR
Gone but not forgotten

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ALFA
02/11/2013 9:59am

R.I.P LORD BIZR........SJ LEGEND.

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PHAMEONE
03/17/2013 6:37am

LordEseVatoBiszyLocs; dammmm bro, '86 seems like yesterday.. rolling on your vespa to the walls of fame or chilln at wispers or poe's house.. these r some of the best memories of my life. you have influenced the west coast scene and countless bboys & girls. ill missu and smile when i reminiss. rest in peace, my friend.

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dizo
04/02/2013 10:57pm

Lords for life. Sj rip.

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Naomi
04/10/2013 1:37pm

R.I.P sal
it's been 20 years since we hung out you used to take the bus from Modesto to see me you were the sweetest man. we were kids back then I cherish your letters you sent when you were down. I can't believe your gone too soon. rest in paint old friend.

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Javier A. Torres
04/11/2013 5:06pm

A true pioneer of his time! My heart goes out to his family. RIP LORD BIZAR. You will be missed but not forgotten.

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Hashime Delphin
04/24/2013 7:19pm

RIP BIZ...WE USED TO CHILL AT WISPERS HOUSE BACK IN 86..

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Dizo
04/27/2013 3:04am

Biz the walls of fame willnot forget you £©RD$™

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Taskone
05/23/2013 10:16am

To my brother I love and miss u . U showed me a whole new life wen I met u. U were ther for me threw my hard times and good . I'm just glad the last few weeks u got to reach out and influence my son the same way I no he won't ever forget scetching with u

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Thomas Talamantes
09/18/2013 10:44am

bizare was more than my friend he was my brother. U r truly missed
Of the love LORD WISPER TWC TFL LIFE

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10/25/2013 11:30pm

I just created a weebly account after finding your blog, thanks.

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10/31/2013 9:55pm

I myself want to start a blog , thanks to you now I can understand the pattern of writing a blog of my own.

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11/03/2013 1:57am

Rip biz68!trippin I barely read about it on line.all about the first gen.1988.u will be remembered always as the KING of SAN JO1.
Much luv. LORD ENVY1

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DA BINO AKA HOODS 1986
11/04/2013 11:06am

Aloha. Is this LORD WISPER or his brother? Either way ALOHA from da HOOD 1986. IT HAS BEEN MANY YRARS. Glad fo hear you are not lockrd up & are doing good. ALIHA DA BINO

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11/12/2013 3:47am

Very nice and helpful information has been given in this article. I like the way you explain the things on Passing Of A Graffiti LEGEND blog. Keep posting. Thanks..

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David Taylor
01/08/2014 10:19am

Nice, was wondering about the Lords crew. I grew up in San Jo (Mt. Pleasant, August Boeger, Robert Sanders) 1973-Today, now living N. King near Lundy area, East Side!) I'd always would see Lords tagged on the buses, everywhere way back when. I was a punk rocker and didn't give a shit about any of that but still bad ass to know the history of a legendary tag family. God bless all of you and stay up!

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01/29/2014 7:23am

Interesting post, i love to visit your blog everyday

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ZEROX LORDS, TFL, LIFE, LAWS
02/13/2014 4:03pm

I remember when I met BIZ on 19th st when I was twelve. I was breaking on the sidewalk. He accepted me when o one else knew what to do with a lil' white B-Boy rockin fat laces. He shared the story about his grandmother's Bible and sent me out rockin Santa Clara with Lear. He told me to hit up Lords everywhere. Later I made a mess of my life and made more mistakes than I can count. Then, I gave my life to the same Lord that Bizr's grandmother told him about--The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I will still never forget the days of hangin w/ Biz, DJ, Phame and others. God bless all of you. RIP BIZR.

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the fiftyseventh letter
02/19/2014 12:31pm

grand master
the last time we spoke i told you, you were world wide, and we kept hollering back and forth, world wide, world wide, we made it, we made it.
bis, all the times we shared were historic and golden thanks for all the love wisdom walks talks writings laughter and memories. thanks for always watching out for me, thanks for being strong but humble and never losing your composer, thanks for the brotherhood we shared. youve been nothing but a blessing to me and my life.
all realness love and respect
your best friend ,djae

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the first & last
02/19/2014 1:02pm

wisper tagmaster shorty texacon dash ness romeo decoy theo rich snow devine shen nexus raevyn picasso skeevo

deoz script curse cazal wikd the j wizr(started tfl) disngirl lear
phame zerox ram zulu gremlin skittles djae mess teach
pasche ime icon live glare ruen broke dess saint xcel quiet
easr toper teaser jester act 1 dizo

poesia task bishop destin fasm desire 7000 design drain rico
payne sleepy j quake defy krease ropes log sect jolts spoze
sibl adee vows skert apex 2roc saer jaya anti jenks royal doper pheckt chero shue

dest natrl tyboe sace satyr chez susan f leuse kosek use leks
skypage renos wesk styles pastime rob 1 anger nesta toro
clown swipe nuetron neto zone naka perk serius nychos

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leerone lords tfl rns
07/10/2014 2:14am

Dam rip my old freind to all of out there much love up most respect first gen djae hola at your boys onetime

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