A veteran graffiti artist of Brooklyn, specifically the Buswick neighborhood, known only as Zerococks has been terrorizing the so-called art of the Bushwick Collective, located chiefly off the Jefferson Street stop L train. As an attempt to maintain a carefully cultivated “street edge” in the neighborhood, Bushwick has been hiring graffiti artists since 2010 to give a distinct brand voice to the area’s graffiti. This flurry of hired graffiti hands ultimately became known as the Bushwick Collective.
As the Bushwick Collective has continued to rise to prominence in the conventional art world (they’ve even got a gallery show coming up in Chelsea in the same space showing the Space Jam exhibit), certain members of the less organized–and more seasoned–Bushwick graffiti community have taken issue with the Bushwick Collective’s need to flaunt their conventional, neatly manicured style in an area that was once known for rough-hewn graffiti, which, according to Zerococks, “does not include nonsensical white shit like Michelangelo from the Ninja Turtles.”
To make a point and attempt to, like so many before him, “bring ghetto back” to Bushwick, Zerococks has taken it upon himself to single-handedly graffiti over the graffiti. “If no one else in my league is gon’ do it, I’ll fucking take all these phonies on.” Just call him the Holden Caulfield of the graffiti world. Incidentally, the last graffito Zerococks tagged over was an image of J.D. Salinger.
Written by Genna Rivieccio