SJK 171, aka Steve the Greek (born c.1957) is a New York City graffiti artist who was active during the late 1960s and 1970s. A native of Washington Heights, he was a founding member of United Graffiti Artists, one of the first professional graffiti collectives.
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SJK 171 attended the High School of Art and Design along with a number of other early graffiti artists, and began writing in 1968 under the name SJK 171. His work was the first triple outline, large colorful letters to appear on the 1 Line of the New York City Transit System. Some sources have recognized him as a graffiti pioneer and also for originating the "squiggly lines" style of outlining graffiti.[better source needed] In early 1971, he began to use the "swiggly radiant energy lines" later popularized by Keith Haring. SJK 171 is also credited with pioneering the use of arrows in graffiti writing around this same time. In 1973, SJK 171 was featured in a New York Magazine essay on graffiti art by Richard Goldstein.
Gallery and show appearancesEdit
1973: A collaborative mural bearing SJK 171's tag, along with those of PHASE 2 and a dozen other early graffiti artists, was the main attraction at a gallery show of graffiti art at Razor Gallery in SoHo. SJK 171 was also one of several graffiti writers featured in the backdrop design for the Joffery Ballet's production of Deuce Coupe.
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