who we are
New York, during the mid-1980’s, was an amazing time for graffiti writers. Trains were crushed, styles were poppin, and TC-5 was one of the main crews at the forefront of the thriving graffiti scene.
The crew’s roots originate from the early 1970’s with The Crazy 5, which was a legendary crew from the Bronx with an impressive roster consisting of BLADE, DEATH, VAMM, TULL 13, CRACHEE, and later AJAX, COMET, SILVER TIPS, and MAZE. Keep in mind, in the earlier days of graffiti, most writer’s wrote for a few years then moved on. COMET and BLADE weren’t the average writers though, and crushed NYC Transit through the late 70’s into the early 80’s.
After most of the original members of The Crazy 5 had retired, in a somewhat controversial move at the time, COMET granted presidency of TC-5 to a writer from the Bronx named SEEN (or as some called him, L’il SEEN). SEEN reshaped the crew with some of the freshest writers of his generation such as BEAM, JUICE, DOZE, DOC, LADY PINK, as well as expanding the crew primarily from the Bronx into a true All-City force. As you can see from the flicks, TC-5 rocked the number and letter lines hard with some of the freshest cars pulled out on the NYC Subway system, and has continued to push the boundaries of contemporary letter and character styles over the past 25 years.
Seen receives crew from Comet of The Crazy Five while he was with Phade and Kems. Blade and Comet were creating a new crew called the Impact Brothers. The original members of The Cool Five starting out were Seen, Phade, Kems, Sound 7, Cey and Tank.
Seen paints with CASE(more frequent) and BUTCH through 1981.
Seen and Doze both start High School in 1978. Crew Meeting held at The High School of Art & Design; Devious Doze made Vice Prez. Seen and Doze start recruiting writers both male and female. Seen and Doze hold court and counsel at A&D lunch room.
Seen Kings the insides with coloured inks through 82.
The Fabel / Cap incident: More HS A&D artists are recruited. Fabel,FOME,2Near,Lady Pink, Lady heart and Lady Tramp went hard,..etc…
A more advanced Seen partners up with up and coming Skeme.
Seen moves to Rhode Island, Doze (VP), Juice (VP), Beam and Doc assume leadership with Seen remaining President at large. Seen featured in WildStyle
Seen creates The Cool Five Brooklyn and Queens Division. Doc given Brooklyn and Queens Chief of Operations. The beginning of the artistic assault on New York’s IRT subway line, major styles innovation and advancement from 1984 until 1988. Seen and Doze featured in Stylewars and Doze was featured in Beat Street
The Cool Five is completely international.
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commercial collaborations and projects
The Cool Five has been able to produce hundreds of productions in promotion of the crew and in the promotions of events or services for groups, companies and institutions worldwide. We have lectured and shown the rich history of graffiti’s early days as well as spoken to and produce pieces in the current trends in graffiti today. If your organization requires graffiti or urban design services or information we are the go to group for you.
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The five provides lecture and design services on the origins of graf, our crew and talks about the richness of the graffiti culture..
The five has members with skillsets in a variety of disciplines from the art to full blown productions in all media.All you have to do is ask.
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