Heko Bas 1995

November 13, 2010

When I first saw this running I nearly shit my pants! I believe it was painted in Rebibbia layup and done so with marabu paints, you can tell from the brightness of the colors. Also the unmistakable cobalt blu, the greens, and the yellows…

I must say I was extremely influenced by this car in my later years. I really got into doing end to ends with background all the way up, and this car was all I could ask for to learn from!

Pour yourself a glass of good red wine for these guys…cheers!

p.s. – notice the dedication between Heko and Bas- “Grand Master Fume”. That’s Fume from Dusseldorf who came to Rome a couple years earlier and actually taught Romans how to take up the space on subway cars by painting larger pieces…by the looks of it, seems he was successful!


ZTK 1995

November 3, 2010

This was supposed to be a wholecar…but our inexperience led us to get proportions wrong and fall just a wee bit short of the whole car…probably one of the first large productions as a crew, we wanted it to be visible alright, so we chose the color black…We’d never seen something both big and black running before and figured it just might get us noticed. We had no fatcaps yet, it’s all filled in with stock caps, and with guards goin’ around, it was a difficult night and took us ’till morning to complete. The next day it didn’t run. Neither did it run in the following weeks.

Rome is referred to worldwide as the Eternal City, because nothing ever changes here, things just always stay the same. Maybe authorities were afraid we might lose Eternal City status if they allowed the black car to run, so we thought they had either buffed it or trashed it altogether…

A month later it finally ran, proving that in Rome it is possible to change things, but you really have to want it badly enough! Needless to say this black car ran until the year 2000, unbuffed…then again maybe Rome really can’t escape its Eternal City curse after all!

RCBoom 1996 / GORztk-JOEtrv 1997 / JN GEL throwups 1999

November 1, 2010

During the summer of ’96 the Rome subway was on fire both due to the extreme heat but especially for the massive quantity of new pieces running on the trains. Literally overnight, numerous trains appeared with what seemed to be foreign names: the sheer number of new panels, top to bottoms and especially wholecars were a shock to many. It was the RCB crew from Berlin. Roma City Bombin’, RCBoom, RCBullets; RCBline vandalz; these as well as other pseudonyms all greeted our eyes. Unfortunately for them, they went over a handful of our stuff. In retaliation we made it a mission to destroy all their running pieces. Thinking back, I definitely show admiration for the way in which they quickly seized a spot on the Roman trains, be it A-line, B-line, Lido, North line, regional trains, stations, tracksides, they did it all in a matter of a few weeks!

Clint Aser Tyson 96 Jon One 95

September 6, 2010

On the right car a primordial Jon and One gold wholecar…that period we were doing like a couple of these every night at least…funny thing is we didn’t have fatcaps yet, we filled in completely with stock caps and that took some time. The outline you had to pass over a few times to even see it from a few meters away, let alone far away from the train line…I love how gold paint turns dark and gets crappy…it gives you a perspective on how old a fill-in actually is.

Notice how the third car from the front of the train is clean? Well trains usually filled up from the first car onwards…cause the first cars are obviously the easiest to hit. This also gives an insight into the cronology of graffiti on Rome’s subs. Clint Aser and Tyson setting new standards of heat-temperature for the burning of metal.

One Joe Gor 1997

September 5, 2010

Freshly painted subway car, I guess One’s camouflage technique actually worked in getting more trains done without being seen. On the car to the right you can see Ansel Smod panels by One and Jon from the year before still running with dirt and grime all over them…

Sometimes painting in Magliana yard felt like you had just come from a war in Vietnam or something…

Pane Tyson Gin Trv 1995

July 20, 2010

I believe this was painted by the three in Rebibbia layup under the street level. The flick was taken in Magliana station, good for taking photos because also the lido trains pass by so you can check both lines at once.

The only problem is you’re easily seen by the guards and chased…There’s times when it’s easier to paint the train than to photograph it!


July 19, 2010

An evening at the sea, drunk out of our minds with plenty of silver and black paint…a couple trains got totally trashed with throwups by the usual guys, ya know like One, Gel, Jon, Chico, and Gor…

I guess what alcohol did to us, we did to the trains, as the saying goes…”An eye for an eye”…

…as long as you’ve got one eye left to read what’s on the damn trains… ’cause as Mahatma Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.

GA throwup 1997

July 17, 2010

“Ga” throwup done by Gast. I love his throwups. What makes them even more powerful is the fact that this guy stutters when he speaks so seeing traincars covered in gagagagagaga’s is such a reflection of who he is that it gives his stuff just that much more expressiveness…

Oh Wow! 1999

July 16, 2010

Here’s a flick from the end of the millennium showing a B line train and a Lido line train in all their glory! That’s just to give you an idea how bombed the Rome subway was back in the golden years. Up front on the B-line you can clearly see a ONE blockbuster wholecar from ’99, then a Gast-One-Gor e2e painted in ’98, on the next car a Gor from ’97 and a silver Gast t2b from the same day the One wholecar was done. On the lido train on the second car you can admire a Tuff Joe Sugo e2e by the TRV’s done in ’97 by the sea.

That’s it right? Well, actually on the wall behind the B-train there’s also a Stand piece, a character by Pane, and a Jon piece! I guess you couldn’t ask for a better lineup of roman writers all in one photo.


Zeir Gor ’96, Go Ga ’98

June 27, 2010

There was a period when all you could see on the B-line were throwups. Every train, every car was like it had been through war. Throwups are the essence of trainbombing. Here Gast and Gor let loose at Laurentina endstop in the morning while the driver in the train is reading the newspaper.

The funny thing is if you were sitting in Piramide station checking out subways, often you would see trains going towards Laurentina and come back 40 minutes later freshly bombed!