United States 1961


United States
May 5, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. jean.gallard@widewalls.ch

Julius Cavero, T-KID (or Terrible T-KID 170) was born 1961 New Jersey.  In 1968 T-Kid had first encounter with graffiti at 7 years old. He starts to notice names like TRACY 168, PHASEII, STICH ONE & THE MAN 500. In 1969 after his parents’ divorce, T-kid leaves the South Bronx and goes to live in Puerto Rico.

In 1972 he moves back to Queens.  Soon after, T-kid runs away to move in with his father in the Bronx.

T-Kid begins to build a solid reputation as a great acrobat on the swings and starts to write KING13. He is quickly noticed by a gang called the “Bronx Enchanters” and recruited as he starts taking up b-boying. He changes his name to SEN102. In 1977 badly wounded by three gunshots in a gang shout out, T-kid is left almost dead in a park. Hospitalized in the emergency unit, T-Kid survives. While in bed for many weeks, he draws endlessly and chooses to become T-Kid 170 (T for the tall and skinny look he had, and kid was just what many people called him). T-kid gives up his gang life to focus on his art.

The adventures of T-Kid 170 begin. Tracy 168 becomes his mentor Padre Dos teaches him rhythm and style. Along with Peser, he starts a crew called The Nasty Boys (TNB). He paints trains with BOOZER, KEL 139, SHY147, RIN, SHOCK 123 and CRAZY 505 (his brother Alex) Today T-Kid’s crew T.N.B. is a cross-border organization. Its members include people from Germany, France, the UK and Spain. Its unique lettering style with inserted characters has become well known throughout the world and inspired many imitators and followers. Mist and Jay (who are taking part in the exhibition) acknowledge T-Kid’s influence. T-kid has been shown at many exhibitions in Europe as well as New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Street Art AuctionFine Art Auction, MiamiGroup
2014Urban Art AuctionArtcurial Briest-Poulain-F. TajanGroup
2013Sale Wink on the twentieth - Design, Photography, Vintage, Contemporary Art ...Damien LeclereGroup
2013Urban ArtBonhams New Bond StreetGroup
2013City of Gold Urban Art FestivalJohannesburg, SAGroup
2013DUMBO Art FestivalBrooklyn, New YorkGroup
2012The Tribeca Music and Art Show caseGallery 69, NYGroup
2012Doyle+Design® / Street ArtDoyle, New YorkGroup
2012Modern and Contemporary Paintings SaleArtcurial, DeauvilleGroup
2012Street ArtArtcurial Briest-Poulain-F, TajanGroup
2012Street Art AuctionDamien LeclereGroup
2011Contemporary Art AuctionTajanGroup
2011Under the InfluencePhillips New York, Upper East SideGroup
2011Modern & Contemporary ArtArtcurial, DeauvilleGroup
2011Street ArtArtcurial Briest-Poulain-F. TajanGroup
201080sPhillips New York, ChelseaGroup
20101970-2010: 40 years of Graffiti ArtArtcurial Briest-Poulain-F. TajanGroup
2010NOW: Art of the 21st CenturyPhillips New York, ChelseaGroup
2009New York, New YorkPhillips New York, ChelseaGroup
2006European TourAll Across EuropeSolo
2005N.y. Legends - Cope2 : Ces : T-KidCrewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Subway Series - The New York Yankees and the American DreamBronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NYGroup