RIFF 170 - portrait at the famous benching spot from the 70s in the Bronx, 2019

RIFF 170 / Unknown

Urban Art, Graffiti

February 2, 2021

It started in the early 1970’s with a commercial, a child and an idea from the Boogie down. With focused eyes RIF comes across the screen. Reading Is Fundamental was a program aimed to get young children to read but it would also change the world.

RIFF 170 - NYC, 2020

A young mind added an extra F and Reading Is Fundamentally Fantastic 170 was born. RIFF 170 will go down in history as one of the most important if not the most important person in style writing culture. Shortly after meeting the other most important person PHASE 2 (RIP), RIFF 170 was a name everyone was going to know.

RIFF 170 - flyer for Dj Kool Herc and Coke-La-Rock, 1978

In 1971, an 11 year old master of style RIFF 170 took over the transit system and NYC with his ground breaking and next level master pieces and concepts. Not only did he set the bar for style at such a young age, he wrote more than just RIFF 170.

RIFF 170 - Untitled drawing, 1984

There were his many other alias such as WORM 161, AS 2, DOVE 2, MR. 6 and CASH 2, just to name a few. RIFF 170 stopped writing by the time he was 16 but inspired countless generations of writers to come all over the world.

RIFF 170 - Top to bottom side profile character from the early 70's

Wherever you see a piece in the world, you will see the foundations RIFF 170 has developed to make this culture what it truly is.

Featured image: RIFF 170 - portrait at the famous benching spot from the 70's in the Bronx, 2019. All images and text courtesy of the artist.