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Those of you who were lucky enough to be around Orange County/Los Angeles back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when writing was blowing up, will definitely remember the name “Chaka”. His infamous moniker was scrawled all across Southern California and became sort of an urban legend. Chaka was everywhere, chaka was nowhere. People always claimed to know him, or to have gone hitting up the heavens with him, but you never really knew. Well, come this Saturday April 25th, he will re-introduce himself to the City of Angels.

Daniel Ramos, AKA Chaka, was 18 when he was arrested and charged in 1991 with 48 counts of vandalism, trespassing and causing $500,000 in property damage. Chaka’s signature tag had appeared in a staggering 10,000 locations from Orange County to San Francisco. At the height of his notoriety Chaka was demonized by mainstream media and culture as being little more than a prolific vandal. At the same time he was celebrated by street artists who admired the ability of a teenager from the projects to literally make his mark on the vast, glitzy LA cityscape in such a ubiquitous manner. He is credited with breaking away from the New York “wildstyle” popular at the time and introducing clearer, more blockish lettering into tagging. Chaka was one of the first to create a reputation as a recognizable individual tagger, and spawned many imitators. However Chaka was not just a lone operative. He was part of the LOD crew and as such, his work in reclaiming hard to reach places of the cityscape (freeway overpasses, walls, trains etc) on behalf of his crew is recognized by fellow taggers as a selfless achievement for LA’s graffiti scene as a whole.

After spending a year tracking down the once unavoidable Chaka, Mid-City Arts presents his first solo show. For Chaka’s fans as well as street art collectors, this will be a rare opportunity to revisit the nostalgia of the early 90’s, and own a piece of LA’s cultural history. Chaka himself will be in attendance and there will be a limited number of signed posters in addition to his works available for sale. The opening reception will take place April 25th, 7:00-9:00pm at Mid-City Arts, 5113 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019. For more info visit:

via Mid-City Arts

Filed by chris santiago at April 23rd, 2009 under BLOG

Great post!! Seriously, I was thinking about him the other day. Awesome…only our old ass will remember him. How about hitting up the elevator in the court room he went to trial in..

Comment by Joseph — April 23, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

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