Graffiti photo flashback: The reign of the TKO crew's KOZE
Originally published in tandem with Jared Jacang Maher's 2009 feature "The Writing's on the Wall," about the arrest and conviction of Timothy Barajas, aka KOZE, the leader of Denver's TKO crew, the photos are a vivid reminder of the way things used to be. Check out the images below, complete with original 2009 cutlines. To read Maher's feature, click here.
Unknown "KOZE heads Denver's TKO crew. Originated in the mid-'90s by graffiti artist TOOMER in South Central Los Angeles, TKO now has roughly a thousand members in cities across the U.S., Europe and Mexico." Unknown "Sometimes the buffing of regular graffiti targets can create some interesting patterns. The property owner of Zuni Plaza in the Highlands has taken the multi-color approach." Unknown "BUKET traveled from out of state just to paint Denver with fellow TKO members."
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Unknown "'Someday that's me.' On the opposite wall, ERA spots a piece by EMIT. A member of RTD and DF crews, EMIT is known for his clean, east coast-influenced style."