Melvin "Noc 167" Henry Samuel
Noc 167 began to write graffiti at 11 and became a few years later the leader of his crew:"Dead Squad." He also takes part of the crew Otb :"Out to Bomb," with whom he covered of graffiti the subway trains. He stopped in 1980 to paint on canvas. He participates very quickly to Fashion Moda’s exhibitions, and then regularly in group exhibitions. His style was particularly innovative. Noc 167 is part of the second generation of New York graffiti writers, designing 3D letterings.
He has been able to create speed and movement in his drawings throught "Wild Style letters. He realized with Zephyr and Sharp, the Graffiti piece introducing one of the cult movie about Hip Hop culture and Graffiti: "Wild Style" directed by Charlie Ahearn. On another side, very attracted by the comics, he realised one for Marvel Comics under another nickname.
© J.Eugène / Speerstra Gallery 2010