TATS Cru: The Mural Kings

TATS Cru: The Mural Kings

Produced and directed by Mark Kotlinski, in association with 88HipHop and Anthem NYC, TATS Cru The Mural Kings documents the history of TATS, and NYC graffiti, framed by the painting of the Graffiti Hall of Fame in Harlem.

Beginning with a history of TATS, from their inception as TAT to their connection with Fat Joe and TS to become TATS, The Mural Kings provides a much needed introduction to 70s graffiti in NYC. Complemented by archival footage and photographs, the DVD follows the current members of TATS—BIO, BG183, NICER, SEN2, and the twins HOW & NOSM—from their Bronx-based studio to 106 and Park in NYC to paint the Graffiti Hall of Fame. Well planned, executed, and edited, The Mural Kings flows smoothly from past to present, framing a partial history of NYC graffiti through interviews with TATS Cru, community members, and hip-hop artists/ex-graffiti writers, Fat Joe and DJ Kay Slay.

A profile of one of the first and most prominent mural companies run by graf artists, the story of TATS is one that needed to be told. While many DVDs documenting graffiti nowadays are amateur at best, The Mural Kings is a professional, but straight hip-hop look, at TATS Cru and the legacy they’ve built over the last 30 years.

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