He was born Giuseppe (Joseph) Palattella, but he would become “DON 1, M.A.F.IA.” The Italian-American teen from Queens helped put the borough and the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit (BMT) subway lines on the 1970s graffiti map. Decades later, a new book hopes to rediscover that legacy.
A blank canvas – lacking a defined identity and purpose – can be a daunting task for any artist. Many grow to hate its vacant stare, praying for inspiration to end the monotony of its colorless complexion. Often, it can lead to hasty or unimaginative work. Such dilemmas are nonexistent for Louie Gasparro, who adores [...]