In the early days of graffiti culture in the United States artists' had not only a great deal of notoriety with regard to their work but anonymity was in high volume which is why they received such an outlaw status. And this is why we all now know how much the late Ed Koch loved SEN One just to give an example. Their stories may read like folklore and myth to some who encounter them. But nevertheless they are captivating, humorous and downright entertaining to say the least.
All most certainly applies to George Colon. His story is just as worthy of a look as is any who pioneered the art form. Colon who has long held the moniker AIM - a acronym that reads out as art in motion - founded the Soul Stoned Brothers crew back in Willamsburg, Brooklyn in the early 1970s. His tale is one of how art basically kept his life from being terminated and of overcoming substance abuse issues.
Colon still paints, draws and creates but in addition to this he does speaking engagements about his life story while serving as an addiction counseling specialist. Recently he participated in The Fifth Annual is Hip Hop History? Conference at The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) last month. It was there where I was able to catch up with Colon who was able to dispense some sage advice for others who are navigating the rough currents of the art world. The only difference was that I did not have to hunt him down like Jack McGee after Dr. Banner which has happened in the past with others seeking him.