Known as the ‘Godfather of Graffiti’, SEEN began spray-painting trains on the New York Subway at the age of 11.
Throughout the Seventies and Eighties, SEEN built up a name for himself by painting New York Subway with bright lettering and cartoon characters, earning a reputation as one of the best known graffiti artists in the world.
But after spending 16 years spray-painting underground, SEEN, real name Richard Mirando, became disillusioned with the graffiti scene and set up his own tattoo parlour as a way to continue making art.
Now more likely to be seen exhibiting canvas work in a commercial gallery than painting illegally outside at night, Mirando still thinks the street art scene is not what it used to be.
“Today it’s just gone so far to the point where you don’t know what’s real or fake anymore. It’s missing the mysteriousness about it,” he says, adding that advancements in technology have also changed the graffiti scene as it is known today.