Tony Silver, RIP

I hate opening my Inbox in the morning and reading about the passing of a friend. This is one of those posts that won’t do justice to what I’m trying to talk about.

I know that I always looked up to Tony and Henry when Susan and I were working on Art Crimes. They set the standard, along with Martha Cooper, on documenting graffiti. I love all of the videos that have been made over the years, but it was Tony’s skill behind the camera that brought the movement to light and made the work sing. Tony’s skill made graffiti legit. Because of his careful and thoughtful treatment, it Style Wars made you proud to be a writer. It made you want to take yourself seriously because he had peeled back the layers of this craft and the artisans behind it. He also made you feel like you could be a part of the movement and that everyone involved had a role that mattered. He was around and cared about the movement enough to unearth the archive of footage that couldn’t be shown the first time around

Beyond all of that, Tony was a real cool guy. He was a blast to be around. He was around quite a bit when we were working on the Style Wars DVD at Funny Garbage and we had quite a few back and forths when distribution wasn’t happening for the DVD and we were trying to get it to retail on Art Crimes. He was always thoughtful and patient and tried to make sure the right thing happened.

Check out what Mare has to say, because he knew Tony much better than I.

Here’s Style Wars.

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