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NYC Box Truck: Bronx w/ Wane

Mention the Bronx in a few places around the globe and you’re likely to get one of two responses from those that know— intrigue or dismay. Both stem from the same source, the borough’s infamy. Infamy for the sheer poverty that has historically plagued it, and ironically, created the conditions that birthed one of the most revered pockets of early, bourgeoning hip hop culture.

Wane COD Painting

Ask Wane COD and he’ll probably tell you firsthand what his esteemed borough meant to him and his style in the early ‘80s, when he dived headfirst into the language that’s taken him around the world— graffiti. This first-person knowledge of the terrain and legacy is what’s also given Wane the opportunity to participate in a special box truck series— with special thanks to Nike— as the second of several renowned writers and artists to visually represent their boroughs by way of the quintessential four-wheeled canvas.

Wane COD NYC Box Truck

Crediting his influence to the ‘70s-‘80s “wild style” crucible of letters and colors that covered the above-ground trains at the time, Wane laced his box truck in a dualistic fashion that honors the yin and yang of his Bronx story. Granted that it was a bitter cold day at the industrial location of the session, it’s also highly symbolic of the bitter, brutal, and real-deal feel of the BX arena. So there’s that. Football fans should also note that the “ice” is also a nod to the first Superbowl ever to take place in the Big Apple this year. It was a showdown in
the “Ice Cold City.” The other side of the truck holds down a sharp and colorful piece that synthesizes decades of discipline and miles, all stemming from Wane’s odyssey of hearing, seeing, and eventually following in the footsteps of the aerosol pioneers that inspired him.

Wane Box Truck Night

The result is a harmonious representation of the “Boogie Down” Bronx and New York City in all of its glory. It’s a place where conditions get meek, and yet still, the melting pot of communities like Puerto Ricans, African Americans, West Indians, Italians and more, all converging to make a home. The braver ones, like Wane, were compelled to express their style in search of more— however menacing the conditions.

Wane Bronx Street Truck

Wane Bronx Truck Driving

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Hit the video player up top to watch the short.

Video by Will Robson-Scott
Photos by Brian Kelley
Words by Rainey Cruz
Edited by Luca Campanale
2nd Camera Brandon Kuzma
Canvases provided by Nike NYC

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