Chino BYI Sunrise

NYC Box Truck: Brooklyn w/ Chino BYI

Where Brooklyn at? Apparently everywhere and anywhere if you let ubiquitous cuts like The Notorious B.I.G.’s infamous “Madison Square Garden Freestyle” call it— a staple at any hip hop party’s peak. Though the idea is more metaphoric than anything— being everywhere at once really defies the laws of physics— Brooklyn sons like graffiti legend Chino BYI can testify to covering more County of Kings ground than most.


It was the Brooklyn Yard Invaders (BYI) mentality that teleported a young Chino all over his famed borough, from as far out as Coney Island and the Rockaways to the further inland streets of Bedstuy and Greenpoint. And when it wasn’t graffiti that occupied the young pioneer to seek his thrills and adventure, it was neighborhood basketball, Chino’s more outward-facing pastime. Both still resonate heavily with him today as the renowned writer took to his own box truck canvas, special thanks to Nike, to showcase that legacy.


Unbeknownst to most, BYI also stood for “Beyond Your Imagination,” a sort of prophetic notion that highlights Chino’s rise from an heir of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s graffiti era into full-blown author, curator, and expert in the field. His skill gamut is as profound as they come, ranging from definitive handstyles, iconic graffiti characters, to euphoric pieces. Chino blessed his canvas with one side and the back showcasing his immaculate, OG piecing and caricature skills, and the other laying out his assault-with-a-deadly-inkmop-handstyle— both paying homage to the language and story of New York City basketball. A Brooklynite of Chino’s physical, artistic, and intellectual stature is a “triple treat” in every sense of the phrase— on or off the courts, in or out of the train yards.




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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