Wild Style (1983, Dir. Charlie Ahearn)
The whole-car graffiti of Lower East Side native Lee Quinones is the centerpiece of Charlie Ahearn’s film Wild Style. Lee essentially plays a fictionalized version of himself in the film, a young, talented graffiti artist named Zorro. Zorro’s “wild style” lights up the local art scene, going from the train yard to swanky Manhattan parties, hobnobbing with rich art-types who have no idea what the hell he’s all about. But in the face of monetizing his art, Zorro struggles with his integrity and trying to stand out in a increasingly dense talent pool.
Below we’ve cobbled together some of Lee’s most famous work, from illegal whole car jobs from the late 70’s to murals.