Phase 2, ‘Untitled’, Doyle
Phase 2, ‘Untitled’, Doyle

A legendary early graffiti writer from the Bronx, Phase 2 may be best known in the graffiti community for developing bubble lettering (aka “softies”) which have become an indispensable form of style. Phase 2 was also a key player in the formative hip-hop scene, as a DJ, a B-Boy, and a designer of concert posters for Grand Master Flash and DJ Kool Herc.

Drawn on top of a rare unfolded 1984 page of International Graffiti Times, Phase 2 turns in a classic piece of Wild Style graffiti, with his ubiquitous bubble letters, interconnected letters and stylized arrows. —Courtesy of Doyle

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About Phase 2

One of the original New York subway graffiti artists, Phase 2 (a.k.a. Lonny Wood) is credited with pioneering the bubble letters now widespread in graffiti art, also known as “softies”, as well as introducing the arrow motif. Wood grew up in the South Bronx and, as a member of an early b-boy crew, was prominent in the local hip-hop scene. In 1974, Wood, who was mentored by the graffiti artist Lee 163d! (Thomas Lee) joined a professional graffiti collective named the United Graffiti Artists. In the 1980s he founded the International Graffiti Times, an early zine to focus on graffiti writing.