Graffiti writers around the world know the name that started it all: Taki183. A greek kid from 183rd Street in Washington Heights. Taki183’s simple signature captured the attention of a reporter and, on July 21, 1971, the article “TAKI 183 Spawns Pen Pals” appeared in The New York Times.(PDF Download). Just like that, he became a graffiti legend, with rumors spreading that he even tagged a Secret Service car and the Statue of Liberty. Amid all the rumors, Taki183 remained silent. Now, almost four decades later, Taki183 has emerged to tell a bit of his story. Our friend Roger Gastman sat down with 57 years old Taki for this ilovegraffiti.de Smalltalk.