Memories of my childhood at New York City beaches always centered on Coney Island. Kids always had reading assignments over the summer for school, and my required reading was comic books. I wanted to make the idea of reading at the beach the central theme of the mural. So I cropped different images of my favorite coming books such as Captain America’s fist, Superman’s “S”, Betty from the Archies, and The Flash’s logo on the mural. Summertime 2016, just like summertime 1967, 1975, or 2020, will always be about superheroes, comic books, and Coney Island.
Born John Matos in 1961, CRASH was raised in the Bronx, New York. At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries, he curated the ground-breaking “Graffiti Art Success for America” at Fashion MODA, launching the graffiti movement that has remained very active through today. CRASH’s career took off and he saw instant popularity throughout Europe and America, and eventually Asia. CRASH has been part of numerous museum and gallery shows around the world focusing on Graffiti and Street Art, and has works in many permanent museum collections. Visually iconic, he has partnered with many companies for projects including Absolut Vodka, Fender Guitars, SoBella Handbags, Levi’s, and most recently, Tumi luggage and Morphik. He continues to work and show both locally and internationally.