Curated by
Joseph J. Sitt & Jeffrey Deitch

Crash + Tats Cru

Untitled, 2017
Crash + Tats Cru

About Crash + Tats Cru

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.

TATS CRU is a group of New York City-based professional muralists whose work in aerosol has transformed graffiti into a commercially beneficial art form. Their innovative advertising and design services are the ideal choice for businesses wishing to reach contemporary urban consumers. TATS CRU’s custom aerosol services are available to businesses, corporations, and individual consumers in major metropolitan areas throughout the world—making them a leader in the implementation of creative marketing strategies. Their elaborate, colorful, and attention grabbing custom works of art stand out and are noticed by all.

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