East Coast Flavor Meets Chicago Flair with Cornbread, Booey, Fritos, Gear One, Nic 707, Boar1, Dtel & more

December 8, 2016


Earlier this fall, several Old School East Coast writers — including the legendary Cornbread — made their way to Chicago for a one-night exhibit and a day of painting alongside local Chicago artists. We recently spoke to Brian M Convery aka Booey who curated the exhibit that took place on October 15 at Loft Zero Gallery.

How did you guys end up in Chicago? What brought you there?

Skeme had told me about an opportunity to exhibit my artwork in a solo show at Chicago’s Loft Zero Gallery. I decided that I would prefer showing in a group exhibit — that I would curate — as it would be more inclusive.

How did you decide which artists to include?

I was particularly interested in showcasing the work of classic East Coast writers. And so I largely reached out to folks I know who were painting back in the day. It was my way of giving back to the community.


What were some of the challenges you faced in curating an exhibit of this nature?

The greatest challenge was collecting all of the art I’d wanted to feature before heading out to Chicago. There were some kinks along the way. And then after twenty minutes of waiting in Newark in a rented van to drive five of us out to Chicago, Gear One called to tell me that Nic 707 was no where to be found!  But, eventually, it all came together.

What about the night of the exhibit? Any challenges? 

Having to compete with the Cubs who had a home game the same night!  We had to work on getting the info about our show out on Cubs’ message boards.


Any particular highlights of the trip?

Having the opportunity to paint alongside several first-rate Chicago-based artists in Logan Square the following day. The interaction was awesome!

Can you tell us something more about that? How did it happen?

Constantine Ashford, the owner of Loft Zero Gallery, reached out to several local artists and made it happen.


 What’s next?

I’ve been working on another show — Gold Standard — that will place this Saturday evening — December 10th at Lovecraft Bar NYC, 50 Avenue B. It will feature a range of artists from the legendary Taki 183 to such contemporaries as Tomas Manon and Gem 13.


Good luck!


1. Constantine Ashford, Booey and Cornbread

2. Fritos and Gear One at work; also featured on mural are Booey and Nic 707

3. Chicago-based Boar1

4. Chicago-based Dtel

Photo credits: 1 & 2; courtesy Brian M Convery; 3 & 4 Tara Murray

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kenneth "Telly" Stephen January 10, 2018 at 6:32 pm

I’m currently writing a book on the history of graffiti in Chicago
with my partner Gabrielle (FLASH). I would like to use a photo
you posted in the article, “East Coast Flavor Meets Chicago
Flair with Cornbread, Booey, Fritos, Gear One, Nic 707, Boar1,
Dtel & more.” It is the one at the top of the page. Great articles
by the way.

Kenneth “Telly” Stephens


lois January 14, 2018 at 11:33 am

Check my email to you! Lois


Greg koloski October 20, 2022 at 6:24 am

Hey constatine…wheres my flomaster..ink can..fritos…


Greg koloski November 3, 2022 at 6:00 am

Hey asshole…wheres my flomaster i nk can from the 1970s..i requested this three times..lawyer time..im not nic..you got a alot of nerve..keeping stuff not yours…didnt like you when i met you. Fake fuck..


Greg koloski December 17, 2022 at 7:49 am

Whats the story here….you dont reply…fake gallery..wheres my flomaster ink can from the 70s…i want it back…..not a gift….send it back..i gave you..the address….whats up with that…


Gteg koloski December 17, 2022 at 8:10 am

This story is fake…i got bored at the loft zero gallery..i wanted to write in. Chicago..with chicago graff writers..i was told where to find them….and i did..we did pieces..there and the reception was warm and inviting…great bunch of guys..no doubt..constantine had nothing to do with it…..asshole ..no friend of nyc graff..


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