"Born and raised on the east side of Baltimore, graffiti artist Alco is one of Charm City's many graf writers whose stories are as illuminating and gripping as his art. Alco and Labtekwon met back in 1987 when Baltimore's young hip-hop community was teeming with all kinds of activity that ran into skateboarding and even the punk community. Drawing was always something Alco did—"I've been drawing since I was a little kid," he says—but it was in seventh grade when he got kicked out of Southern High School—for tagging—and sent to Patterson High School that he was exposed to the wider range of graffiti going on in Baltimore."
Baltimore Graffiti Profiles
This week's Baltimore City Paper--a publication I occasionally write for--has a cover story on Baltimore hip-hop with a focus on Baltimore rap of the past and how it informs and sometimes, doesn't inform what's going on in the rap scene today. The cover story "The Elements of Style" is worth checking out, but of special interest to comics fans would be the bonus interviews with Baltimore graffers Alco and Boodamonk: