All City Style Futura Break train
Way back in 2005 we produced a limited run of 500 official Futura Break ACS trains. This is a 20" All City Style train featuring the artwork from Futura's famous "BREAK" whole-car from 1980.
We just uncovered the last of our stock of these Futura Break trains in our warehouse. When they're gone... they are really gone.
In the Fall of 1980, during the greatest year for whole-cars, Futura pulled off one of the most talked about trains ever with the aid of Dondi at the Utica Avenue layup. “The 'Break' car came next and that’s where I abandoned the name, something that’s seemingly a sin in graffiti. The name is the very heart of writing, but that didn’t matter to me. I had this vision of this whole-car rolling into the station with all of this mist on it, and then the stencil shapes on top of that – this was at a time when stencils were unheard of. I remember thinking that this had the potential to be the biggest failure in the history of graffiti, you know, it could’ve gone either way. After it was all over it turned in to a great success.” (from 1981.nyc)
I went with DONDI when I did that train. He didn’t really paint that night as he was looking out for me. He brought me to Utica in Brooklyn, that was his yard. DURO might have been there as well, I forget. I think I wanted to completely take the letters out of it and just try to come off with some colours. I did that car and another one, a kind of greenish blue one but I got chased before it got finished. I never got photos. The first one was my first whole car. I’d never really done a top-to-bottom, end-to-end car before.
I didn’t want to do just a piece. I needed to try something different. I had no idea what it would look like, it was dark and I didn’t know what people would think of it, but I did know that it would be something different to what everyone else was doing therefore my association with that piece and whatever, would be: “Yeah he’s bombing but he’s doing some other kind of stuff”. The greatest thing was actually getting photographs of that car. I wasn’t very conscious of taking photos of trains or my work at that time, but SEEN got pictures and I was really happy that he did.