A metro ride in the wrong direction took me an additional 30 minutes to reach my destination – a spot right above the Central Park North train station outside Dunkin Donuts where the meet-up was supposed to happen. I eventually caught up at one of the pit stops by connecting with the participants via a mass text message on Airbnb’s messaging platform.
Yet, in a time before Instagram and messaging platforms were available, self-expression were often not encouraged and messages came encrypted in the form of graffiti art.
"If These Walls Could Talk" is a group tour led by James Top, an artist with The Odd Partners crew that offers an insider's look into the history of graffiti art. The 2.5 hour journey starts from Central Park North on foot, via trains and buses through the neighbourhood the artist grew up in, before ending in Harlem.
Here, five things to know about graffiti art, as told by James Top.
All photos are shot on Huawei P10.