The time span of a human life is short, and when we pass often we are only remembered by the ones closest to us. This is not the case for the late great SACE, TIE or SEMZ, whose lives have had a worldwide impact that transcends the limited boundaries of the cycle of life and death. Graffiti is tied up with reverence for what came before, knowledge of what laid the foundations yesterday for the grounds we walk on today. We pay our respects to the lives of SACE, TIE and SEMZ. Their names live on years after their individual passings through their peers who went on to change the face of graffiti, art and culture. Their legacy passes the point of the physical manifestation of the human body which comes to its end with the passing of life. The memory of their lives inspires globally and eternally.
The agreed upon consensus is one of immense regard for the legacy of SACE, of TIE and of SEMZ. Words like “King” and “Forever” are often accompanied next to their names. The thread that binds the stories of SACE, TIE and SEMZ comes in the form of their their individual passings. All three passed away at a young age; SACE at 27, TIE at 18, SEMZ at 31. And though their backgrounds varied, their approach to graffiti and their respective arts sent shock waves reverberating throughout the world in the form of influence and inspiration to all who know of their stories. The shockwaves of influence are still felt today and the communities they were apart of have not forgotten. Time has only strengthened the regard the graffiti and art worlds hold for SACE, TIE and SEMZ.
MIKE IRAK / REHAB is one of the founding members of the IRAK crew and a legend in the graffiti world. He pays homage to the friendships he held with SACE, TIE and SEMZ. His art work is a vehicle used to keep the names alive. This month we release a print+sticker pack with REHAB. *SACE TIE SEMZ* floats underneath Pipo-kun, a character that is ever-present in his work, stemming from the character’s constant presence during REHAB’s time spent in Japan and the Japanese prison system. REHAB spent time in Japanese prison because of his involvement with graffiti and the lifestyle that often comes with it. Above Pipo-kun “IRAK CREW” is written in Japanese Kanji. IRAK’s permanent crown and the influence it has had on New York, graffiti and art cannot be overstated. SACE, TIE and SEMZ were all a part of the IRAK family.