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Dash Snow once said, “I’m not a businessman. [But] my business used to be and still is thievery, to some extent. I came across a camera, which I thieved when I was 16 and started taking pictures.” And he certainly took a lot of pictures, but Snow was also a prolific vandal, a model, and a multifaceted contemporary artist. It’s almost impossible to fully encapsulate his capacity for creativity, but below is a sampling of the late artist’s eclectic body of work.

Photo by Dante Ross

saceWriting SACE with his IRAK graffiti crew, Snow bombed walls and rooftops, most heavily in lower Manhattan where many of his tags and throwups are still seen.

dash-snow-polaroidShooting photos with a camera “made of wood, palm leaves and cocaine,” Snow gained wider spread notoriety for his Polaroid photos riddled with sex, drugs, and violence, supposedly his only memory of the night.

dash-snow-eat-shit-and-dieIn 2006, those provocative Polaroids found their way into the Whitney Biennial, where there were shown alongside his installation “Eat Shit and Die”: a mirrored record ringed with a line of cocaine and a $1 bill.

dash_snow_policeSnow continued creating and exhibiting collaged works throughout his career, including “Fuck the Police,” a semen covered collection of Post headlines on NYPD violence.

dash-snow-postThe artist also continued favoring the Post, smearing patriotic colored glitter and semen on a cover trumping the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

dash-snow-agAlready often in front of the camera for his own photos as well as those of others like Ryan McGinley, Snow was photographed for several print ads for AG Jeans that appeared in 2006 and 2007.

dash-snow-nestFor one of his biggest exhibitions, “Nest,” Snow collaborated with fellow artist and friend Dan Colen to turn Jeffrey Deitch’s gallery into a giant hamster nest, shredding thousands of phone books and splattering the walls to recreate their past drug-fueled hotel room decorating.

dash-snow-3Snow’s characteristically explicit images of late were recently gifted to the Brooklyn Museum which planned to show them as part of an exhibition of contemporary works this fall.