jaNotorious vandal JA took a minute to reflect on his bombing career, covering New York, Saber’s LA River piece and locales far beyond since the 80s. In a recent interview with VIRUS for cult skateboard brand Supreme, the infamous graffiti writer recounts the upside of getting his head smashed in by “crooked NYPD cops.”

After giving up a chase sometime in the summer of 1990, JA says he was handcuffed and beaten over the head with a nightstick, opening a wound that required “130 some odd stitches.” Although police apparently later testified that he had been hit with a Buick, not brutalized by hand, graffiti charges were ultimately dropped in something of a twisted victory for JA. |Supreme|

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