Earlier this month, Ryan Nevins, a 30-year-old Flushing man, turned himself in to police police on graffiti charges to clear his conscience. â€œPeople asked why I turned myself in. I said, I want to be free â€“ I donâ€™t want to live in fear.â€ However, that comes at a price.
When he appears in court on April 30, Nevins faces up to four years in prison for tagging extensive areas of the City with both his personal insignia â€“ â€œRHâ€ â€“ and broader chromatic messages such as â€œHave the Courage,â€ â€œShine: Follow Your Dreams,â€ and his notorious trademark â€œWorld Peace Not Pieces.â€
Click the images above for a sample of Nevinsâ€™ work, which he hopes people find as inspiring as the Queens Tribune did when they noticed it near their office.