Earlier this month, Ryan Nevins, a 30-year-old Flushing man, turned himself in to police police on graffiti charges to clear his conscience. “People asked why I turned myself in. I said, I want to be free – I don’t want to live in fear.” 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 – “RH” – and broader chromatic messages such as “Have the Courage,” “Shine: Follow Your Dreams,” and his notorious trademark “World Peace Not Pieces.”

Click the images above for a sample of Nevins’ work, which he hopes people find as inspiring as the Queens Tribune did when they noticed it near their office.