Back in the day, when graffiti writers painted subway cars, it was the elevated lines — as you can imagine — that gave them the most exposure. Trains became rolling canvasses that would traverse New York City, from end to end, bearing the namesakes of these outlaw artists. To celebrate the pioneers from this iconic era, Presents Gallery is commissioning a series of pieces by old school artists that’s viewable — at least partly — from the Flushing Avenue J/M platform.

First up is SHAKER 179, a graffiti artist who was active in the 1980s. After him you can expect REVOLT of the legendary Rolling Thunder Writers crew.

“The idea is that it can be viewed from the train, says Presents Gallery owner George Spencer to ANIMAL. “[It’s] some great art to be seen in passing. Its one of the great things about being on the elevated, discovering something new during your commute.”

(Photo: George Spencer)