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“Wild Style” Then and Now in Photos


Charlie Ahearn’s 1983 cult classic Wild Style,  popularized hip hop and graffiti in New York City during its very early stages. This film, not only brought validation to these newly emerging subcultures, but also highlighted some of its earliest pioneers such as Busy Bee, Grandmaster Caz, LADY PINK and LEE.

Celebrating Wild Style’s 30th anniversary, Complex revisited key locations in the film, ranging from the Boogie Down to the Lower East Side, comparing and contrasting past and present by way of a handy slider.

(Photos: Charlie Ahearn/Liz Barclay)