Regional Taggers Strangely Spare Hoboken

Nice try, KID PK impostor!

As you know, Hoboken411 has been interested in this regional graffiti tagger (or taggers) “KID PK.” We’ve talked in the past that maybe this fella lives in Hoboken, since we suspect the golden rule by taggers not to tag their home city.

However – I spotted this “fake” tag over in Elysian Park this past winter, and it’s definitely NOT KID PK. Some lame impersonator.

(I need an assistant to help with the 100’s of thousands of photos I have. They get lost!)

KID PK Graffiti finally lands in Hoboken

1/28/2011 Update:

Been following this KID PK graffiti for a while here on Hoboken411, wondering why this prolific regional “tagger” never swept into Hoboken.

Much to my surprise the other day – the famous tags were spotted on a trash container near the Shipyard Apartments uptown. It is likely, however, that he didn’t tag them here in the Mile Square, but rather some other city – since these containers are constantly rotated around. But is still neat to recognize his “brand.”

PK KID Graffiti almost reaches Hoboken

12/9/2010 Update:

Back in September, we had a reader feature with some photos and history behind the “PK” and “KID” graffiti tags seen all over the tri-state area.

This tag was spotted on a trailer parked near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City… it was obviously painted on the truck before-hand, but it almost made it to Hoboken. Still haven’t seen one photograph of these tags here in the Mile Square.

Have you ever wondered about KID PK graffiti?

9/20/2010:

Hoboken411 reader “BTS” was fascinated enough by the “KID” and “PK” graffiti tags that exist in the tri-state area to submit a piece for your review!

“I travel all over the region. For a while now I’ve been noticing two “tags” on almost every trip I take out of Hoboken: “KID” and “PK.” This is most likely the work of two taggers (not one), and I’m often astonished at the risks they took to accomplish the act ̶ some tags are up several stories on building exteriors, on dangerous-looking rock outcroppings, and on tall water towers.

I’ve been sitting in traffic when these tags will catch my eye. I wonder who had the guts to repel off some boarded-up building, and I consider what the tag might mean to them. Whereas I have a problem with graffiti on a person’s property, I don’t find it offensive on a derelict factory or abandoned property. In fact, I almost appreciate what it does to draw my attention to these crumbling buildings I might otherwise ignore.

I’ve seen these KID and PK tags all over Hudson County, farther south on the NJ Turnpike, and even on high overpasses and trestles in Morris and Essex Counties. When the tags are on functioning infrastructure, though, they get covered up by fresh paint pretty fast. At some point recently, I got curious to research this. I found a Staten Island site with a gallery displaying the works of KID and PK (search by artist name: http://www.robotswillkill.com). This site claims to be dedicated to the appreciation of underground artists, and there are hundreds featured.

Everywhere but Hoboken?

It’s my understanding that graffiti artists or taggers are seen ̶ and apprehended ̶ less frequently because of the careful practices they follow. This includes not dressing the part, tagging along a variety of routes, and even using magnets on the bottom of spray paint cans to keep their rattling tools from giving them away. It’s also pretty much understood among taggers (or so I’ve read) that you stay away from your home zone to minimize the chance of being connected. That got me thinking that if Hoboken is one of the only places that does not have a KID PK tags, are these taggers living among us?

Is this graffiti anywhere in Hoboken? Has anyone ever wondered about these taggers, or others? I recently drove with a co-worker who takes the same route as me every day, and they had never noticed them. So maybe it’s just me.”

Do you think “KID” and “PK might live in Hoboken?

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11 Comments on "Regional Taggers Strangely Spare Hoboken"

Dr.Chico
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Dr.Chico

The tags are in some pretty amazing places including:

The water tower to your right as you go south over the driscoll bridge

The back of a highway sign on Route 3 as you approach the Lincoln Tunnel

Abandoned building going south to your right on the turnpike extension (serious climbing gear to accomplish that)

Too bad they don’t take up the tag “Zimmer, you suck”

NJDevils1087
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NJDevils1087

Pretty sure that KID is what is “tagged” on one of the pavement blocks in the block directly west of Hoboken High on 8th St. Says it a few times across. Will try to get a pic tomorrow if I can.

Also, you can’t forget that all of the odd taggers/messengers don’t leave us completely alone. Bursczy Art anyone?

homeworld
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Yeh I live in that neighborhood and frequently see PK and KID tagged on things, including the public storage building on 8th and Adams.

It gets covered up pretty quickly.[quote comment=”197715″]Pretty sure that KID is what is “tagged” on one of the pavement blocks in the block directly west of Hoboken High on 8th St. Says it a few times across. Will try to get a pic tomorrow if I can.Also, you can’t forget that all of the odd taggers/messengers don’t leave us completely alone. Bursczy Art anyone?[/quote]

arnarra
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arnarra
FYI PK Kid is not a team of two taggers. It’s actually the same person. Among the graff community its rumored that PK Kid stand for the Puerto Rican Kid. He is known as an habitual tagger. What this means is that his skills as a graffitti artist is not the quality of his art work but rather the number of times he is able to tag around the city without getting caught and the dangers of the specific locations he places his tag. For this type of graf artist the fame comes from other street artists who can appreciate the danger and complexity of tagging such prominent sites – as well as the general public. Most people don’t appreciate the preperation work that is done in placing a tag in a prominent location. If you just go and do a tag without meticulously thinking out the location you will get caught! Cops are constantly scoping virgin walls to catch street artsists. The NYPD actually gives every offer who makes a tagger collar 2 days off with pay! Worse yet there is an army of private detectives (retired cops) who make a small fortune trying to identify and locate these brave artists. Add to this the every increasing number of hidden security cameras and you can get an idea od the dangers involved. But PK KID just makes it seem so easy! For example the NJ Turnpike is a very well lit and monitored streach of road. There are cameras… Read more »
shorty
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shorty
PK is def not Puerto Rican kid. PK is someone’s initials…initials I will not divulge. PK and Kid have been doing this for well over 20 years, I know this because we used to be friends, although I’m not sure if someone else has taken over their work. They are def from NY…SI to be exact. [quote comment=”206157″]FYI PK Kid is not a team of two taggers. It’s actually the same person. Among the graff community its rumored that PK Kid stand for the Puerto Rican Kid. He is known as an habitual tagger. What this means is that his skills as a graffitti artist is not the quality of his art work but rather the number of times he is able to tag around the city without getting caught and the dangers of the specific locations he places his tag. For this type of graf artist the fame comes from other street artists who can appreciate the danger and complexity of tagging such prominent sites – as well as the general public. Most people don’t appreciate the preperation work that is done in placing a tag in a prominent location. If you just go and do a tag without meticulously thinking out the location you will get caught! Cops are constantly scoping virgin walls to catch street artsists. The NYPD actually gives every offer who makes a tagger collar 2 days off with pay! Worse yet there is an army of private detectives (retired cops) who make a small… Read more »
C3
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your wrong.And why would pk kid = Puerto Rican Kid??lol,1 is chinese[quote comment=”206157″]FYI PK Kid is not a team of two taggers. It’s actually the same person. Among the graff community its rumored that PK Kid stand for the Puerto Rican Kid. He is known as an habitual tagger. What this means is that his skills as a graffitti artist is not the quality of his art work but rather the number of times he is able to tag around the city without getting caught and the dangers of the specific locations he places his tag. For this type of graf artist the fame comes from other street artists who can appreciate the danger and complexity of tagging such prominent sites – as well as the general public. Most people don’t appreciate the preperation work that is done in placing a tag in a prominent location. If you just go and do a tag without meticulously thinking out the location you will get caught! Cops are constantly scoping virgin walls to catch street artsists. The NYPD actually gives every offer who makes a tagger collar 2 days off with pay! Worse yet there is an army of private detectives (retired cops) who make a small fortune trying to identify and locate these brave artists. Add to this the every increasing number of hidden security cameras and you can get an idea od the dangers involved. But PK KID just makes it seem so easy! For example the NJ Turnpike is… Read more »
bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo

Hoboken been tagged before but was repainted over pretty fast!

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

Hmmmm… PK… what could those initials stand for? Maybe the tagger is a big fan of Hoboken411.

homeworld
Member

conspiracy theory!!![quote comment=”197644″]Hmmmm… PK… what could those initials stand for? Maybe the tagger is a big fan of Hoboken411.[/quote]

homeworld
Member

I’ve seen the tag in Hoboken.

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