THE NEWYORK TIMES : Wayne Roberts, ‘Stay High 149’ in Graffiti Circles, Is Dead at 61

Jon Naar

An example of Wayne Roberts’s work.

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Published: June 12, 2012
 Wayne Roberts was a pioneering 1970s graffiti writer known as “Stay High 149” who borrowed the haloed stick figure from the title sequence of the 1960s television series “The Saint,” put a joint in its mouth and turned it around. His “Smoker” tag, or signature, turned the heads of legions of imitators and admirers, including the anonymous teenagers who slipped into train yards at night to paint whole cars, as well as Norman Mailer, who featured him in his book “The Faith of Graffiti.”

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