In the 1970s, graffiti artist DON 1 was the king of the BMT line.
Other artists admired his unique style but few knew much about the man behind the name. His mystique only grew when he disappeared at the end of the decade.
Turns out he never really went away.
Joe “DON 1” Palattella lives a reclusive life in Astoria, according to longtime fan and graffiti artist Louie “KR. ONE” Gasparro, the author of “Don1, the King from Queens: The Life and Photos of a NYC Transit Graffiti Master.”