It’s impossible to drive a major highway in northern New Jersey without noticing their presence. On the biggest buildings, the most prominent overpasses and always proudly visible are the graffiti tags “PK” and “KID.”
They tend to pop up in the most astonishing places. While a lot of spray paint tagging remains confined to the back of box trucks or underneath bridges, the PK KID tags are always done in mind-blowingly difficult areas to reach, making it seem just as likely to be done by Spiderman as by a common, paint-wielding vandal.
What little there is to known about the source of these tags remains shrouded in mystery, but among the various versions of the urban legend there run a few similarities. The generally accepted premise is this: PK and KID are the monickers of two highly-respected, longtime street artists who use repelling, climbing ropes and other techniques to tag where few would dare.
From there, things get confusing and sometimes downright weird.
One story alleges that PK Kid is a single person, an East Los Angeles native named Diego Rivera who was a preacher’s son (hence, “PK”). The story goes that Rivera began tagging on the turf of a powerful Mexican gang and his family moved to New Jersey to escape their reach. It is believed that he works as an appliance salesman somewhere in North Jersey.