In August of last year, two of the most notorious subway graffiti artists were arrested as they arrived in the United States after a tagging tour of Europe. Earlier this month, Danielle “Dani” Bremner was charged in her case for vandalizing subway cars in Manhattan. She was tried separately and was sentenced to six months in prison for tagging subway cars in Queens.
The trial of her boyfriend, Jim Clay Harper or “Ether” is currently pending.
During their trip the couple is said to have tagged trains and other properties in ten countries in Europe.
According to police, the graffiti damages totaled between $100,000 and $200,000 in New York City alone.
Dani and Ether were among a dying breed of talented artists creating subway car graffiti art similar to that which was commonplace in the 1980s. While the MTA is cutting back on graffiti removal spending, it may be a while before we see the revival of the subway art movement documented in Martha Cooper’s book.