Some graffiti artists managed to avoid any danger greater than running from the cops
in the train yards.

Straightman/Lava 1 & 2
was not one of them.

Here is an insider look at the BLACK SPADES, brought to you by Lava, Black Spade
NY Supreme Commander.


All photos ©Albert Mercado, 2009. All rights reserved.
It prohibited by Copyright Law to duplicate, copy or reproduce any of the photos or artwork in LAVA's HISTORICAL ARCHIVES.

Once a Black Spade, always a Black Spade.

Top: Group photo of Blak Spades and rappers, dj's mc's and b-boys

Left: The Black Spade Prayer asks God for unity and love.

Right: A mission statement, called Black Spade Power


Below: Group photo Black Spade members

Above: Campy, Speedy, Lava at a Black Spade gathering.

Good times at the Annual Black Spades Memorial Cook-Out,
Willis Park, the Bronx, and flyers for the 2007 and 2008 cook-outs.

Above: An artistic representation of the Black Spade creed.

An example of how the Bronx looked inthe 1970's.