New York City’s Queen of Graffiti: Lady Pink by Erin Horan (by firstname.lastname@example.org)
New York City’s Queen of Graffiti: LADY PINK
She’s taken illegal street art to the halls of America’s most prestigious galleries; an icon in New York City’s graffiti history, she was the first female to break into a male-dominated scene.
Lady Pink, whose real name is Sandra Fabara, was born in Ecuador, raised in Queens. Her work has been admired throughout the big apple on subway trains, neighborhood murals, and in galleries since 1979.
Pink recalls sneaking into subway tunnels by night, vandalizing and tagging subway cars, then “bombing” private property with other well-known graffiti artists of that era, the Crazy Five. In order to survive, she had to toughen up fast.
“They would look out for me, like a little sister, like anybody would, and I felt safe that way,” she said.
Often, Pink risked her life or was arrested for the sake of her art. It was key to get the work finished fast, to memorize her steches, and work in complete darkness, to avoid getting hauled off by the cops.
“Your have to develop night vision when you’re working illegally. You have to recognize your paint when you pick it up, and know what it is that you’re doing because you can’t see anything,” she said.
A feminist at heart, her work exemplifies themes of political activism and the injustice of women in the U.S.
30 years later, she’s turned her illegal street art into a profit, exhibiting in galleries and doing mural work on commission.
"My art is basically what I am. I am what I do.I couldn’t hold down a 9-5 job if I tried," she said.