Rammellzee was a NYC character like no other. Sure there are people all over this city with a look, or a talent, or schtick – something to get them noticed – but I have never seen anyone who could grab your attention like Rammellzee.
He was a visual artist, graffiti writer, performance artist, hip hop musician, and sculptor. But few knew there was an actual theory to his apparent creative madness. It’s called Gothic Futurism, and it deals with the battle between letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardizations enforced by the rules of the alphabet. If that sounds confusing you should read his treatise, Iconic Panzerisms, which details an anarchic plan by which to revise the role and deployment of language in society.
Rammellzee is best known for the incredible costumes, masks, sculptures and music that evolved from the expression of the theory of Gothic Futurism. There is nothing like it. His most famous song, Beat Bop, can be heard throughout the pivotal NYC street culture/graffiti film Style Wars (see it if you haven’t!), and has a cover designed by Jean-Michel Basquiat. His graffiti style is just as celebrated, tagging under the names Dondi, OU3, and Ink 76, and doctor Revolt throughout NYC in the 80s. In the 90s and the 2000s his sculptures, costumes, and photographs were featured in galleries and art shows throughout the world. He was an innovator to the extreme!
Like no other.