“THE graffiti crew surrounding a legendary artist who rose to iconic status when he took on Banksy in a high-profile feud on the Regent’s Canal towpath is holding a fundraising event in his honour, reports the Camden New Journal.
“King Robbo, described as “blue- blooded royalty” of the London graffiti scene, has long been revered in underground circles.
But he came to the public’s attention when he appeared out of retirement to embark on a high-profile war of paint with Bristol-born stenciller, Banksy.
The feud kept all eyes glued to the banks of the Regent’s Canal to see who would have the last word in the battle between the tagging Titans.
But just as Robbo intended to get his final revenge, tragedy struck.
He was found close to his home suffering from a life-threatening head injury and was put into an induced coma.
Now, with his condition failing to improve, friends from his old crew, We Rock Hard, are organising a major fundraising event to draw attention to his plight and help secure his family’s future.
Graffiti artists, including Eine and pioneering stenciller Blek Le Rat, have donated works to be auctioned off at the King Robbo Fundraiser and Art Auction, which will be held next month.
DJs, including Artful Dodger, will also give up their time to perform.
Close friend and crew member P.I.C said: “When it happened it was like time just stood still. It was like we were all expecting him to come out of it and sort things out himself, and then I snapped out of it and thought we’ve got to do something about this now.
“All his old crew members are pulling in together and calling on friends and colleagues for help.
“We’ve got people donating original canvases and art works, we’ve got a lot of DJs giving up their time.”
He added: “Robbo has a 17-month-old daughter and we’re hoping to raise funds for whatever needs to be done for him and his family, whether that’s long-term care or other specialist equipment. It looks imminent that he’s going to need that.
l The King Robbo Fundraiser and Art Auction will take place on Sunday, September 4, between 1pm and midnight at Cargo in Rivington Street, Shoreditch. The event will include a live graffiti show, art auction, live music and barbecue. Children of all ages welcome until 7pm.”
Read on in the Camden New Journal.
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