The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 14. "Wild Style" title animation cel, ca. 1982.

[ZEPHYR, REVOLT, & Jane Dickson]

"Wild Style" title animation cel, ca. 1982

Lot Closed

March 30, 04:21 PM GMT


3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot Details


Colored ink and pencil on cel paper, executed circa 1982, numbered in black ink at upper corner '34' and in pencil at upper right corner '23', image 8½ by 11½ in. (21.6 x 29.2 cm.), sheet 12½ by 10 in. (31.8 x 25 cm.), slight crease at upper left.


After his first film The Deadly Art of Survival, Charlie Ahearn was approached by graffiti artist Fab 5 Freddy to do a film on Hip Hop culture, looking at graffiti art, DJing, breakdancing, emceeing, and more. Lee Quinones was brought in to work on the project, and Busy Buy Starski joined soon after. Production began in the summer of 1980, and the film first screened in 1982, with the official premiere in times Square in 1983.  

The premiere broke records by selling out every screening during the three week run. Ahearn aimed to show real people doing real things, and the cast of the film was an incredible who's who of the Hip Hop world, with everyone from Quinones and Fab 5 Freddy, Lady Pink, The Cold Crush Brothers, Zephyr, Rammellzee, Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee Starski, Futura 2000, and many more. The soundtrack was produced by Fab 5 Freddy in collaboration with Chris Stein, of Blondie, and was mixed by Grandmaster Theodore with lyrics by Grandmaster Caz. The film was a tour de force, and is now considered the definitive film on Hip Hop culture. 

This is Wild Style animation cel, used in the movie's opening Animated Title Sequence was designed by Jane Dickson, drawn by Zephyr and Revolt, and animated by Joey Albums.

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