1. Astoria Is Slammin'!

    Astoria Is Slammin’!

    I grew up in Astoria Queens. Which was pretty segregated back in the '70s and '80s. But I was a kid who was into graffiti, rap and metal, so I was able to be social with folks in ways that most black kids weren't back then. James Malta used to write graffiti, and he came up under the legendary KB TSS (a/k/a Savage). I put James down with my little graffiti crew back in the 5th grade. We were the United Subways Artists, and we wore red, white n' blue beads... Kinda suspect but hey, I guess I knew a bit about branding at a young age.

    These days, James is still all about the USA. And family values. And wrestling that can be of great value to the entire family. James was always a good dude, and way huge for his age. In this little doc, he talks about coming up on the mean streets of Astoria. He also talks about being picked on at IS 126 - the middle school we attended. Please watch this link if you want to understand where a whiteman who came up in the struggle is coming from! I also suggest you watch a film called A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - an amazing film that chronicles Astoria at a pivotal time in cultural evolution. Saints is some real shit, and if you watch it and hate it you can try to roll up on me. I might call James - dude is like six foot, seven foot and he'll chokehold your ass something awful.




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    • jeanski

      His brother is Mike Dijan... "famous" guitar player for the classic 90's NYHC band Crown Of Thornz and also played with Breakdown. I've witnessed Malta in the pit a couple times for COT and other Astoria band Cold Front. He's a good mosher. Scares the hell out of people.

    • http://www.conversationswiththeliving.org Haitian Greg

      Yo Sacha! Bugged out fact- Haitian Greg was 7th Grade Dean at 126 in the the early 2G's! Queens stand up!

    • http://fwewrestling.com James Dijan

      Thanx Sacha! OldSkool Astoria 4 life! Growing up where we did, when we did makes us who we are today. I wouldn't change a thing! The Streets was our teacher, Heart was out compass. Graffiti was an expression of young street artist. We broke down the walls of racism through art & music & embracing different cultures instead of hating! We were there at the Birth of Graffiti, The Birth of N.Y.H.C., The Birth of Hip Hop, The Birth of Breakdancing & Slam Dancing. Amazing how times have changed.

    • Louie Gasparro

      DON 1 DEAN MICK 3 GEAR SANE 3 BIO KB KB KZ KC KR.1 FOME JY MACE RCA ROBERT 78 MAKO MR MB SHOP BLAZE KON KF JOHNNY B OL 161 CHISY SMOKE COB BAM FAME RKS SN ...a few of the Astoria RR Originals...circa 1973- 1983
      Cheers SHR
      KR.1
      1977-2012

    • Richie

      Yo Sasha, Karim and I used to skateboard at PS 17 and you would come around and chat with us all the time. I remember you handing out "flyers", or more like 8.5" x 11" typed up sheets on whatever your next zine was going to be. Good call on a Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, my homegirl dated Ditto for a long minute, and that movie was real Astoria to the core!

    • Richie

      Oh shit, did someone just mention Chisy and Johnny B??? When I was a real young kid I remember seeing them up!