RIP, Ynot: MSG Cartel mourns the loss of a graffiti star

RIP, Ynot: MSG Cartel mourns the loss of a graffiti star
Courtesy of MSG Cartel

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"Can you come scoop the dukes?"

A burner done with graffiti crew MSG.
Courtesy of MSG Cartel
A burner done with graffiti crew MSG.
Ynot inks Angel, his son's mother.
Courtesy of MSG Cartel
Ynot inks Angel, his son's mother.

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There was Ynot — all sharp, scrawny joints and ink-soaked skin — and his two boys, Quake and Pucho, and they sat inside Club Eden, a cutty little nudie bar in Davie, commiserating alone. And even amid the distractions of neon and bouncing silicone, they were more together than with the rest of the world.

To gang unit cops, the boys were lieutenants in South Florida's best-known and longest-running graffiti crew, MSG Cartel. But to each other, they were just homies, brothers, and surrogate fathers who dipped nightly — carrying backpacks full of silver, black, and red to bomb the heavens and the billboards; dodging cops, dogs, and nosy pimps; and heading home only when their cans were empty, their fingers throbbing, and their hearts beating out of their chests.

They drank — Ynot sucking down the usual Hennessy on the rocks — and made plans for the future, obscure schemes that only they might dream up. MSG (Miami Style Gods) would paint a gaudy Miami mural tribute to metal band Danzig. They would troop to Atlanta to catch Unknown Hinson, the campy country and western troubadour who was an obsession for the crew. And they would watch big trucks smash little cars at Monster Jam in Sunrise.

"Silly shit," Quake calls it now. Childish plans for a grown man — 28 and just laid off from a graphic design job — but that's the draw of graffiti: It's a way of forcing yourself to stay young, to not give a shit about your stretching criminal record or work the next morning or what your girl is gonna say when you climb into bed at 5 a.m. stinking of Rust-O again.

That's why it was so good having Ynot, who had turned 21 that midnight, around. He was MSG's 80-proof shot of youth. He didn't have to give a shit about that work-a-day routine and never woke up before early afternoon. He cared only about graffiti, tattooing, and his newborn son, Maximillian.

"Can you come scoop the dukes?" That's how the evening began for Quake, with a phone call from Ynot asking for a ride. Tuesday nights are called Fat Man's, when a dozen or so MSG members get together in a back yard to wash down massive quantities of food with domestic beer. This night, they met behind the MSG compound, three houses in Fort Lauderdale where crew members live. (There's also a warehouse in Wynwood where they tattoo, quietly draw in black books, and, when they have nowhere else to go, sleep.)

Quake, who lives in Miami, calls Fat Man's "the reckless sessions up in Broward." Everybody yells over each other instead of waiting to speak, the arguments get heated — especially when there's booze around — and the get-togethers might stretch for ten hours. The neighbors don't look forward to Tuesday nights.

This night, though, was different. Nobody really touched the relatively gourmet ham-and-potato casserole — "white-people food [that] two homies teamed up" to make, Quake explains — and Ynot was buried in a blue-lined notebook, planning a piece in memory of Sege, a graf artist who in 2003 swallowed 23 Oxys and never woke up. There's a lot of death in graffiti, but it comes with a dripping-chrome silver lining: Most bombers end up getting up more after they're gone. It's the duty of the crew to spend the next year or so littering the streets and highways with burners, fill-ins, and thousands of stickers bearing the dead member's tag.

"Yo, it's my birthday in half an hour," Ynot said at 11:30 p.m., and when his iPhone read midnight, he announced that too. He began talking about a nudie bar where he knew a couple of the strippers from his tattoo business. With his outlaw reputation, Lil Wayne-sans-melanin look, cool demeanor, and tattoo den where chant-rapper Waka Flocka Flame was forever on the stereo, Ynot was a "straight-up rock star," Quake says. Pole dancers naturally chose him to do their tramp stamps.

Quake cringed at the strip club idea. Most MSG heads were a decade older than Ynot. For them, there are only two reasons to go out after midnight on a Tuesday: an I-95 heaven above the southbound lane, so that the Wednesday-morning commuters can't miss it, or a newly buffed wall ripe for the hitting only when the streets are empty.

But there's no denying your kid brother an inaugural trip to the titty bar. After all, for the past six years, he had killed time outside clubs, napalming the neighborhood with his trusty silver-filled Kiwi shoe polish bottle, while you partied inside.

The trip to Davie was a slow one, with them hanging out of the car windows every few blocks to plant stickers of their homey Basik's tag. He hadn't died, but he had moved to Kentucky — which was close enough.

All night, the boys brutally slapped Ynot's forearm bearing the fresh tattoo: an oozing casket with a bloodshot blue eye lying in wake. For once, the kid — whose arms, neck, and knuckles were covered in wobbly black tats that looked like they could have been done by a prison cell mate — was getting some good ink.

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CAP
CAP

I can't believe I'm just learning about this now. Growing up, I used to love Ynot and Dose; I'd get all excited whenever I saw a new piece - something that worried my mother to no end lol I moved out of state right before this all happened. Coming back, not seeing their tags and shit - now reading this?! It's like a piece of my childhood has fallen out. I'm never going to forget Ynot and Dose. They were the reason I first picked up a sharpie a year ago and started tagging. If you see a fat asain dude with a creepy smile and piercings - that's me. R.I.P. Ynot

Codehtc
Codehtc

rip my dawg ynot all the haters who leave negative comments about someone who was murdered fuck you..

Daniel
Daniel

To those of you who insist on making the stupid comments- First off, this kid was MUDERED. Defacing property is not that serious of an offense. Secondly, a few have said that it's expensive (one quoted at 10,000 to repair), no, it's not. It takes a few hundred to buy paint and rollers, etc, and repaint over it. If it's even that big. Even if you pressure wash, it still doesnt come out to that amount. Oh, and guess what, if your business has insurance (you should, unless youre a fucking dumbass, like you swear this guy was. If you dont, then who's really the dumbass here? And if you do, then take your immature ass somewhere else, and do something constuctive. Get. A. Fucking. Life.), then you pay a deductable, and it's fixed. Idiot. This story isn't glorifing graffitti art, it's merely telling a story about what seemed like a brilliant human being, that was taken too early, about a son who now doesn't have a father, and about the people he positively impacted. Who have you positively impacted? Were you able to do it by the time you turned 21? I doubt it. Most of you fucks are still sucking off your mothers teet at that age, having them pay your way thru life, college. Hell, most havent even had a REAL job by then. He was self sufficient. He had his own business. Tattooing is a REAL job, and it makes REAL money. And lastly, show some fucking respect for the dead. And if you're so concerned about young people turning out like him, then send his fatherless son some money, give him a fighting chance to make it in this world. Most of you pricks dont know what it's like to have to fight to survive. Try and give that boy the same blessing that you took for granted. One more thing. What has happened to the killers? Have they been to court yet? Whats happening with the case? And how is the family doing?

Mister
Mister

This by far is the worst article i have ever read on graffiti and the biography of a writers life. Besides being corny and written terribly- the stories are all misconstrued and the Journalist is making graffiti artists sound more like vagrants and drug addict gang members. I didn't know Ynot personally but from what i gathered from the many people that loved him, he was good people and the few good things written about him in this article were drowned with nonsensical negative details that any redneck reading could rationalize him out to be a loser. Here is a better article, after exactly ONE full year where is his murderer? A lot of people who didnt know him or got a tattoo from him once decided to go to war writing his name everywhere; but WHYNOT expose the murderer and call him to justice? Why did police and all local media refuse to release the murder suspect's name for so long? Why did it take half a year to even arrest the guy and give him a puny $2,500 bail for killing someone? This shit has been swept under the rug for long enough; a human being was killed and on his birthday- it doesnt matter if he was the pope or a scum bag this could of easily been anyone and his murderer is walking free.

RIP Ynot and god bless all his friends and family. F*ck this article its worthless, peace

Skateallday
Skateallday

youve got to be fucking kidding me.....ynot was hella more of a person than you fucks will ever be....someone should kill the cunt that killed him......graffiti makes everyones life interesting, being able to see colors and designs instead of a blank, gray wall on the side of the road......if you came here to hate, then go die...by the way, to the commentor "ynot blows", you spelled cockroach wrong. real people do whatever fucking makes their day worth living, not doing some dipfuck job for your whole life. i hope you have fun being the bitch that you are. go suck dick. and "hollyhoodsk8r", you skate and write?

Hollyhoodsk8r
Hollyhoodsk8r

yo i live hollywood ynot was a goon ask bout me Token

annonymous
annonymous

none of these people have any idea how great of a person he was who cares if hes tried drugs i bet a shitload of these fuckers have, graff is art its alot harder than drawing some stupid shit with a pencil than paint graffiti takes skill practice creativity and alot of other stuff you fucks wont ever attain, i know so many people that talk about how good of a person ynot was and you guys are bitching about how he painted how he should be dead when you guys dont care there are murderers on the loose still, all of you people that talked wrong about him should just get off this dont read it and stop complainning im guna laugh when all of you bitches burn in hell

Rolling
Rolling

The dead guy was a drug user I just look at the trash he looks half dead in the pic . Like I said one less shit head to worry about . Now the dirt will tag his ass ......

Ynot blows
Ynot blows

This Ynot character was a low life scum. A typical cochroach that crawls out at night to damage other peoples property. A bigtime loser with no ambition in life other than "look at me" whoring attitude. Real people have real jobs in this world. This piece of shit loser was a hack. No loss at all to the community.

Mattcorso
Mattcorso

listen dont talk about my causin like that yall have no respect. this man was a good dude,friend,dad,artist,and many more. fuck yall if yall got a problem then call me and i can fix that for you. 2026502626

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Desiloverico
Desiloverico

i love you cousin pls continue to watch over us.! forever 21 cuzz love you always lil cuzz desi<3

i bust taggers
i bust taggers

Im happy to know the person ynot is dead . Wished he died before now along with his so called friends . It goes to show that taggers are on drugs and steal stuff . Tagging is a gate way crime it leads to other crimes .......So its not a great lose when they die ......

AMMO
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R.I.P. YNOT

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As someone who loves cities, freedom, community, I can't see graffiti as defacement. It isn't. It's what makes a city breathe. It's light, a kind of poetry. Every time I see a new piece in old familiar places driving to across the state to see friends, I laugh. Every time I see political manifestos, names, murals sprayed at dizzying heights or around unexpected corners... I feel alive. Thank you Gus Garcia-Roberts for the article. Thank you MSG Cartel for existing. Thank you Ynot for the beauty.

Criminals ruin other people's
Criminals ruin other people's

Graffiti is a crime. Defacing property is a crime. Criminals!

Keep your stolen spray paint cans out of my neighborhood or you will wish you got crushed by an SUV.

apriciate graffiti
apriciate graffiti

graffiti is a art. its way different from your usual paintings. it is more difficult and larger than your little board paintings. if its art it should not be illegal. since it is then why is not all type of art illegal?answer me that question.r.i.p ynot a true graffiti legend

New Times wastes space
New Times wastes space

Jon Corso was just another criminal waiting to die. Why is Miami New Times and its writer wasting a drop of ink?

New Times should write about someone who contributes to society, not pond scum who destroy society.

These criminals need to be caught or killed.

Graffiti is a crime
Graffiti is a crime

Graffiti is a crime. Ruining property is a crime.Graffiti criminals deserve to get run over and crushed by SUVs.

If you see a criminal defacing anything call 911 immediately. Call the police, let them put the criminals in prison.

D
D

i missed the opportunity to grab a printed version. is there any other way of getting one other than the news stands? please help!

-Thank you

Commit graffiti crime get crus
Commit graffiti crime get crus

Graffiti criminals like YNOT deserve to die young. They are stupid and irresponsible.

All you idiots out there who like criminals try writing the checks to paint over their defacements?

ohwow
ohwow

weather destroys property, so lets ban weather and atmosphere. also living in miami the salt water rust metal so lets ban the ocean too. dumbasses

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Crushed by an SUV
Crushed by an SUV

Criminals who ruin property deserve to be crushed by SUVs.

Falling onto concrete is also a good result.

Criminals deserve what they get. Innocent victims do not deserve to have their properties destroyed.

willie
willie

Truly sad story..My regards to his family and MSG family...We recently lost "NES" another one of our piers.Life is not always fair i know thru my many years of gangbanging and grafitti,lost many soldiers along the way..I still practice my art but cant afford to put it on walls anymore.I got three kids to bring up the right way as i will teach them thru my experiences.. peace to the MSG crew.......... willie a.k.a "TIME" M.T.W crew..

Mister
Mister

Judging another human being by photos and not his character, and going out of your way to read an article and post a comment about it would show that you are a cruel monster with no empathy for all the people that loved him. he never got in a fight in his life and was murdered, and people are saddened by his death- so apparently he did have some worth in this world because people have felt a loss. You on the other hand are a psychopath.

Hollyhoodsk8r
Hollyhoodsk8r

UR JUDGING WIT UR EYES N NOTHING ELSE HE HAD GREAT TALENT AN U SIR ARE A FAIL

KickUrAss
KickUrAss

fuck u douche. ur glad are u? let's see when u suffer the same fate asshole. wait till u get busted in ur fucking mouth. u damn sure dont "bust taggers" or nuts u fag

KickUrAss
KickUrAss

Fucking idiot, a "gateway crime"....How far did u reach up ur ass to find that one? Ur probably just mad he fucked ur wife and left his tag on ur dining room wall bitch. BTW, tell ur wife to douche

anon
anon

You deserve to die because of your terrible grammar.Crappy spelling is a gateway crime.

Desiloverico
Desiloverico

bitch i hope you go to hell talkin all that shyt come get your ass beat you stopid fuck you have no heart and my cuzz didnt do fuckin drugs you stopid bastard he had a baby and a life that he loved along with family.! so before you go sayin shyt lets the shyt be clear what your saying i hope o never fiind you cuzz i will fuckin hurt your stopid ass and see who i am bitch add me on fb and well get this shyt happin ill fuck you up wheather you a man or wamen add me DESTINY KHALLIE RUFFINO

KickUrAss
KickUrAss

Fucking idiot. U need to have a home in order to be concerned about ur neighborhood. We can clearly see that u dont meet that criteria broke bitch...probably using the public computer at the library. Secondly, have u ever been in an suv or just seen them on the street when u and ur mother are footing it down biscayne trying to turn tricks just to afford a 49cent hamburger. If u want to comment on shit, make sure u either know the person or wtf u talking about. Thats 2 quick strikes for u off the bat. Keep running ur mouth and # 3 will on the way

KickUrAss
KickUrAss

The criminals that need to be caught and killed are the people u know best....ur family. I know u defile farm animals on weekends. Its a crime wut u do to that poor dog every night. FYI, the dog im referring to isnt ur wife. That bitch knows when im referring to her...i just blow a whistle or throw out a few treats. She loves to have her stomach rubbed btw. She might have fleas though

KickUrAss
KickUrAss

Ur mother deserves to get crushed, better yet, splattered by a Hummer bitch. See me behind the wheel listening to wacka flocka

TAGGERS-ARE-FAGGERS
TAGGERS-ARE-FAGGERS

Fuck you dick head and FUCK YOUR DEAD FRIEND IN HIS ASS . lol kickurass you are a dumb-ass .

ibeatuptaggers
ibeatuptaggers

fuck him and his family ........ and again a good tagger is a dead one

KickUrAss
KickUrAss

fuck u, your inbred mother and your father/uncle. go outback and hunt for ur dinner bitch. trailer park fuck

 
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