HIP HOP culture started in the street of Bronx in the early 70`s. The four historic elements of Hip-Hop are composed from MCing, DJing, Graffiti, and B-boying.

American artist, Phase 2’s life was hip-hop culture itself.

Phase 2 is a very gifted artist and as the founder of Subway Art/Aerosol Art also call Graffiti Art, he is greatly admired by a lot of people.  He created several theories such as “Bubble letter,” “Style writing,” “Wild letter,” and “Arrow letter”. In the style department, he’s quite an innovator and we can see this with artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat who were greatly influenced by his works. He was also commended on his work in the graffiti documentary film “Style Wars.” 

Phase 2 has also achieved a lot in the music industry. In 1982, he released his first single “The Roxy” from Celluloid Records. In that same year, he released another single titled “Beach Boy” from Tough City Records, after which he had a collaboration with Barry Michael Cooper.

He also made a lot of contributions to the break dance industry. He was the one who named the famous NY break dance crew “The New York City Breakers”. He was a member of the B-Boy crew “Electrified Movement” and he formed and invented words and dance style like "Battle" "Rocking" and "Up rock".  

He brought out a lot of amazing talents in the sphere of editorial. In the late 1970s, a lot of people were fascinated with the way he designed the flier for Hip Hop parties in New York, the designs were simply amazing! You will recall from Sotheby’s auction recently that the flier was 5 times higher than the estimated price.

In the 1980s, the multitalented Phase2 was called “a charisma of the street culture in New York City.”

Graffiti art started gaining recognition in the art industry as a real art form during the md-1980s. In order to raise the status of graffiti art, he went into action by using the situation, with this he made a call and got the name changed from “graffiti art (scribble art)” to Subway Art / Aerosol Art in the late 80s.

However, this movement was not supported by the media nor the graffiti artists. Unfortunately, he began to dislike the media who use the term “graffiti”.

From the 90s to 2000, He released lots of incredible artworks to the world. Only very serious buyers bought his work since he was restricted by the media. His artwork was also limited since his management was responsible for picking the buyers of his work.

His sculpture was displayed at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NY. He teamed up with street clothing brand Supreme to release a capsule collection.

He designed the cover of the American music magazine “Wax Poetics”.  It was an amazing collage artwork that had the industry in shock. He was so obsessed with figurine to the extent that he released a figurine series with Hon Kong based toy company Unbox Industries. He also did the DVD cover design for Japanese iconic HIP HOP group “NITRO MICROPHONE UNDERGROUND”.

In 2002, he did a group exhibition with Futura 2000 and Ramme Izee. It was a historic moment in the history of Hip Hop.

And he made many more artworks.

On the 12th of December 2019, Lonny Wood, also known as Phase 2 died of an illness called Lou Gehrig at the age of 64. He was an amazing Hip Hop artist who was good at what he did and he never for one day compromised his values.


EXPANSION NY clothing company is pleased to announce the release of tribute items in collaboration with Phase 2. Part of the sales will be donated to his family. We will be releasing T-shirts and Hoodies.



This design for the hoodie was originally released in 2008. And the T-shirts was designed by an artist called David Schmidlapp.

David Schmidlapp.

David is not only known as a photographer, but also an editor, a writer, filmmaker, performer, and an amazing artist from New York.

 Last year, a special exhibition for his work was held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

He had a very close relationship with Phase 2.


Forgive me!!! There may be many mistake, I wrote what I learned from him. 

Last but not least, I would like to thank Steve Brock. Thank you for introducing Phase 2. We did hit it off.





フェーズ2 アメリカンアーティスト




フェーズ2は、音楽の分野でも優れた仕事を残しています。1982年には、セルロイドレコード社から、1枚目のシングル『ザ・ロキシー』を発売。同年に続けて、タフ・シティレコード 社からシングル『ビーチ・ボーイ』をリリースし、バリーマイケル・クーパーとの見事なコラボを見せています。










日本では、伝説的ラップグループ、ニトロマイクロフォンアンダーグラウンドの DVDジャケットを制作するなど、多種多様な作品を生み出していったのです。











デビットは、写真家、編集者、執筆者、フィルムメーカー、パフォーマーと、実にさまざまな顔を持っています。ニューヨークが誇る偉大なファインアーティストです。昨年には、ニューヨーク近代美術館 (MOMA) にて、彼の特別展が開催されました。フェーズ2と親交が深かったことでも知られています。


もしかして間違いがあるかも知れない。私は彼に教わった事を書いてみた。最後に、彼を紹介してくれたSteve Brockに感謝いたします。

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