Boro's blog just did a great post (part1) of their greatest moments in Graffiti history...
"On July 1971, the New York Times published an article about a young Harlem kid of greek origins who was gaining notoriety by scrawling his name on other people’s property around the city. Taki 183 who was working as a messenger at the time was traveling around the city marking surfaces everywhere he went. Even though Taki was not the first to tag the streets he was the first to be showcased in a reknown publication, giving him great media attention. After that a slew of other youths began following his lead. It was the beginning of what would become a plague on the streets and subway cars of the big apple."
This and all the other posts definitely make for an interesting read!