Reported by April Taylor
The New York Post is reporting that well-known Queens graffiti artist Jason Wulf has died. Wulf, who was 42, was apparently electrocuted by the third rail in a Brooklyn subway station and was found alone on the tracks Wednesday night. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will be investigating his death as it is not clear exactly what happened. Wulf’s friend reports that he may have been “tagging,” placing graffiti on the walls. Another person has reported to the Post that Wulf was returning home to Queens from Brooklyn.
Wulf’s friends began spray-painting the subway station where he died with his tag initials “DG.” Cops were dispatched to the station to prevent any further tagging, so well wishers decided to spray-paint Wulf’s tag initials in other stations and even took to painting mailboxes. Friends of Wulf also set up an online fundraiser to help cover his funeral expenses, and the site was able to raise $10,000 in little more than a day’s time. Wulf’s wake and funeral are set to be held at St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood, Queens.
Wulf had been a street artist since 1985 and painted subway cars and buildings with “canvasses on par with those found in the world’s most prestigious art institutions,” according to a blogger who wrote about Wulf’s death. The blogger for animalnewyork.com went on to say, “Despite his outpouring of creativity, he never embraced the art world or graffiti circuit. Although he sold canvasses, he represented that older-school breed of graffiti writer who had no interest in mainstream recognition.”
Police reports show that despite run-ins with the law over his graffiti, Wulf remained committed to his passion. Records indicate that he had been arrested 13 separate times since 2008. He had been charged with multiple things including criminal mischief, graffiti, and trespassing.
Friends report that he will be buried in an all white casket, so that it can be painted with graffiti by friends and family.