Blade, RIP Blade, Drawing, ND

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Blade, RIP Blade, Drawing, No date

In some of these drawings the generally upbeat and optimistic BLADE reveals a fatalistic side that is perhaps a by-product of the dangers he and colleagues once faced while illegally painting trains at night. However, the news of BLADE’s death is premature. He is alive and well, living in Florida.

Size: 6.25 x 6.4

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