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A graffiti legend from the very earliest days of New York’s underground hip-hop movement, Futura 2000 is presently being elevated to iconic status by his progeny. At 46, he is old enough not only to be their father but also to know better.

“I’m a fan of my movement,” he says. “I have respect for it, the history of it and my place in it. A lot of people ‘big’ me up, put me on a much higher pedestal than where I belong. I can’t believe my hype. Many times I’ve been flavor of the month, so I know the month will end. I’m not dependent on any of it. That’s why all of this is kind of a laugh.”

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