Monday 27th March 2017,
Get Up & Support NYC

Sure – Rest in Peace

I had the honor of calling Sure a friend, but nobody can describe this horrible tragedy better than another great friend of mine and Sure’s painting partner Faust…


It is with my deepest regrets to inform you that this morning I received news of the passing of my close friend Sure. Last night he was killed in Afghanistan where he was stationed as a Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Sure was born and bred in Brooklyn and recognized for his exceptional handstyle which brought together elements of classic New York graffiti with ornamental calligraphy. His script signatures could be found throughout the city and were a major influence on myself and countless others.

Sure also received great recognition as one of the most prominent sticker bombers of all time. Of the thousands of stickers he put up, nearly every one of them was individually hand done in an incredible array of styles. This was recently exemplified in Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art (Rizzoli) by DB Burkeman and in Martha Cooper’s latest book Name Tagging (Mark Batty Publishing) which features an interview with Sure.

Sure was like a brother to me. He was my partner-in-crime and my best friend. I am grateful for the time we had and that everywhere I go in New York City I see his name and know that his presence will be felt by many long after his passing.


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  1. Kelenna June 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Sue Centorame What a great chat Ryan. You make me laugh because I know that gleem in your Irish eyes. The1r&#82e7;s something special behind them. So grateful that you are well now, praise God. Please know that I will always wish you the best life has to offer without anymore heartache. You deserve the best and one day when you least expect it you’ll find it (her). My prayers go with you from here on in and may your carreer soar to new heights. Stay safe my Irish friend.

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