Gabriel Flash Carrasquillo Jr.
Flash was born in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in 1967 and moved to Logan Square in 1972 where he was raised. In 1982, he joined one of the first Graffiti crews in Chicago, Artistic Bombing Crew-(ABC) and began painting Chicago rooftops bringing New York style Graffiti to the masses between 1982 and 1987. He soon became known as “Flash” for his passion and ability to take pictures and document his environment.
Served 8 years in the Illinois National Guard. Flash attended the City Colleges of Chicago and is certified as a Mechanical Engineer. In 1990 he began working as an engineer at Stiffel Lamps working with designers to implement their products to a manufacturing environment.
In 2003 Flash began posting the internet and documenting Chicago Graffiti’s culture. Two years later in 2005 he would become the Moderator for Chicago Graffiti Forums, a site used by schools and universities as a place of reference for students learning about the history of Chicago Graffiti. To this date the site gets 1 million visits a year. His Graffiti photo collection has over 35 years of Chicago Graffiti and Street art. His photos have appeared in Roger Gaston’s: History of American Graffiti and other Graffiti publications. His block letters can be found in “CRACKDOWN 2” a video game by Ruffhouse for X-BOX 360.
For the past 10 years Flash has curated “Project Logan” a permission wall which rotates various artistic styles of Graffiti. Most recently, he was invited to participate in the inaugural creation of the 606 Chicago Graffiti Garden Arena. Both projects serve as a visual record of an ever-changing community and the evolution of Graffiti. Another one of his loves is riding bicycles with the Classic Cruisers. A old school beach cruiser club out of Humboldt Park.