Cave Tirado shakes a can of orange spray paint and begins to emblazon his name onto his first American wall. He is not looking over his shoulder or worried that the police might catch him.
Tirado, 19, traveled to New York from Spain, partly to see the city, but mostly to leave his mark on the walls of an old Queens warehouse where graffiti is legal.
Graffiti artists find legal haven in NYC
"I always write my name," he said in Spanish, while wearing a graffiti-style shirt that also bears his name. "To represent your name — that's what graffiti is to me."
The warehouse, called 5 Pointz, has become a haven for artists in a city where graffiti has flourished for decades and where city officials have waged a seemingly endless battle to keep it out.
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