Bumping around Facebook today, I noticed a friend suggestion in the top right corner that read “Da Original Stay High 149”. Out of curiosity and possibly a laugh I clicked on the link and found pictures and info from a 56 year old man that claims to be the first Stay High 149. Luis Berrios claims that he started writing the name “Stay High 149” in 1966 along side his cousin who wrote “The Saint” accompanied with a smoking stick figure. Berrios claims that Wayne Roberts saw their tags and copied their work years later.
Here is a High Times interview with Luis Berrios the self proclaimed original Stay High…
This story seems far fetched and reminds me of the countless people I have met in the past that have claimed to be another notable writer. Berrios has no real proof other than the words from his mouth and some debatable pics. Even my half cousins father tried to convince me that he was Lee TF5, and that he also wrote Mack on subways, in the Bronx during the early 1980’s. Some people go to great lengths to get you to believe a flat out lie, or at best a slight truth. Who knows what to believe these days? Most graffiti is pulled from inspiration in and out of the scene. Actually, I think this Berrios is a complete fraud, caught up with the continued maintenance of a lifelong lie.
(Below) Wayne Roberts aka the legendary Stay High 149