Mike Martin aka Iz The Wiz
November 8, 1958 - June 17, 2009
Rest In Peace
"Iz The Wiz was from the New York borough of Queens. Beginning in 1972, he became a long reigning all-city graffiti king of New York known primarily for his quick, simple two letter tag. Iz represented a new breed of fame-obsessed writers concerned with finding the perfect balance between quantity and quality. He was also featured in the 1983 documentary Style Wars.
From years of using toxic aerosol products with no protective mask, Iz was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1996. In early 2000, in an interview for Style Wars Revisited, he commented that he would give up all his past fame for full health." [Wikipedia]