RC Factory, Miami

March 5th, 2013 by


I think this is the first abandoned building I've been to that has a Yelp review page..


Graffiti History

According to yelp:
*Early 1990s: The words "Yammy, Yammy, Miami" are displayed on one of the walls
*1995 through 1998: All illegal pieces
*1999: Illegal blockbuster done by graffiti legends Crook and Crome (Crook and Crome are two of Miami's most infamous graffiti writers. During the height of the controversy surrounding these two artists, they executed an enormous blockbuster on this wall during the daytime.)

*2000-2001: Lebo painted the wall and was dissed by Miami graffiti writers. (Lebo Lebatard is a Miami artist with a fantastic career. He is known for painting a lot of music-inspired works of art and is the brother of the sports writer and radio host Dan Lebatard. The reason it got dissed is because the wall belonged to Miami Graffiti writers, and Lebo painted over their works. Though he is a respected artist, he's not a street artist. It probably wasn't intentional, but that's what happened.)

*2002: Meks, Aim Crew, Freek, Ultra, Gwiz, Dam Crew, Cure, Msix, Bane, MSG, and the inkheads painted a mural for use in the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious.

*2005 (est.): Altoids uses local graffiti artists to create a writer's album for promotional purposes.

*2008 - Present: Primary Flight takes over the plant with permission from its current owners.


Industrial History
This building was formerly used by RC Cola. It's exact history beyond that is unknown. If you happen to know more than we do - by all means please comment. The internet is decidedly vacant of information on this subject.

Legal?
We heard a story that a pretty well known Miami writer was in there painting illegally when cops showed up - they were going to kick his ass but his girl was there and they didn't pull a dick card. Like all graffiti stories take it with a grain of salt. We climbed in and had no problems walking around in there - not during Art Basel or with any sort of permission.

So by all means, go in and enjoy. And like any location, expect that there is always the slim chance a cop might show up.

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