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Remembering artist Matthew Boyd, aka "Mines," 1979 - 2001

When 22-year-old Matthew Boyd (known also by his graffiti name "Mines" or "Minus,") died in car accident on August 13, 2001, his absence left a gaping void in his family and the local hip-hop scene.

Often described as the "glue" of the graffiti community, one year after his death Boyd is remembered by family and friends as a generous, humble spirit who was never comfortable with society's expectations.

"He had an anger about the world and its confining boxes," said Alisha Boyd, Matt's sister. And though he was naturally inclined to defy conventional expectations (he dropped out of high school and was always most interested in the still-illegal art of graffiti), he didn't do it to rebel, said Alisha.

"He was always a bit ahead of everything," said Matt's brother, Derrick, "but he would never brag about it or try to set himself apart."

This generous humility impressed itself deeply onto longtime friend Josh Veteto. "Matt was very open and remembered everyone who came into his life and gave fully of his spirit -- something that sometimes left him drained."

Also a musician and renowned human beat-boxer (voted "Best Local Beatbox" by the Independent in 2000), Veteto described Boyd as a "creative epicenter" who inspired everyone with whom he came into contact."

Earmy Boyd, Matt's mother, said simply: "He liked it when things were beautiful. He liked art."

--Noel Black

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