SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Throughout the 80's, Cool "Disco" Dan produced his signature tags all over the District.
The graffiti artist built a famous reputation against the backdrop of DC's homegrown Go-Go music and plenty of live performances.
At AFI Theater Friday night, Cool "Disco" Dan watched a screening of The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan along with his fans. He later signed posters and took photos with his admirers and urban street art enthusiasts.
"I've been around for so many generations," the artist told WUSA9 after the screening. He actively participated in the making of the documentary.
The autobiographical film took 12 years to make, according to the documentary's executive producer, Roger Gastman.
"When I did art, I'd like to do things that kinda blew people's minds, you know. And just, writing my name in odd places," Cool "Disco Dan" continued.
He gained recognition by steadily building his body of work.
"I'd see his stuff everywhere and wonder, who is this Dan guy? And how does he get to all these unique places?" said Dave, a fan, who said he noticed many of the tags riding on Metro's redline during the 80s.
"I just think the best thing about it was that he got to tell his story, that he was in it," said another viewer of the documentary.
The artist has retired from graffiti work, but he said he continues to draw.
"You can talk to a crack head, a lawyer, a taxi driver, a waiter, and if they were in the District in the 80's or 90's, they knew who Cool "Disco" Dan is," said Gastman.
Viewers may get the online DVD release at CoolDiscoDan.com.
Produced/Written by: Elizabeth Jia
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