When Bardia Bryan Zargham got serious about graffiti, he chose Alpha as his tag and set about painting all over Toronto.
That was about five years ago, and since then, “Alpha” and “Alfa” have appeared from back alleys to boxcars, bringing underground fame to the 18-year-old artist and frustration from those who wished he would stop.
“One time I asked him, ‘Why did you pick that name?’ ” his father, Saeed Zargham, said yesterday, “and he said, ‘Because Alpha is the beginning of everything.’ ”
On Tuesday night, Alpha marked the end of everything for young Mr. Zargham. At about 9:45 p.m., right after he tagged a parked freight car with baby-blue spray paint, he was struck dead by a train near Dupont and Christie streets….
[Alpha’s father] is taking comfort from the passion he showed for his work, fatal as it was.
That passion, the father said, sprang from a simple desire to be known and for his work to be seen, not to harm anyone.
“From the outside, when you look at it . . . it’s not worth it. But for him, he put his life on the line for this.
“I lost a son, an 18-year-old son, but I’m proud of him.”
It’s sad that the first newspaper article I’ve read that isn’t snide or condemning about graffiti artists has to be about an artist’s death…. My sympathies and regrets go out to family, friends, fellow writers. R.I.P.
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