Fernando Carlo a.k.a COPE2 was born in 1968 in the South Bronx. He started painting in 1978. In 1982, he created his own crew, the “Kids Destroyer” which later became “King’s Destroyer”. Very active in the 1980-90s, he painted in all New York subway lines, which is how he earned his fame. But the New York authorities started chasing graffiti artists and severely punishing them.
He then worked in the city, making simple graffiti, as well as with galleries, and major brands such as Time Life, Converse, Adidas, or Footlocker. Highly regarded in the world of graffiti artists, he still paints legally in the streets and collaborates with other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Scharf, etc.
COPE2 is today one of the New York graffiti legend and an iconic figure of the graffiti culture.