Michelle Corso-Mottola, 44, said her son Jonathan Corso "just wanted to make the world a more beautiful place."Corso was a graffiti writer, known as YNOT, who made a living as a tattoo artist.
He spent most of his life drawing and splashing colorful paint on dull walls, rusted freights, and abandoned buildings throughout South Florida.
Writers sacrifice a lot for their art. The troubled vandals have stories about running and hiding from police officers.
YNOT had many. He was obsessed with spray-paint. And he was not alone.
Corso's five-month-old son Maxamillion should know his dad was a gutsy frontiersman, who was part of a worldwide art scene.
Corso's death may have had nothing to do with painting. He was killed on Wednesday morning at a Davie strip-club called Eden, while celebrating his 21st birthday. A man ran him over with a Cadillac Escalade. These are the facts little Max should probably not think about. Instead, Maximillion should always remember that his dad was loved by many. In South Florida's scene of self-righteous vandals, graffiti crews MSG, 28, BUK50 and the many writers who respected his creativity, dedication and guts are in mourning.
On the MSG cartel website, an anonymous blogger posted: "We lost a member of our family today. A homie that touched many of our lives.Our crew will never be the same."
"It felt just like yesterday when we first met. He was like 15-years-old and I was impressed with his skills as a bomber and a painter, but more as a person," posted graffiti writer Doper on the MSG site. "You will be missed homie."
Lemik One posted he noticed YNOT's name everywhere, and that like most good artwork it always made him smile.
MTX concurred on the site:
"You always made me smile, and your art spoke for itself."
On a Facebook Memorial, fellow writer Drew Daniels was unafraid to post publicly:
"It was a pleasure taggin with you."
Donald Esposito confessed YNOT will "always be a true inspiration." Steven MacTaggart shared Esposito's feeling: "Such an inspiration, sad to see you go like this." Mad Makz Parris shared MacTaggart's pain: "You inspired me ... you'll always be in my heart and behind my art."
friends and family will be honoring YNOT's memory on Friday night at
Mex Cafe & Lounge, 10031 Sunset Strip, in Sunrise.
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