acronym of the infamous Australian graffiti artist crew,
the Melbourne Suicidal Assassins
active mainly in Melbourne (also in other Victorian areas, and Adelaide and Mt. Gambier, in South Australia) from the mid-1980s; arguably one of the greatest and most talented graph
crews produced by Australia, of course its creation inspired by the original and greatest of all, the New York graffiti scene. How-ever 'talented' and/or 'artistic' its members were, they were well known for their hardcore activities and indulgences, sometimes resulting in members' deaths, hence their behavior living up to their name 'suicidal'. Interests of the group included death metal
music, a singular addition to the normal hip-hop association of graf
crews (resulting in the sometimes used Mass/or Melbourne Satanic Alliance/Allegiance
tag), and excessive drug and alcohol consumption. M.S.A. were actively pursued by various police groups for their prolific graffiti of urban infra-structure including Australian trains and also were accused of engaging in occult-like practices and satanic activities, possibly actually involving the associated group, S.A.C. (the Satanic Anti- Christians).
M.S.A. sometime associates/members included artists of the crews A.K.A., D.M.A., A.C., W.C.A., S.A.C., T.D.C., T.H.C., L.S.D., R.D.C., F.M.C.,
K.S.A./3174, R.F.K., F.T.W., F.D.M./3216 and others.
Many surviving members, such as DSKIZ
, are now more conventionally established artists.
"M.S.A. are old school man, they rock hard."
"Dskiz (disguise) and Emesay (MSA) are among the originators of graffiti art in Australia".