calligraphic graffiti

It would have been a just another rags-to-riches tale — except that the protagonist died before he reached true celebrity status.

The late street artist Tsang Tsou-choi, a welfare-receiving pariah, was initially dismissed as crazy for plastering the Kowloon peninsula of Hong Kong with rambling graffiti in which he declared his claims to the ruling class.

He believed that his ancestors had been royalty who were deeded land rights to that part of Hong Kong, and his calligraphic rants spelled out details of his family history, as if to publicly prove that the moniker he’d given himself — the King of Kowloon — was true.

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