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Picking the Brain of the Man Behind Goldenstash

Somewhere in the world, the author of the obscure architectural art tome that inspired an unmistakable icon of urban esoteria has no idea.

During a mid-’00s day at the Harvard Book Store, a fledgling street artist thumbed through just such an instructional volume, and took a shining to the recurring image of a jovial gent with the pronounced mustache and guileless charisma of a ’70s porn star. Once overhauled with thicker lines, black eyes, and immaculate facial hair, the character materialized in countless high-visibility locations throughout Boston and New York City. More