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Fighting for the legacy of Hong Kong's graffiti pioneer

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His graffiti once plastered Hong Kong, dense black ink calligraphy applied with a brush to any public surface, telling the outlandish story of why he believed the territory belonged to him. 

Pedestrians walk past a graffiti made by the late self-declared "King of Kowloon", Tsang Tsou-choi, in Hong Kong, on April 10, 2013. Six years since his death in 2007, aged 85, only four pieces of Tsang's distinctive street art remain in situ, the rest swept away by an unstoppable wave of redevelopment or painted over by the authorities.

The self-declared "King of Kowloon", Tsang Tsou-choi, lived in poverty but became a local hero and internationally renowned artist, creating around 55,000 outdoor works over five decades on everything from post boxes to flyovers.

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