Patti Astor studied acting in the Lee Strasberg Institute and went on to be at the forefront of the underground film and East Village art scene of the 1970s. One of her biggest roles was in the Ahearn film Wild Style which is often credited as assisting in the early popularization of hip hop music and culture. She also cofounded FUN gallery with Bill Stelling which specialized in featuring graffiti artists like Fab 5 Freddy, Zephyr, and Lady Pink as well as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.