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 January 20, 2014.   0 Comment
While graffiti is associated with vandalizing other people's property, it has slowly evolved into an art form. Now, graffiti rendered by the most talented artists commands a pretty penny and is sometimes even auctioned off. Do you have what it takes to become a graffiti artist?

Go out and buy a sketchbook. This is your bible, always use this before you try anything. Also come up with a good name, nothing stupid like Ghost, Rage etc and try to make it unique . Alternatively, buy some paper and carry it with you at all times.

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    Choose a name that you would like to write and stick to it. Remember to look around for someone with the same name (words like face, ghost, king, demon, blaze, perk etc. are all common names). If you want to be really original come up with a longer word that is more cunning and perhaps relates to you or your work.
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    Look for inspiration in your city and on the internet, but do not directly copy anything you see; this will brand you as a toy [meaning a new artist who gets no respect] for a long time. This is also called "biting" which is a graffiti term for copying someone else's work. Biting is okay for your first graffiti piece just as long as you do not take the credit for it.
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    Evolve your style. Most guys want to go straight to wildstyle and murals. It doesn't work out that way. Start with bubble letters an progress forward.
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    After months/weeks of practice and sketching, buy some permanent markers or make your own and begin tagging.
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    Work your way up to stickers, stencils or doing throw ups [a form of graffiti].
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    Meet other artists of your skill and of greater skill. You can learn from your superiors in this subculture and help your equals.
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    Do your homework. Try Researching people such as UTI CREW LOS ANGELESResearching styles can help you to understand the history of graffiti and different style.


  • If ever arrested ask for a lawyer and use your right to remain silent. All you have to give them is your name, address and birthday. Do not let them push you around to give them information regarding a crew or anything you write, even if you have sprayed paint and know what you wrote on the wall. Remember that if a cop says that "you're only going to make it worse" it's already bad and they just want a confession to wrap up the case.
  • Overall enjoy it, be creative, be original and go wild. Once you understand letterconstruction you can start innovating some new crazy styles, don't be afraid to go big; you never know where it will take you.
  • Really invest in your art. Buy graffiti brand supplies. Or as an alternative make your own ink and markers. You could also buy regular, affordable spray paint.
  • You can't always graffiti on your own property, there may be an ordinance in your city against it.
  • Consider why you want to get involved with graffiti. For some it just feels right, however some other people are in it for all the wrong reasons. To write to look cool in front of your friends is not a good reason.
  • Practice on large rocks. You can later paint them over with house paint.
  • Never paint or tag over a piece of art that is better than anything you are capable of creating. When going over someone make sure to cover their entire piece, emulsifying a background makes this fairly easy. To avoid any beef you might want to do a big up for them at the side of your piece.
  • Remember, in choosing a place for your art be smart, have morals, and have respect. Graffiti artists create, not destroy.
  • A few graffiti guidelines, don't tag places of business, places of worship (churches), schools or very important places ( mostly because of surveillance ).
  • Do your graffiti in legal places, such as some skate parks.
  • Respect, but do not pester those artists more skilled than yourself.
  • Over all be yourself in your art work. Plain and simple
  • Never include your first, last or middle names in your art.
  • Respiratory masks are useful when painting indoors or in confined spaces where the fumes will affect you.
  • Wear a bandana to hide your identity from hidden cameras.
  • Always make sure you do not make it easy to notice you are tagging.
  • Look on Amazon and search for DVDs on "Learn How to Do Graffiti", as these will help you very much, look for the DVDs with a step by step section on how to draw & paint your design.
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