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SAY IT WITH COLOURS A handful of young graffiti artists are making their presence felt in Kolkata.CT chats them up

  These youngsters are literally painting the town red.And how! Armed with a handful of spray paint cans and tonnes of creativity,they are adding life to dead,dull walls in the city.Says Reevu Wangdi,aka Skip,30,who fell for the art form in Sydney five years back,After I came back to Kolkata,I met many boys and girls interested in graffiti.But they werent coming out and doing it.We got together,and one thing led to another.Kolkata is a great place for graffiti,given its narrow bylanes and the old-world feel.People here are also very cooperative. Reevu,who has been spearheading the movement since his return,explained why every graffiti artist in the city uses an alias.We dont want to be famous.We want to floor people with our work.We just do it for the love of art, he said.Remille Bargi,another popular graffiti artist in town,said,Last year,I saw a person doing graffiti on a wall and got inspired.I approached him and he told me to start with sketches.I still make sketches every day! Then one day,I got enough confidence and painted my first graffiti on a wall near Calcutta Boys School. The 19-year-old girl,who is a member of the graffiti group,Big Bong Theory,gets the full support of her parents,who were more than happy when she decided to use her graffiti skills on the walls of her room.Maybe this was because my father is a graphic artist himself, she said.Remille,who calls graffiti artist Samhita Chakraborty her inspiration,also plans to take up the art professionally.She is moving to Mumbai next year to take up fine arts as a subject of higher studies.But theres another facet to the art thats not as colourful sustenance.Missy Lyndem,20,a student of Asutosh College and a member of the group,Zypher,said,All of us used to practise different forms of art,but decided to come together under one group.My first piece was at my place,thanks to my supportive parents.When we started out,we had to pay from our own pockets.Now people call us home to decorate their walls and thats how we sometimes recover our costs. Her friends Justin Rozario,20,and Sahil Haque,23,among others,are also in her group.

Asked if Kolkatans are encouraging enough,Missy says,Sometimes people are encouraging and compliment us on the colourful artwork.But some also come and ask that Yeh sab kar ke kya milega which is a little disheartening. 
Asked about their approach,she said,Though graffiti initially started as a way of spreading a certain message in society,we dont do exclusive message graffiti.We sometimes just paint our crew name because being new to the scene,we want to make a mark.We also paint cartoon characters like Sonic and the Transformers. As for motivation,she said,Its a great feeling to beautify dirty walls.The very spots used for spitting and urinating can be turned into art,which everybody stops to click a picture of. Missy added that her favourite haunts are Park Street and Sudder Street.

(L-R ) Reevu,Rohit & Aakash have a blast making a graffiti at Jadavpur 

Most artists in the city started early.B-Hive and twin brother D$C,both 20,of K-Krew (short for Kolkata-Krew ) recount their first artwork.Back in Class VIII,we and our friends painted our first mural,inspired from the huge silver/white bubbles we saw in the video of a then popular rap song This is why Im hot.The video had a huge impact on our impressionable minds.Having no clue where to get aerosols,we used shoe brushes and acrylic colours, said the third-year students.Now,most of the artists buy their spray cans online,they added.
The two have since represented the city abroad in an international hip hop event.That moment is unforgettable when we painted K-Krew in neo-Brahmic Bangla letters in Thailand alongside popular graphic artist Mister Bows! said B-Hive.
Rohit Chowdhury aka Shock,19,who represents Tavort Wid Kreativity and Big Bong Theory,said,I started graffiti after attending a workshop last year by Sam Sam a graffiti artist from Kolkata,based in Delhi and learnt how to use spray cans.After that I met another Delhi-based artist,Zine,who jammed in Kolkata. And what motivates him Its a good way to express your creativity.And it helps me show my skills to the world, he said.
The young brigade of graffiti artists isnt just limiting themselves to dirtied walls.In fact,they have even painted a wall of the German consulate.Way to go,we say! Stuti Agarwal 
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Before you start,make sure you have an artistic bent of mind.Then make sure you practise a lot on paper before moving to a wall.Whenever you think youre ready,follow these basic steps: Step 1: Scout for an empty wall Step 2: Ideate and make sketches on paper Step 3: Prep up the wall with a primer Step 4: Add strainers to it for your desired background colour Step 5: Once it dries,make an outline with a light-coloured spray Step 6: Move to fillings.It can be done with both primer stainer or 
spray cans.Kolkata artists mostly use primer because it 
is cheaper Step 7: Once the filling dries,again move to the outline,which is 
always done with a spray can Step 8: Do the necessary detailing with spray cans.Use 
different caps or nozzles for outline and detailing




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Some of the graffiti work (also right) adorning city walls 

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