How To: Tag like a real graffiti artist

Tag like a real graffiti artist

Graffiti— do you have the guts to get out there and tag some property? There's a whole lot more than just spray paint involved. To be great, you'll need things like a sketchbook, pencils, pens, markers, spray can tips, latex gloves, legal (or illegal) wall, and most importantly… creativity. If you think you've got what it takes to be an urban graffiti artist, follow these steps to become da 'hood's next da Vinci.

Do not graffiti public or private property without obtaining permission.

Step 1: Talk like a writer
Master the lingo. A "writer" is a graffiti artist, a "king" or "queen" is a great writer, a "toy" is inexperienced, and a "crew" is a group who work together. A "tag" is a simple work of graffiti, a "throw-up" is more complicated, and a "piece" is a very complex work of graffiti.

Step 2: Develop lettering
The foundation for all graffiti art is tagging your nickname on a visible space. Develop a nickname and lettering style that are unique to you. The style you create can be used for your tags, throw-ups, and pieces.

Step 3: Start a black book
Start a black book, a hardcover sketchbook where you and other writers can develop ideas. Write tags, throw-ups and pieces in full color with pens, pencils, and markers.

Step 4: Practice spray-can techniques
Practice techniques by painting on a large piece of plywood in a well-ventilated area. Use a variety of spray-can tips to control spray-paint flow.

Step 5: Join a crew
Learn the ropes from a crew. A crew will admit you based on work they've seen in public or in your black book. Joining one can help improve your work and get you involved in group projects.

Step 6: Find legal walls
Find places to write on by searching for "legal walls" online. Cities around the world have established legal spots for writers to craft their masterpieces.

Step 7: Go out and tag
Go out and write! Express yourself as much as legally possible. With hard work and the help of a good crew, you'll go from toy to royalty in no time!

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