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Learn how to draw with the drawing lessons in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Hardcover sketchbook
- Spray paint
- Spray-can tips
- Latex gloves
- Paint respirator
- Legal wall
- Stickers (optional)
- Fire extinguisher (optional)
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.
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.
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. Contribute to other writers' black books, too.
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. Consider wearing gloves and a respirator anytime you use spray paint.
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.
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.
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!