Giving an introduction to graffiti here bringing out a brief history and it’s importance to our nature. The start of it may be surprising to most as cavemen were the first graffiti writers, something done in their free time aside from hunting and surviving in their environment.
There are good reasons and bad reasons to everything and graffiti is a most definite important example as info on it being used during a dark and gloomy time in the world in the involvement of Nazi’s and their concentration camps.
There are good reasons and bad reasons to everything and graffiti is a most definite. If one would feel a certain way about their government they would do so with artistic expression.
The above are items always carried by a graffiti artist no matter where they go, they most likely have these accessories with them. Seeing an open wall somewhere at the right spot and time they will stop to put up their art, in hopes many people will see it.
Bubble Letters: All lower case, use three different colors for outline, the glow around the letters, and the fill, but casing doesn’t exactly matter if an artist is going for their own style. The first letter would be placed in the front
The importance of the name means everything, if I were to pick an evil name many wouldn’t want to to even see my art. Something funny and playful will get me more attention, just as I planned. Scape’s name recently was escape, by shortening it made it shorter and easier to put together.
A person’s real name is important, but in art it’s much more than a name. It’s the meaning that describes the artists in however way they please. There are an unknown amount of graffiti artists in the world, thinking wisely on one is the best choice than to just choose. The easiest way is to make a non realistic word so it’s very unlikely that someone already had that same idea. I know because I tried using a name and then found out it to be taken
Making it special and individual is the key.
“An image speaks a universal language, to any person of any age or ethnicity” by Above”. This can become bigger than the conventional use of graffiti today as simpler things draw more attention at times. A concrete example is Picasso, as his artistic ability evolved, eventually becoming better than his father at the age of sixteen that led to his father to give up painting, Picasso became better until nobody was able to teach him. Difficulty became a thing of the usual that led to his paintings becoming abstract and describe the world through his eyes.
It may be weird, but it’s worth it asking than to risk getting in trouble with the law. Becoming well known is key but, just as important is that one must
A clean surface for anything related to art is important whether it’s drawing, or painting you wouldn’t want dirt on your artwork in any way.
Typography is something that is seen everyday, the letters being used at this moment are sans serif, which means basically without feet.
An idea that is already drawn out in a blackbook is perfect, and the only way to go. Picking up a spray can is a set up for disaster, that will frustrate you when encountering problems due to this. May encounter jagged lines, the wrong combination of colors, not big enough, too small and no longer exciting.A few one can encounter is: Jagged lines, wrong colors, idea no longer exciting, too small, too big, time consuming, no idea, etc.I encounter this when I try to touch my pencil/color pencil to paper and draw .
This form of graffiti will take one some time to make it look great, and not so much the look of it being done by a novice. An already put together puzzle, yet it’s hard to read with it’s many lines, points and swirls. Arrows will vary by coming out of letters in any way you please hence the name wildstyle.
Lines mean everything in this style. Keeping the lines as linear as possible are the point of block letters. Difficulty compared to bubbles is a small amount harder since instead of being encouraged to go in circles straightness is necessary. Consistency also is important as it functions to show the parallel lines well. An S however you start it out must end in the same way. If the beginning of an S is pointed in the ending of it must do so as well.
Fat Cap: Can be used for big outlines in semi wild style, or your own need of itOutline Cap: Use to create a nice outline. Not as thin as the skinny capSkinny: Use for minute detail in 3-D wild style for the lines that go across the dimensional regions of the piece.There are plenty of other uses one can find that don’t adhere to what I have said and that is completely fine. There are many different types of caps than just the few I listed, the rest are in the categories above but with different names and details to them.
Starting out locally in the 1970’s in New York, he sold drugs, did graffiti, and used the legit job of being an electronic helper to provide for his two children, and at the age of sixteen. An auction house (Christie’s) asked him to enter three designs he had. When realization struck him that he could do this for a living, he went out and began doing so, also to pay off his countless court fee’s involving graffiti. Since then he has traveled around the world for showcases and these include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Germany Holland, Italy and Spain are a few.
Bask was born in the czech republic, him and his family escaped the country due to communism at the age of eight. This has shaped his graffiti, his saying “ Bask in your thought crime” shows this in a way with a grenade next to his statement
Graffiti<br />By: Khari Cooper<br />
Theisis<br />Graffiti despite it’s roots of vandalism is a way of expression just as any other art form, skill, and for the street artists to be able to place it out for it to be erased.<br />
Start of Graffiti<br />Branched from the Italian word sgraffio which definition is “scratch”. <br />Graffiti is created by markers, cans, rollers, and stencils. <br />Centuries ago colored powder blown through hollow bones as the first spray technique by cavemen.<br />15,000 B.C. in the Lascaux Caves is an example of graffiti’s age. Ganz, Nicholas 8 http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/lascaux-caves<br />
Graffiti in Earlier Years<br />In Pompeii graffiti was an everyday activity<br />“Nazi used writing on walls for their propaganda machines” Ganz, Nicholas 8<br />The biggest part of graffiti was it’s involvement with politics and more on how one would view certain subjects.<br />
Reasons One Turns to Graffiti (Political)<br />View on politics, industries, and or a general statement. <br />To become famous<br />Let their creativity show<br />To Influence others, and help the growth of graffiti.<br />
Reason One Turns to Graffiti (Cont’d)<br />The White Rose: Germans who disagreed with Hitler and used graffiti to show how they feel. Ganz, Nicholas 8<br />Stencil graffiti used during the student revolts in France, a step down from where we are today. <br />gvgvv<br />
Modern Day Graff<br />Cornbread and Cool Earl are the origniators credited for the first graffiti artists in the U.S.A.<br />Aside from political views, basically it’s used to become known.<br />Because they put up their names all around Philadelphia, it passed on to New York. Martinez, Scape 8<br /> “Martinez, Scape 8”<br />
Evolving<br />“As graffiti became more and more popular and more visible, writers created new styles”<br />Improved other writers handstyles and made it their own.<br />At this point, there were pieces, which included different colors bringing some designs in it as well.<br /> “Martinez, Scape 8”<br />
A Writer’s Arsenal<br />The first thing you will need is a “black book”, this helps you when you need a reference to go off and do pieces. <br />After the book is purchased then comes pencils, thick tip markers, and sharpeners, to enable you to work on the color of your pieces.<br />
Different Caps for Cans<br />Different caps with bigger holes in diameter help with outlines, fills, and details.<br />Some for example are: fat cap, skinny, and outline.<br />The rest are expanded versions of the each I listed being bigger or smaller.<br />
Can Control<br />Can control is the spray paint can move your wrist and arms to create what you have on paper.<br />Continuing the flow of paint and having the lines go as you want it will take time.<br />Stopping and starting each line will leave mistakes which you have to go back and fix.<br />
Types of Pieces<br />Range <br /> Bubble letters <br />Block<br />Semi Wildstyle<br />Wildstyle<br />3-D wildstyle<br />Getting the styles down will take time. <br />Wildstyle<br />Bubble Letters<br />
Most Importantly, A Name<br />Something one would like to go by, easy on the ears, and not too long. <br />Examples would be “Cope 2”, Seen, Scape, Cool Earl, and Cornbread. <br />Each of these names are easy on the ears and nonviolent.<br />Any thing can be one’s name, and not always something that is an actual word.<br />Manco<br />
Most Importantly a Name (Cont’d)<br />Grammar doesn’t apply<br />Look up name to see if it’s taken<br />
Differentiating Letters<br />Taking the alphabet and making it whatever a mind is ok with graffiti.<br /><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to try different marks and symbols
Never should be the same as </li></ul> Martinez<br />
Making The Best Of Your Name<br />Surrounding designs makes your name pop. a l Crowns,<br /> asterisks, <br />swirls,<br /> flourishes, etc.<br />
As It Evolves<br />Images without the use of words.<br />Easily understood for all people regardless of language difference.<br />
Writers in Later Years<br />Often they stay in the art field, and some become graphic designers, photographers, etc.<br />Binho: Latin American writer, published a graffiti magazine, and a clothing line.<br />
Legal Graffiti<br />Ask a store owner or a building <br />In one’s own home is better, the surface of each is very important as well.<br /> Graffiti has a reputation of putting it’s artists in jails.<br />The Philadelphia mural project has influence on graffiti artists<br />
The Good and the Bad Walls<br />Grid walls are best for sizing<br />The sticky, pointy walls (usually cream) holds paint well<br />Brick can also do the trick, without buffing it’s no good<br />Scape Martinez<br />
Creating Handstyles<br />Knowledge of typography would help greatly.<br />I for instance know about ascenders, descenders, serif fonts, and sans serif fonts.<br />The way I would warp letters are up to me but a constant regularities is a must<br />Scape Martinez<br />
Artists<br />Random began off using the spray can and began seeing the pointless effort of it being erased.<br />
From Paper to Wall<br />Drawn out idea in blackbook<br />Makes it easier to deal with problems<br />
Wildstyle<br />Meant to be very difficult to read for non graffiti artists<br />Many colors that are discombobulating .<br />Unlike the a “throw up”, bubble, or block piece, it will take significantly longer.<br />
Block Letters<br />Capital letters, readable, and straight<br />Connects as well as overtop of next letter<br />Outer layer of letters, glow and inside color<br />
Cope2<br />Fernando Carlo<br />Well known New York Graffiti artist<br />Graffiti artists are aware of his bubble letters<br />Turned away from the illegal side <br />Making nice amounts of money<br />Art in galleries go for at least $1000.00<br />
Bask<br />Bask (post graffiti): Work has either a political or social feel all the time. <br />
Conclusion<br />The younger form of art that’s called graffiti is difficult, a hard path to go down and an art form no matter what one may say. If looking at it’s materials used, thought processes and the colors used, it shows depth of knowledge of art and a style which was created by one person and may influence hundreds of others.<br />
Work Cited<br />http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/lascaux-caves<br />Ganz, Nicolas. Graffiti World. Ed. Tristan Manco. New York: Abrams, 2004. Print<br />Manco, Tristan. Street Logos. New York, New York: Thames & Hudson Inchttp://<br />http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/jul2005/sb20050718_049224.htm, 2004.<br />