If you are a creative individual who loves exploring new artforms, you will quickly fall in love with the art of graffiti. This expressive type of visual communication can exhibit itself in various forms like symbols, phrases, or even whole murals. However, this stylistic art form tends to be painted on walls and surfaces in an illegitimate manner, in other words, without permission from the public space, individual, or group. Despite graffiti’s troubled past, this artform is a great creative outlet for those who enjoy modern street art.
Although this type of art has a bad reputation, its stylistic qualities should still be explored at home. We’re not saying that you should start spray painting on the walls of your house, especially if you are a beginner, but you can buy some canvases and give it a go in the backyard. If you are uneasy about going straight for the spray can, see how you get on with some graffiti markers first. These are much easier to control and give you a similar effect as the spray cans. The best thing about these pens is that you can use them to practice in a sketchbook or even use them to make fun craft projects with your kids.
One of the most exciting parts of getting into graffiti is that you begin drawing inspiration from the work of others, but you end up developing your own unique sense of style. You might not get into the groove right away but once you master the basics, such as can control, letter structure, color theory and fills, you will be able to let your creativity flow. Start with finding a name that you can use as a tag, then play around with different ways of writing it and find your unique style. You can also try out stenciling techniques with your spray paint.
Some cities have really embraced the street style attitude and there are whole neighborhoods that are covered in this form of art. New York is probably the most famous place in the United States that shares a deep history with the art of graffiti. What began as an illegal and dangerous activity on the streets of the Bronx and Brooklyn, quickly became a focus in local galleries and museums. Similarly, cities like Berlin in Germany, Lisbon in Portugal, Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Bristol in the United Kingdom, have strong street art influences. These are great places to find inspiration and learn more about the political history of this artform.
Graffiti has definitely evolved into a respected artform and some artists even auction of their work for hundreds and thousands of dollars. If you are interested in getting involved with this creative outlet, make sure to do your research, gather inspiration, practice with your pens, and respect people’s property. If you are going to be using spray cans, we recommend investing in some canvases, gloves, and a respiratory mask to avoid inhaling any fumes in small spaces.