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How To Tag Like a Real Graffiti Artist

Watch more How to Draw for Beginners videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to tag like a pro with these simple tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning 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. Tip Use your influences. Look to anything from album covers to comics to consumer products for inspiration. 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. Contribute to other writers' black books, too. 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. Consider wearing gloves and a respirator anytime you use spray paint. Tip Experiment with tagging techniques that don't involve traditional spray paint like putting up stickers, using fire extinguishers filled with paint, and etching on glass. 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. Tip Take time to learn the etiquette of tagging, like which tags can and can't be written over. 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! Did You Know? Tagging was popularized in part by a 1971 _New York Times article_ about the graffiti artist Taki 183.
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