All You Need To Know About Graffiti Art

"Graffiti" has been applied in art history to work of art to be produced by scratching a design into a surface. Graffiti is an art of writing or drawings that have been scribbled or painted, amazingly on a wall or other surface. It is done often within public view. Graffiti can also be analyzed according to the elements of lines, color, and structures that are present in the work.

Other names of Graffiti art are –
  • Street Art
  • Spraycan Art
  • Aerosol Art
  • Subway Art
Graffiti basically refers to imaginary decoration applied by paint or other means to buildings, public transport or other property

Its Origin –

Graffiti has been found on ancient, Egyptian monuments. So, the origins of graffiti go back to the beginnings of human, societal living. Graffiti is the plural form of the Italian word grafficar. Grafficar indicates drawings, markings, patterns, scribbles, or messages that are painted, written, or carved on a wall or surface.

Famous Graffiti Artists –

Lee -   His amazingly inspiring pieces have given him the title of the most influential graffiti artist ever. Lee painted whole cars. He showed the world what was possible in terms of artistic ability.

Blade - Blade is known for the great experimental concepts of his whole case and the sheer quantity of trains he has painted. We can clearly see in his work that his inspiration truly came from within.

Seen – He is known as ‘the Godfather of Graffiti’. Seen has used various mediums throughout his career, including canvas, 3D sculpture and tattoos.

Revok - Revok has painted Los Angeles consistently since 1991, and as a consequence has received a lot of negative attention from the city’s Sheriff’s Department but still he continued his artistic work with full passion.

How to do Graffiti Art -
Tagging -     It refers to the tag or signature of a surface. Refer to the simple act of applying a "tag" or signature to a surface. These tags can be calligraphic in appearance. It can be complex in contents also.

Throw–up –   There is limit of colors in this technique, no more than two or three colors. This one is larger than a "tag" and painted very rapidly.

Stencil graffiti -   Rapid creation of complex shapes using cut outs.

Top-to-bottoms - It became popular among New York subway graffiti artists    during the 1970s. This type of graffiti art can cover an entire subway car.

Roller -   Often performed with a paint-roller and executed simply to cover a large area in order to stop other graffiti sprayers from painting on the same wall.

Wild Style -   It is basically marked by interlocking letters and connecting points. It can create a more complex "tag" or image.

A quote which perfectly describes the graffiti art is - “Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”


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