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Graffiti Art -Tags,Throw-ups,Pieces+Productions

Posted Feb 19, '09 at 6:44pm

FireflyIV

FireflyIV

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I love graffiti and have done my whole life, so here's a thread about it.

Tagging is the calligraphic writing of one's name or alias. It is generally regarded as the earliest form of graffiti. No outline involved in the leter forms. Generally the fewer the syllables the better. Taggers write their own name/crew name. Some go for clarity, others let the can drip on purpose='drippers'.

Throw-ups consist of single letter outlines, executed at speed, sometimes just a single stroke and filled in with a solitary colour. There are tons of styles out there, most frequent is the 'bubble style' ie round forms.Block lettering from a can or with rollers or 'block busters' are in this category. Images eg faces/figures can be throw ups too.

Pieces are, in a nutshell, more detailed versions of throw ups. Very personal to the writers usually using modified letterforms of some kind. Can be done in 'wildstyle' - staright lettering, as in 70s NYC writers, but are seldom used nowadays.

Productions are pieces or a series of pieces tied together with a common background background. Often written by crews.

Here's an example of all of the above.

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8025/graffitiexamplesresizedvq3.jpg

(Footnote: Pieces and Productions are generally coloured in((but not always)), but due to laziness issues they remain in black and white.)

 

Posted Feb 20, '09 at 7:56am

FireflyIV

FireflyIV

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Here's throw up and a piece, enjoy:

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/6809/drresizedcb0.jpg

 

Posted Feb 20, '09 at 9:01pm

FireflyIV

FireflyIV

3,302 posts

Heres a piece. I saw the new batman recently. The one with Heath Ledger. I thought it was a good performance, but not Oscar worthy, I dunno what all these facebook groups are about. Anyway....

I was inspired to draw an evil clown so here it is. (It's a piece by the way).

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/8626/evilclownresized.jpg

 

Posted Feb 20, '09 at 10:49pm

dacer

dacer

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http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm164/dacerx/tag.jpg

its way better when i tag it up on a wall or a mailbox.. i aint so good with a mouse..

btw it says "cybermek" if you cant read tags.

 

Posted Feb 21, '09 at 4:31am

FireflyIV

FireflyIV

3,302 posts

its way better when i tag it up on a wall or a mailbox.. i aint so good with a mouse..


Mmmm. Generally I try to stay away from software like GIMP and MS. I ahven't a clue how to use it, plus, it's difficult to create the effects you want.
 

Posted Feb 21, '09 at 9:42am

dacer

dacer

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indeed, its really hard to draw with the mouse, yet people make sick pictures stilll...

 

Posted Feb 21, '09 at 10:10am

FireflyIV

FireflyIV

3,302 posts

indeed, its really hard to draw with the mouse, yet people make sick pictures stilll...


I find it very hard to sketch stuff too, although it can be useful before you go to a wall to have an idea, although I usually leave out the fill til I get there.

What do you use paint wise?
 

Posted Feb 21, '09 at 5:28pm

FireflyIV

FireflyIV

3,302 posts

Anywho, I decided to make a penguin rhino hybrid (inspired by the art contest), but it ended up looking far more like a fish than a penguin. So anyway here is my exotic rhinofish. Enjoy.(again another piece)

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/3843/rhinofishresized.jpg

 

Posted Feb 22, '09 at 1:59pm

dacer

dacer

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lol nice penguin rhino, it will own the artic seas.

 

Posted Feb 22, '09 at 2:02pm

FireflyIV

FireflyIV

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Lol cheers. Although as it is half rhino-, I kinda figured I would make it a tropical fish, hence the bright colours. Plus its just more fun to put colour into pieces. I generally try to stay away from silvers. Some people swear by them, and they can look cool in an old school NYC kind of way but generally I prefer to fill pieces with colour.

 
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