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HANDLING THE "BIG SECRET" OF GRAFFITI

Discussion in 'Third Rail' started by and now you choke, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. and now you choke

    and now you choke Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2001 Messages: 2,558 Likes Received: 0
    this is a question for the more serious of guys i guess...the ones who have been around for years and have gotten REALLY into painting at some point or another...but how well do you keep the fact that you do graffiti from others? how well do you hide it from the "normal" people? what do you tell people you're doing when you're actually out painting? i mean, what extents do you go to to cover it up and how much does it irritate you? how does it ever come up and when do you finally give in and explain it to someone who knows NOTHING about graffiti? it's something i've always wondered how other people handled. i find it really fucking annoying but absolutely necessary to keep the low profile. but...what's the deal huh?
     
  2. CATS

    CATS Senior Member

    Joined: May 30, 2001 Messages: 1,600 Likes Received: 0
    Most of my friends know, and I'll tell them when I go out usually to invitethem. However I have told people that are on a need to know basis that I was going to another friends house, I once told this girl I was going to another girls house. I didnt get to paint walls that night but I got to paint something else. So by all means try whatever you can. Its not like your superman with a secret clark kent by day identity:cool:
     
  3. Remy Martin

    Remy Martin Guest

    when talking to friends and family i trust i rarley go more than 2 subjects without mentioning painting..half cause i love it and half to irritate them and remind them that for almost the last ten years i have been writing my name all over diffrent kinds of other peoples shit...
    sometimes ill ask people if they mind if I write on things in front of them, if im feeling polite..otherwise i give em my best gangstar mug and write on somthing in front of them.
    last time i tried to have a discussion involving writing and painting on things with some one i just met. it ended with her telling me to go become a politician and i replied that i could accomplish what ever i would hope to as a politician by writing on things. also heard from my boy that was humping her that shes a brutal control freak? i mean how the fuck do you associate writing with the united states goverment on a similiar level of acheiving goals????
     
  4. usedtolove

    usedtolove Guest

    other writers know ...at least in the area..family knows..
    but i dont talk to starngers so...thats about it...the subject does not come up around those who dont already know about me.
     
  5. Are2

    Are2 Guest

    ..the important people in my life know..my parents, my best friend..

    i'm not going to tell or explain to anyone who doesn't already know a lot about me, and some about grafitti..low profile is the name of my game..

    the people that i work with don't know, i'll never tell them, same went when i was a student..

    telling someone that will have an unpredictable reaction is a bad move..mostly because i don't have the patience to answer all their questions, or give them a satisfactory explanation for why i do what i do..

    part of the thrill of grafitti is the anonymity..i don't wanna give it up..

    and sometimes, some stranger will know who you are and what you're about..no need to explain..pretty cool..
     
  6. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    i tell anyone that wants to know what im up to, but I do like to keep a low profile. So what i do is tell people that ask what im drawing that its graffiti and that it says orbet which was my old name. This way when people go out they never see anything by orbet and just think that im a big liar. Which is the truth when you think about it but whatever. No one is the wiser. Plus this way if some one eventualy wants or feels the need to rat you out due to moral obligations or what have you...There wont be any evidence linked back to you.

    Shout me a holler dunny
     
  7. Remy Martin

    Remy Martin Guest

    true..
    anonymity is a key part..
    but i love hitting up shit in front of people that arent expecting it.
    especially when nicley dressed.
     
  8. boogie hands

    boogie hands 12oz Legend

    Joined: Feb 15, 2001 Messages: 16,059 Likes Received: 13
    well....parents and girlfriends....those are really the only people that need to know, parents because their your parents and you could tell them you had a barrel of dead babies in your basement and they would still kiss you on the way out the door and your girlfriend because if you lie to her about where your creeping off to at 2 am she might think your cheating on her and youll wind up with your penis glued to your stomach....
     
  9. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    my family, my girl and my best friends know.
    thats it. sometimes i want to scream in someone's
    face when they start in about graffiti, but don't
    know that i do it...but...i keep to myself at all
    costs and avoid just about everyone as far as writing
    is concerned. people don't need to know. its a existential, solo thing. i meet
    writers when i'm buying paint and they say 'yo dun,
    you write?'...usually i play dumb.
    *cue signature*
     
  10. seven.13

    seven.13 Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 5, 2000 Messages: 3,572 Likes Received: 19
    like are2 said....

    i dont have the patience or energy to explain.
    it sounds dumb anyways.
     
  11. Remy Martin

    Remy Martin Guest

    but now that i think about it...all my friends are either writers or exwriters. so its cool talking about it..in fact its most of what we talk about.
    my girl used to write so she understands. my fams is shady so graff aint nothing really..other than it puts me in criminal classification with the rest of the black sheeps
    allthough yeah im guilty..i blew my self up..and got a really high level job and got a fat background check so i told em i had graffiti convictions cause i didnt want em to think i was trying to hide.
    buy yeah Are2 and Ink Lunatic are on point.
    when i got into it with home girl i was mad hyped at going out and she started it..plus i think she knew about writing, since she got the hint at what me and myboy were doing..what was her qoute? sarcastic tone "are you guys writers" plus shes trustworthy..


    godamn espresso fucks me up.

    im shutting up now
     
  12. sectorTVA

    sectorTVA Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 8, 2000 Messages: 1,272 Likes Received: 1
    when im flippin through a graf magazine at lunch, or getting down on some sketching in class, and people ask, " hey, do you do that on walls??" i mumble no very softly, so they can barely hear me, i dont even give them eye contact, i just continue along looking at the magazine or sketching, the next thing they normally say is, "thats really cool", i respond by saying nothing and continuing doing my buisness, if they ask me another question or make another comment, i put up what im doing and give them a mean stare...they should get the point to fuck off...its probably why i dont make any many friends here...but i take graf to the heart, and if all they are going to do is ask me stupid questions about graffiti and make lame comments, ill treat them like theyre nobody...my family knows, and my good friends know, but thats it.
     
  13. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    my family knows.. but have no idea the extent of how much i do, and think i mostly do legals. and the kids i paint w/... even when i meet another writer, or a chick that jocks writers, i deny it.
     
  14. SOZER

    SOZER Member

    Joined: May 20, 2001 Messages: 418 Likes Received: 0
    yeah...

    exactly...that was my high school years...many a hard stare and whatnot but people think/know im antisocial anyway so what-the-fuck-ever.

    my family "knows", but theyre in denial or something.

    nsk
     
  15. Zack Morris

    Zack Morris Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2001 Messages: 9,728 Likes Received: 4
    so you painted a freight that night?
     
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