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  1. Dude, you don't even know what kind of area I write in. I know my idea wouldn't work in a big city, but I dont live in a big city. If I didnt try to make myself look different, everyone who saw me would know who I was. And what's conspicuous about an orange hat or glasses?
  2. Thanks, sake29. Yeah, I knew the email would piss of people on either end of the spectrum. I'm glad you guys all have your own opinions and shit... but I really don't care. Criticize or agree, I'll say and think however I want. I haven't check me email yet, but I will to see if they replied. The main reason I did this was to see if they'd put a half-intelligent email on their site instead of the other emails they get like "garfitti wont die!!1"
  3. Yeah, God forbid someone take pride in their art form.
  4. For what reason? Can't a writer get a job just as easily as anyone else? I mean, I could understand if you had a criminal record or something, you might not get the job...
  5. Actually, they used the expression on their site. if they hadn't have, I wouldn't have said it. But I understand the concern. Using slang near anti-graffitists usually creates confusion.
  6. You may have to check the site in order to fully understand what I'm saying... but it's pretty straightforward.
  7. This was an email I sent to an anti-graff website. I know it probably won't change their minds... and it'll probably get me haters from here, with some of the shit I say... but I had to say something. Dear sir or ma'am, Your website portrays both graffiti art and artists in an extremely negative way. You have called us artists thieves, vandals, and every other terrible thing you can think of, without focusing on what is actually true. You seem to have the biased assumption that all writers tag on houses, cars, and other personal property, or that graffiti promotes hatred and violence and other negative things, but you're entirely wrong! A true graffiti artist can stick to these rules; 1) don't write on homes, places of worship, cars, apartments, or small stores; 2) buy your equipment; 3) don't use offensive or terroristic words or symbols ; 4) don't let your crew become a gang. Also, I would like to make note of your "five good reasons to steer your children from graffiti: 1) Danger. Yes, climbing to a heaven spot is dangerous. Yes, wandering around train yards at night is dangerous. But everything can be potentially life threatening in this world! Cross the street too quickly, you get hit by a car; lean out a window, you could fall; flick a light switch, you could cause a short circuit; fill up your gas tank, you can start a fire. At least writers (most of us) aren't doing what others do at that time of night; dealing crack, getting in gang fights, setting fire to houses.... 2) Criminal records. Yes, doing graffiti can get you a criminal record. But that's only because our art is being undermined as petty vandalism. And as for those who "rack" paint, they deserve to be sent to jail. I, as well as many other conscious writers, denounce the act of stealing. Any writer can go get a job and buy all the paint they need. 3) Antisocial values. Not all writers are like the idiots you find on some generic graff forum. All you're doing in this case is judging all of us wrongly because of a few idiots who make graff look bad. Besides, a lot of writers have all four of those characteristics you mentioned: - respect is shown by the way a true writer refrains from tagging a house or car, and instead opts for a place no-one has to look at (an alley, a skatepark, a rooftop); - honesty can be conveyed in the emotion of a mural, as it can take a lot of guts to do art that shows what you are truly feeling, and don't try to say that we're dishonest because we won't admit to doing graff... the can't say that we do graff, because then we'll get pigeonholed the way we do on your website. - caring is shown in the same way as respect. Caring and respect are essentially the same; if you care for someone, you will respect them. - responsibility is shown in this way: most graffiti artists, when caught, will simply admit to what they've done, or make little effort to escape (unless they think they're invincible... but that's a whole different type of graffer) 4) Financial loss Wrong again. Who the hell would spend that much money on attornies when you could just take the blame and move on? And as for the retribution fees... that wouldn't happen if graffiti would just be made legal. So blame the courts for that, not the kids. 5) Addiction What better to be addicted to?! Are you saying that switching from cocaine to art is a bad thing? That is a true display of artistic passion, when you give up on such an addictive drug because you're having so much fun with your art form. As for the other half-literates who say they have "real low" self-esteem... that's probably either because 1) people like yourself make them feel terrible about themselves, or 2) because they already had some kind of emotional, familial or social trauma. Getting caught up in gang activity is not the norm for a true artist. And the same goes for the suicidal tagger... some of the most seemingly happy people in the world have commited suicide. You can't blame graffiti for suicide, don't be so narrowminded. Another note must be made on your "sentiments of graffiti victims". The woman who is 30 is obviously a nitwit. When you see graffiti, don't assume "gang violence". Assume "art"! The 9-year old hockey player's father is obviously retarded. You can't drive your car because there's paint on the side? Drive your kid to the goddamn game, and then clean it later. Besides, that's not a graffiti artists work, as I mentioned earlier. The people in their 40's who created art studios are true victims. Real taggers don't hit the fronts of buildings, they hit the backs and the alleys, where it doesn't matter or affect the image of the buidling. Again, with the elderly couple, the act was not graffiti art. With the high-school student, you did not specify where the graffiti was. It could have been in an alley, where it belongs (and is not destroying the community), or it could be on someone's minivan. Specific details are necessary. As for the volunteer, I don't quite understand what he is talking about. Graffiti does display an aesthetic and an emotion; that's all it is about! The aesthetic beauty lies in both the style the word is written in, as well as the sound of the word. The full impact can be felt when you look at a well-styled tag or other piece of graffiti, and then utter the sound. "Akos". "ItsMe!". "Nova." The emotion is left up to the viewer, in most cases. If anger is the emotion it brings upon you, perhaps you are just an angry person. With most people, when they pass by graffiti, they pay no mind. If you were to say anything to those people as they pass you by, they would probably, once again, pay no mind, as that is their nature. And, with a content individual, a glance at a tag followed by an utter can leave one feeling mysteriously more content. Graffiti usually emphasizes what you normally feel inside. As a writer, I am offended by the content of your website. Let it be known that graffiti is not the action of antisocials, anarchists or hate-bringers. Graffiti is the art of the streets. It creates beauty on normally ugly urban settings. As was said by another graffiti artist: "Blank walls equal blank minds" - NOVA of the 3-DOT CREW... 902
  8. I either don't write it, or do it fast. I've only not finished something once, and it's because my marker dried up.
  9. ItsMe is sweet. Akos, too. THiNK is pretty good. One of my friends writes Rift, which is pretty kickass.
  10. I've found a few cans with a bit of paint left in them, perfectly intact clothes I can use as a disguise, hockey helmets, the coin-taking mechanism for a vending machine... two of my pals found two cans of paint that were almost full.
  11. My main practice used to be trying to make extremely permanent tags in bathrooms... I ended up opening the toilet paper dispensers and tagging the insides, or even the toilet paper itself. I also tagged the floor a lot, because the janitors in the building were old and couldn't be bothered to bend down. I've climbed local schools and hit the tops of'em... hit trucks sitting outside of restaurants, rooftops downtown in the daytime, alleys near people's houses in daytime.
  12. BS: BombSquad IWA: Island-Wide Assassins Then there's 3DC: 3-Dot Crew... but that's my crew, and we're still pretty toyish.
  13. I write in a small town too, Charlotetown PEI. The best advice I have, fellow small-towner, is this: In daylight, only use markers and stickers in fairly hidden spots... behind abandoned buildings, roads no-one drives on, schools (during summer vacation).... You can use paint in daylight in extremely safe spots, but be careful. Most in-the-open stuff should be done at around 2am. Try to come up with a simple disguise, since in small towns people know everyone. I wear an orange hat, nerd glasses with no lenses, and a red and white hankerchief. The key is to hide your hair, forehead, eyebrows, nose and mouth. Just keep your eyes and cheeks visisble, and you're good. The main thing is to make sure no-one knows you're interested in graf at all. The only people who should know are other writers who you know you can trust. Also, learn to be silent and sneaky. Even though I'm in a small town, I've still painting on rooftops and in alleys in broad daylight. Keep yourself up, and spray it safe.
  14. These seem to the the local trends, in no order - Starting your tag with either S or R - When using S or R, imitating either the S in BombSquad, or the R in Royce. - Shitty Sharpie throwies - Writing "Eat Shit" over good throwies - 2-letter, 2-color throwies (although understandable, because PEI is a shitty/dangerous place to try anything complicated)
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