To define it in simple words, graffiti is an art form used to express feelings and bring forth the current state of mind of the creator. The surface or base used in most cases, is a wall. The art flourished in Rome and Greece during ancient times. Decline in the use of this form of expression was observed when it was used only by gangsters to mark their importance and dominance over the rivals. However, it has started gaining popularity once again and many artists are experimenting a lot with the art. One can learn to draw graffiti letters with little bit of practice. Let us understand more about this art form.
Art of Graffiti Writing
The roots of graffiti can be traced back to the period of 30,000 BCE. These art works are included in the category of cave paintings/pictographs. The tools used in writing were animal bones and natural pigments. The contemporary culture of these prehistoric times gets reflected in pictographs. Hunting expeditions, festivals, and other events are depicted through the graffiti art works of this period. Today, graffiti is also used in the memory of a person or an event. To leave traces in wet cement so that the graffiti remains there permanently, is a common practice.
It is a kind of signature which acts as the identification of the creator of a particular art work. A tag, apart from being a signature, can be a sign or a visual design of an individual. The names encoded in tags have their meanings associated with or which arise from the typical local culture (including the slang words). Use of only a limited number of letters is the specialty of tag writing. One should however, understand that there is no specific/standard rule for tag writing; as stated above, the format/styles arise purely out of the local culture or the environment in which the artist has evolved.
Styles of Graffiti
The art of graffiti can be understood in a better manner if the person has a knowledge about the different styles that can be used. The different styles of graffiti are as follows: Chinese Graff style, Softy Letter style, Wiggles Bboy style, Puzzle style, Shadow style W 3D, and Flava Wildstyle.
The list of different graffiti writing fonts is presented below.
- Pilot Rase
- RaseOne Fat 3D
- RaseOne Outline
- Rase Basic
- RaseOne Original
- Fat Cap
- Human Rase
- New Digital
- Rase GPL
- Rase Tribals
Today's form of graffiti has an influence of b-boying and hip hop culture. Subways and railroads are common places where this style surfaced and flourished; it is also known as graffiti street art. Markers and spray paints are the tools commonly used for creating and styling graffiti art.
A device called palm pilot makes use of graffiti alphabets. The alphabets are easy to draw and most of them can be completed in a single stroke. These graffiti letters are however, relevant only to the device. The graffiti alphabets created by artists have many different forms. Many styles and designs are used in recreating these alphabets, as per the imagination and skills.
If you would, trying your hand at graffiti art might interest you since, the art form is not bound by any rules. If you do decide to start, try to first learn graffiti art. It is one of the best ways to express yourself.