Slide6What is graffiti? A Work Of Art Or Vandalism? Graffiti represents an art form that is unrestricted, one that rebels against conventional forms of artwork. Graffiti is intertwined into human history, dating back to the Roman Empire. They made political statements and satirize current events.
Slide9•Graffiti is a type of deliberate marking on property, both private and public.
Slide12A BRIEF HISTORY The American History of Graffiti From subway to gallery
Slide11Keith Haring Chalk drawings in the subways of New York.
Slide10Keith Haring was an artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s. vHaring achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York. vThese were his first recognized pieces of pop art. His bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures carry strong messages of life and unity. Keith Haring
Slide24Let’s look at some basic categories of lettering techniques.
Slide26LETTERING TECHNIQUES Not only are there different types of graffiti; there are also plenty of different lettering styles used by graffiti writers. Many of them were designed by graffiti writers in the beginning years of urban graffiti, in the 1970s and 1980s. They’ve been imitated, expanded on, adapted and changed by graffiti artists all over the world.
Slide28Bubble Letters A lot of graffiti lettering is done with bubble letters. Bubble letters can take many different forms, but basically they are fat rounded letters, with or without a differently-colored outline, usually overlapping each other. They’re normally easy to read and don’t have too many stylistic flourishes.
Slide29Block Letters Block letters are basically the same as bubble, but without the fat rounded appearance. Shadow letters are commonly found on throw-ups and in more complicated pieces. They use either block letters or bubble letters and feature a shadow behind each letter, making the lettering appear slightly 3D.
Slide30Wild Style It’s hard to classify most types of graffiti lettering. The styles develop organically, with only loose foundations. Lettering styles can sometimes be traced back to the person who originally developed them. Such is the case with Wildstyle, which was first thought up and practiced by Tracy 168 and Stay High 149 in New York. Wild style graffiti is complex and often difficult to read for people who aren’t familiar with graffiti lettering. The style has taken off all over the world and has evolved as it’s been passed from continent to continent.
Slide31Calligraffiti Calligraffiti is a combination of calligraphy and graffiti invented by Amsterdam graffiti artist Shoe. It’s a somewhat stylized but still easy-to-read lettering style. It brings together the best parts of calligraphy and graffiti by putting beautiful and artful letters into an urban setting.