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Graffiti is all about handwriting and calligraphy. Calligraphy is defined as the art of writing. In fact, graffiti artists call themselves

writers. Before you can learn to draw the big, fancy wildstyle letters, you have to learn to write, and that means you need to create

your own tag. Tags are those scribbles you see all over mailboxes and lamp posts. Of course we are not suggesting that you write

a tag on anything but paper - we are talking about tagging as an artform only. In the 1970's, the insides of New York City subway

trains were absolutely covered with tags, layers upon layers. It was crazy! This iconic photograph of Lady Pink by Martha Cooper

from the 1982 book "Subway Art" pretty much sums up what the city looked like back then. It's a beautiful picture. That was the

situation in those days. Subway riders were pretty upset and the mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, went to war with the graffiti

taggers and cleaned the trains. So now-a-days the trains don't have any tags, but you can still see plenty of them on the internet

and in graffiti art books! Our book Why Write When You Can Tag has an excellent collection of authentic tags from the East Coast.

Writers spend endless amounts of time and materials mastering their tags, and some tags really are works of art, like a carefully

rendered Chinese character. So what exactly is a tag? A tag is simply a signature. It is some form of nickname that can be anything,

a word that you like, your initials, letters and numbers, a secret code, or even a symbol. In a tag alphabet, letters tend to bend or

lean over to one side and are full of motion. They can be curvy, square, or angular. You can find many examples of tag letters (or

fonts) on the internet. There are hundreds of different styles. What's really great is that you can type your name into a sample text

box or preview box on some of these websites and see your name written in graffiti tag style letters instantly for free. It's so easy.

All of the websites below have sample boxes you can try, with graffiti fonts you can buy or free fonts you can download to your

Now, copy your starting point drawing on a fresh sheet of paper. Write it big. Get yourself a stack of cheap, white copy paper

and write it again. And again and again. You can even trace it in the beginning if you feel more comfortable. Put an empty box

by your table and toss in the used pages. Try writing it different ways. Make big curvy loops. Make the letters sharp and

angular. Make them square and boxy. Add an arrow underneath or at the end of a letter. You can mix up capitol and small

letters. Experiment! No one ever has to see your working sketches anyway. Draw a star or a heart as a dot for the letter "i",

or add an eye inside a letter. Try making one letter into an object, like a flower. Begin to experiment with interesting design

elements, such as one letter flowing into or attached to another letter. Try two letters back-to-back, or one lower or higher

than the rest. Make some bigger or smaller. Turn one letter sideways or upside-down. Add quotation marks, a halo or an

exclamation point. Add underlines. Try to write the whole word without lifting your pen off the paper. The possibilities are

endless. Some people recommend starting your design on graph paper to keep the letters evenly sized. You can do that

Go back into the box and see if you like a detail from an earlier drawing that you want to use. Look at lots of examples of

graffiti on the web for ideas. And just keep writing it. The idea is to begin to feel it get loose and get the letters to be

animated, expressive and have movement. I know it's not easy, but keep at it. It will only happen with repetition. I'd say write

it at least 100 times. More if you are ambitious. You can number the pages to keep track if you like. Numbering the pages also

gives you a visual diary of your design process. Please be advised, you don't have to do it all in one sitting. You can come

back to it and continue anytime. If you keep doing it, after a while it will begin to feel natural and automatic. Something to do

with neural memory traces in your brain, like a mouse memorizing a maze. Going through this process will allow you to create

Here's a few examples from the series of sketches (embarrassing) that I did to get to my final tag. There's dozens more, even

worse than these, believe me. I did these a long time ago when I first started learning graffiti, so they are a bit silly. But you

Eventually, you will get to a drawing that you are happy with and that will be your finished design (see #13 in the image

above). Next, thicken the lines a little like I did at #14. Just scribble over the letters to make them fatter. Then start to

neaten it up. Finally, switch to a wider marker or the side of a small piece of crayon and write it nice and neat. Use whatever

tool you want to thicken your lines. You can trace it or draw it freehand. These are not set rules, just a method that works

TIP* Writing your finished tag with a chisel tip marker is the best thing to use, because it will give your lines varying

Here's my finished tag again below. It's not too fancy, but you get the idea. It looks even better drawn with a drippy graffiti

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