during WWII, james j. kilroy, a ship inspector,
documents his work with a yellow crayon “jj
in the late 1960’s darryl mccray from philly
became the first “tagger” on record. he was
the first writer ever to tag an airplane, the
jackson 5’s airplane.
in july 1971 the new york times interviewed
TAKI183 and as a result, everyone became a
in late 1974 and early 1975 “throw ups”
became a standard sight on the trains.
this established the foundation of NYC
to avoid throw up removal, writers painted
freight trains resulting attention across
writers discovered that caps from other
aerosol products could provide a larger
width of spray.
bubble letters and broadway style
were the earliest forms of actual pieces
and therefore the foundation of many
turn of the century became a new genre
of graffiti art. taggers takes it to the
next level creating their brand on the
some artists’ tags pushes the idea
of graffiti as contributing to the
community, to make someone smile.
as the price of spray paint increased
in the late 90s, graffiti artists prevail
with new techniques.
there are websites deciated to making
your own graffiti fonts without the
skills of spray painting.
graffiti research lab (G.R.L.) created
a way to graffiti entire buildings out
in public using a laser pen and a
various artists are using LEDs for night
time graffiti on their own products or
tagging them on street signs.
a street art campaign based on a design by
shepard fairey created in 1986 in charleston,
distributed by the skater community, the
andre stickers began showing up in nearly
every major city worldwide.
fairey has cynically turned graffiti culture
into a self-promoting ad campaign, turning
street art into a cheap hustle that is no
different from corporate advertising.