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array of good letter forms to work with and that will “stick” to the minds of those experiencing the final product. Having letters that “fit” well next to one another definitely helps in one’s effort to develop a unique and memorable style that impacts the viewer effectively, whatever their individual intent may be. With these things in order the mission is to take that name and saturate it with as much unique flavor, style, and technique as one can, and get that “name” or “message within a name” out there in as many places as possible so that you get “known” or seen by as many eyes as possible. Fame or “street credit” or notoriety is more so then not the underlying goal. A lot of the time it’s all ego that drives people to engage this art form. One must consider though that this is a culture that was born in the deep recesses of the poverty stricken urban corridors of the world and a lot of the time this art was an escape or a way to rise above the constrictions imposed by the immediate environment one is born into. It’s a creative outlet in contrast to self destructive tendencies or lifestyles that are all too common in the inner-city areas all around the globe, bringing a little light and positivity to sometimes oppressive realm of existence. It’s a way of saying “Hey! I’m alive, this one time, here on Planet Earth, RIGHT NOW!” The other common way people get their graffiti name is that they just pick something themselves that they feel reflects them or that they just like the sound of. Or also, from what I’ve noticed, sometimes people choose an identity that’s based on their initials or nick-name from growing up. The name someone chooses tends to deeply reflect their personality on some front most of the time, producing a wide variety of characters and personalities throughout the graffiti culture as a whole. For me, I played with a few names early on and eventually experimented with the word “Typo,” and I liked the way the letters worked together and the overall sound of it, so I went with it! Here I am almost 15 years later and still rockin’ it so I guess it’s the one I’m gonna stick with! 72

Splat Art Magazine May/June 2011  

underground art magazine

Splat Art Magazine May/June 2011  

underground art magazine

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