The 'toolkit' of a graffiti artist: this is in it
The delivery van rolls silently into the dark alley. A silhouette gets out and opens the doors of the cargo space. In the flashing street lights, the balaclava is just visible on his head. After a minute of fumbling, he closes the doors gently and walks around the corner, armed with a crowbar and a backpack.
This traditional image of the graffiti artist is partly true. Of course, graffiti is still applied in the middle of the night, sometimes even for commercial purposes, but graffiti as an art form has become quite mainstream in this century. This also means that street art and graffiti artists often work on behalf of government institutions or commercial companies.
Graffiti artists with crowbars and balaclavas?
De graffiti artists of Graffitinetwerk no longer need a balaclava. We only work for clients and therefore only carry out projects on commission. In other words: we are very welcome and only spray on walls that are intended for that purpose. That does not alter the fact that novice graffiti artists often acquire their skills on the street.
Thanks to the leverage effect, a crowbar is ideal for prying open doors and gates. In practice, this tool is hardly needed and certainly not if you are on the team Graffitinetwerk is sitting. Nevertheless, there is usually one in the shed or in the van of a well-prepared one graffiti sprayer. After all, you never know!
Difference in graffiti sprays and caps
The quality of the paint, the pressure with which the minuscule paint droplets come out of the spray can and the size of the can count for a graffiti artist piece by piece when choosing the right graffiti paint. There are various brands with paint specially developed for graffiti, such as Molotow, Flame, MTN and many others. This is paint that covers extremely well and dries very quickly.
With a wide variety of caps, we can play with the paint pressure and the thickness of the paint jet. Thanks to these nozzles, we can fill in large areas as well as small details. A good one graffiti artist has all kinds of spray caps in stock, so that an entire team can work simultaneously to create a work of art together.
Become a graffiti artist yourself?
Do you have the ambition to become a graffiti artist or do you like to delve into history and techniques? Then our 'Online tutorial: make your own graffiti' is definitely something for you. The graffiti tutorial consists of 4 episodes and the exercises increase in difficulty per episode.
Would you rather participate in a graffiti workshop alone or with a friend? Then sign up for our graffiti workshops for individuals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Antwerp and learn the techniques of a real graffiti artist.
Hire a real graffiti artist?
Curious how the professional graffiti artists and street art artists of Graffitinetwerk can be of service to you? Due to the wide variation in prices, we recommend that you request a price calculation via our contact page. Contact us now and receive information, advice or a price calculation today.