Street graffiti doesn't always have to be done outside. You can learn your tag alphabet by practicing on paper, slowly adding flourishes, and develop your own style. Many people begin by tagging their nickname, but to fully develop your style, begin by tagging the alphabet.
- Step 1
Using sketchbook and pencil, explore and pick up stylistic impressions. Whether Asian, Indian, Persian, or Arabic, think dynamically as you move fluidly. Think dramatic. Your tag is your signature, and just as you learn to sign a check, you've got to feel comfortable. Make sure that your alphabet remains legible.
- Step 2
Add elements of the tag by erasing the end of letters. You can add arrows to provide a sense of direction. Add flourishes such as swirls or appendages into the letter structure. Symbols can be added to your alphabet as well.
- Step 3
Since letters are so important, it's crucial to develop letter patterns. The best place for beginners is with bubble letters. Use a distinct circular motion from the wrist to the paper. Letters overlap but are not connected.
- Step 4
Once the sketch is adequate, use a solid line to outline the letters in marker. Use a dark color to add shadow, and a third, lighter color to add glow, such as stars, or a light source. Since the letters are fat, you can add symbols or extra writing inside of the letters. Use lowercase writing, or symbols that are special to you.