The average speed from start to finish is 12-14 hours. Many different styles are practiced on each board. If a board takes you only 40-65 minutes to complete it can be one of the most difficult things to learn.
How long does it take to become proficient at graffiti?
There are no easy answers for this question, but the best practice is to always keep learning. Try not to overdo it. I do three to four boards a day and still have to make changes to improve my style.
Have you ever encountered graffiti while driving? Can I report it to the police?
One day while driving, I saw a giant mural spray painted on the side of a building. It was a giant painting of a huge skull with a skeleton on top who just painted that whole block. I stopped immediately and asked if it was illegal. The answer was no, as long as people painted the walls properly.
A lot of people in my line of work are graffiti artists too. Some of the best spots to see graffiti in Philly are when it’s in the middle of the night where the graffiti can’t be seen. Asking someone to tell you what a big skull looks like might get them laughed off the freeway.
So don’t just stop at the graffitied part of the street.
What types of people do you get to spray paint around Philly?
People of all ages. Most of the time they’re young kids, but when I spray paint they’re usually adults in their 60’s…the ones that are older will come inside of the club and ask to come out for a drink after. I’m just getting a kick out of spraying a bunch of people as they sit in their cars, get on the bus and take it to their homes, then coming home late and taking some selfies. It’s fun and I feel great!
What do you think about the people who spray paint a lot or more than one thing per day?
There’s an influx of younger artists. Most of it’s kids on the street who just got into graffiti a few months ago. Some of them have been spray painting for many years, but most have just started in the last 4-6 months. They’re a lot of fun and you can take a lot of them out on a night out.
What if someone does something wrong after a painting?
When you spray paint anywhere, you can’t be held accountable for what happens.