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Your tags are shit, heres why

Discussion in 'Tools and tips' started by hungover, Apr 9, 2018.

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  1. hungover

    hungover Elite Member

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    I see it all the time. Toys come to the forums searching for an answer as to why they suck so much ass at tagging. And yet, none of them realize that every experienced writer with a brain and a half decent tag will tell them each the exact same thing a thousand times. So here we are, with me telling you toys the same thing for the 1000th time.
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    Does your tag look something like this? You think you're hot shit because you added random ass squiggles to letters. Yet it doesnt look quite right, does it. Its because this tag is WAY too much for your skill level, and it shows.

    So what, exactly, would someone say when you post this shit asking for crits?

    START SIMPLE

    (for the sake of my own sanity, i didnt add any underlines or do dads here and there. Stay away from that shit when you first start)

    So lets go on and fix this up a bit.
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    Whew, thats already looking better. And what did we do to it? Nothing, I just wrote some letters with a bit of space between them. But this doesnt quite have that sexy flavor to it yet. Thats ok, we have to know the rules before we can break them.
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    Not too much of a change beyond closing the gap between the letters. Not every letter needs to be inside of each other. Snuggle them up next to each other, but give them some space to do their thing.
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    aw shit, whats going on now? Well, we switched to the flat side of a nice chisel tip sharpie. Some varying line thickness gives a nice contrast on the curves, and makes your tag fit the space a bit better. ITS STILL LEGIBLE THOUGH, AND LOOK, NO ADDED UNDERLINES OR OTHER BULLSHIT!

    If you can nail a nice, simple letter flow, it will suffice as a good enough tag. Notice how I have a slight slant to my letters as well.

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    Ok, FINALLY we are adding a bit of style in there. ONLY THE FIRST AND THE LAST LETTER HAVE A BIT OF FUNK! We need our tag (for now) to be legible. Adding too much junk in the middle or around your tag will make it look like ass.

    Remember, baby steps are all we are taking at this point.
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    But, while baby steps are fun, lets just add a few other flourishes to make that tag pop. A simple halo and underline would do just fine, but you can have a little fun with it one you UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR LETTERS WORK AND FLOW TOGETHER.
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    So here we have a nice little chisel tip tag that is legible, and has some nice flow to it. Now you can start rocking out with your cock out. Have fun and stay safe, and remember, cut the bullshit and start SIMPLE.



    S T A R T S I M P L E
     
  2. 4kay

    4kay New Member

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    Good start for alot of new guys
     
  3. Tuke

    Tuke Senior Member

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    Every year thousands of toys post their shitty scribbles with " Critz?" request. You can help put a stop to this by sharing this message, and donating 1$ today!
     
  4. AMEN 28 CRIMINALZ

    AMEN 28 CRIMINALZ Senior Member

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  5. bugs-one

    bugs-one Elite Member

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    Your pledge of $1 can make a big difference. We will help toys everywhere. But we will NOT make videos on YouTube talking about having a hip hop stance to do graffiti.
     
  6. Ray of Today

    Ray of Today Elite Member

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    Not a bad idea for a thread. Was going to joke that that tag isn't hip hop enough though!
    If I can add, I think too many people go for flair where they either don't need it or haven't mastered basics.
    If you look at some tags by pioneers of this shit, there's some pretty basic to the point stuff, but still quite recognizable/iconic even today. I would probably flick these before some new guy's color burner or even a newer generation's fancy tag.

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    awww.graffiti.org_dondi_tag.jpg

    BTW, if you don't know who these people are you seriously need to do your homework.
     
  7. hungover

    hungover Elite Member

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    Hahah i didnt want to overload the toys with Badypnose style tags. Sometimes too much flavor is just too much for a quick tutorial
     
  8. knowme

    knowme Senior Member

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    we get it, bro, you watched style wars.
     
  9. Ray of Today

    Ray of Today Elite Member

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    Ha, what got you all acting up? That was pretty solid advice. When you get a tag as known and respected as those be sure to get back and let us know. Until then, if you have something to contribute lay it down. Otherwise, sit down before I break you down and fold you up like a cardboard box.
     
  10. gumOnShoe

    gumOnShoe Elite Member

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    He doesn't paint. know bombs his black book that's it.
     
  11. GuardDog

    GuardDog Senior Member

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    You got to do your hip hop stance when you doo dad with the b boys. Bombing Science told me so
     
  12. knowme

    knowme Senior Member

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    Awwww still mad from the other week? That's cute. Plenty of walls of mine kicking around this site. I got nothing to prove anymore, unlike some people here it seems...
     
  13. gumOnShoe

    gumOnShoe Elite Member

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    mad? I'm not mad, crocodile dundee, just laughing at the fact that you don't paint yet you're talking like you went all city or something.
     
  14. Kaps2

    Kaps2 Elite Member

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    Come on lads, lets not argue like a couple of school girls. :p
     
  15. GuardDog

    GuardDog Senior Member

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    Popeye is right, we have to unite in a singular hip hop stance to show society that we don't give a fuck about their couch; or their walls.
    (But mostly their couch, that shit is old anyway why are they so uptight about it?)

    Corncob pipes and spinach will pave the way to a brighter future filled with just as many skirts; but slightly more paint.

    Also why is popeyes a chicken place, clearly the popeye we know and love invested in more burgers.

    We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore.

    We will be united in our common hip hop stance.

    Perhaps its fate that today is the 15th of April, and you will once again be fighting for our styles, not from tyranny, oppression, or trolls -- but from chicken joints.

    We're fighting for our right to live, to write on stuff.

    And should we win the day, the 15th will no longer be known as some random day, but as the day when the sub culture declared in one voice

    "We will not keep trolling into the night!

    We will not post shit into a fight!

    We're going to live on!

    We're going to write!"
     
  16. Kaps2

    Kaps2 Elite Member

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    "Popeye is right" haha
     
  17. gumOnShoe

    gumOnShoe Elite Member

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    Lol i laughed when he said he has plenty walls kicking. they're less than 5 and they're all legal or chill walls you posted... LMAO.

    crocodile dundee, king of chill spots!
     
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  18. gumOnShoe

    gumOnShoe Elite Member

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    ironic that the final display doesn't even look like it says "brink". looks at lot like it says "brwk". if anyone should be the one who tells people what a good a tag is it aint you man. you can barely tag with a can. but i know how winning battles online can inflate an ego. but just remember its black book shit not the streets. i don't give a fuck how many cringe tier graff writers vote for your entries in battles.
     
  19. domestizo

    domestizo Senior Member

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    Graf Gods! RIP Dondi!
     
  20. GuardDog

    GuardDog Senior Member

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    If you ask me nobody actually "wins" here; or anywhere online (the exception is contest with loot) the places acronym is BS. So apart from the edgelord shit the lesson and the references were actually solid and could probably help a lot of people, me included.
     
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