Introduction: How to Start Your Own Graffiti Research Lab

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Starting your own fake laboratory is easy, but we'll try to make it seem hard in these six pompous steps.

Step 1: Hackers + Graffiti Writers

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Hackers and graffiti writers unite! The street and the Net are both filled with opportunities for small people to alter the course of large systems. Hackers pieced up the Internet by sharing ideas, and writers hacked a billion-dollar transportation system to move their art around town for free.

Step 2: Stop Asking Permission

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Stop asking permission from law-enforcement offices, city officials, arts organizations, and copyright owners (but feel free to take their $$$$). Causing mayhem in public space is like downloading music on the internet: if enough of us rush the guards, they won't be able to take us all out.

Step 3: Public Space & Public Domain

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Work in public spaces and the public domain. You should be open with your process to the point of being skeezy. Hit walls and networks and minds for free. Your only reward will be a purpose and an army of collaborators who are legion and loyal. No patents, no copyright, no property... just fame.

Step 4: Train to Be a Deviant

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Train to be a deviant: Tear down ads, lick expensive paintings, sniff packets, steal paint, curse in the source code, trespass, torrent, install Linux, make drippy markers, buy a laser, don construction gear and go around the city unscrewing things. Let advertisers drool over your work but never return their e-mails.

Step 5: Build an Audience

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Build an audience and don't be picky. The Bored At Work Network is ready to be chronically distracted by your My Space page. So make it BLING. Your mission here is to lower office productivity, make open-source the 6th element of hip-hop, and convince suburban kids to stop buying junk and start making better smoke bombs.

Step 6: Make Shit

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Make shit. Like a tricycle with an audio system loud enough to set off car alarms. Test your prototype in the streets. Keep the camera rolling, especially if the cops show up. Make a web page to post your documentation and research. Release early, often, and with rap music.


AkashR23 (author)2016-04-02

Get More Research paper for any topics here

terrefirma (author)2015-01-11

If anyone cares, Tampa City Council approved $80,000.00 for someone to REMOVE the iconic 'graffiti' left along the waterfront by years of rowers. Because of a newer project that's more appropriate, according to the mayor.

zrippel (author)2014-03-12

Open source as the sixth element of hip hop. Straight up. 808

articice (author)2010-05-09

buy a laser?? how would this help?

Twist9 (author)articice2010-06-30 Welcome to the future.

luifer78 (author)Twist92012-05-11


Harlan Whitman (author)articice2010-10-10

Are you kidding its a flippin laser! What wouldn it help? :)

luifer78 (author)2012-05-11

Hello if you want to see something amazing with a laser see my LASER GRAFFITI "HOW TO"

ImMoRtAl- (author)2009-08-03

So illegal hope u get caught =]

facilitator476 (author)ImMoRtAl-2011-08-16

It's art. This guy is talking about using his creativity and skill to transform a barren and forgotten strip of concrete into something amazing. I understand this isn't David or the Mona Lisa but it's a hell of a lot better than the BZ blood tags we have thrown up in my town.

dla888 (author)ImMoRtAl-2009-11-22

You sound like Big Brother's spy.

Metalman000 (author)2011-07-10

Thanx so much for da inpiration!

ipatch (author)2008-02-15

best damn instructable there is man! me and my best friend Heaton went out and took some pics with a glow stick and are work on our projection bombing! We live and a plain old town not a city but there are plenty of football fields to write our messages on Peace

FunkNattidelic (author)ipatch2008-08-11

1. Don't say 'Peace' unless you mean it 2. Peace and Love go together, you cant have one without the other 3. A Graffiti Research Lab probably wont promote Peace and Love, considering the instructable said 'with rap music' and rap music talks about shooting people when they look at your shoes wrong.

First off, that's extremely prejudice. True, some rap is about "shooting people when they look at your shoes wrong" but that's only the commercial stuff. If you actually would be open to new ideas, you would hear that all rap isn't just about violence. Second, when the instructable was making a reference to a video made by the Graffiti Research Lab. Don't Hate.

not 100% true. i think graffiti writers (artists) would be more attracted to underground rap and hip-hop, like Aesop Rock and El-P, who both are trying to campaign against war (although not in the same way others are, i'll give you that one.) i agree with the peace and love statement though, thats totally correct.

ShogunD (author)NeverThere2010-04-09

I bet you'd know since you studied the Graffiti Artists Uniform Handbook and policies, huh.

I've Been writeing for a bout a yeah, and i gotta say, I love Aesop Rock. Ha

oh really? ALL rap music is about shooting people? thats interesting because the rap i listen to is about anti war, and everyday life. and many graffiti writers, of all sorts uh.. DO promote peace and love in different forms. if you've ever looked at graffiti a large percent of it is about exactly that. peace and love.

bvicarious (author)2007-12-18

Where does "Get loads of funding from an art gallery; proceed to dump paint all over their building" fit into this scheme?

ShogunD (author)bvicarious2010-04-09

Pahahaha. This sounds like a plan. Lets go do it.

randofo (author)bvicarious2007-12-19

I think you do that after you have started your own Graffiti Research Lab.

JohnJY (author)2010-03-10

Last year or so I started a FLGRL, Florida Graffiti Research Lab with some friends down here in FL, but that hasn't done anything for years, yet I still update the website...

guy90 (author)2010-02-11

Epic! Liking the imagery you've used for each page too,nice one! :)

oligore (author)2007-12-21

"lick expensive artwork" I thought graffiti artists of all people would know what it feel like to have your art damaged.

JohnJY (author)oligore2009-11-15

I think what he meant was: My works better then yours!!!HAHAHA!!
But he just said licking artwork.

It feels awesome. In the first Gulf War, I used to get the next day's paper as soon as it came out, cut it and xerox it until it was Today's Poster, then go around town putting them up. Some of the posters would be rudely torn down, and some would be carefully untaped and taken away... I'm not sure which made me happier.

JohnJY (author)2009-11-15

Your name is fi5e, but...but...But...That's the name Evan Roth, creater of the Graffiti Research Lab and F.A.T,gave him self...are you Evan Roth,or just a fan.(*A.K.A. Impostor Getting My Hopes Up,So I Turn Into a Crying Baby(because I didn't get to communicate with Evan Roth...)
I think that's his old name though, because his website is

mastermakoko (author)2009-10-04

install linux?

clark (author)2009-02-16

"curse in the source code" ...amazing

Derin (author)clark2009-06-14
he he...
int f***=1;void setup(){Serial.begin(9600);Serial.println (f***);}void loop{}
dardy_7 (author)2008-05-09


Foxtrot70 (author)dardy_72008-07-28

How soon as computers become self-aware we ARE in trouble. The Terminator movie series is a forbearer of things that could possibly come to pass.

Parahnus (author)2007-12-24

Awesome But I Have Trouble With Major Advertisement Billboards. I Have To Climb The Pole Thingy To Get Up There Do You Know How To Unlock The Ladder So, I Wont Have To Just Fall On My Head Half Way Down???

rrrmanion (author)Parahnus2008-07-25

try getting like a fire engine, also with that use paint in the hoses instead of water so you can graffiti on the cops cars when you're in the chase and fire up the blues and 2s and graffiti while your shooting it at the

Grmgunner (author)Parahnus2007-12-28

yea get some buddys to bring your own ladder and prop it up to the existing ladder.

Parahnus (author)Grmgunner2008-01-13

Damm......................We Had To Leave It Somewhere In Hayward. But A Tecate Cervasa Billboard Is More Eye Catching Now

hac (author)2008-07-02

This. Instructable. Rocks. (Except I don't really care for rap music.)

camb00 (author)2008-05-07

i first started of with stickers and stuck them everywhere!. we found a car that was somes who went on holiday so we kinda like stuck 124 sticker on it lol

unspecified (author)2008-03-11

This is Dr. Pimpenstein

Dim-1 (author)2008-02-28

I'm almost done building my own GRL, thanks for the instructable.

tOmAtE (author)2008-01-14

You should read the book "The Cocka Hola Company " by Matias Faldbakken. Its not really about this kind of art but about the view of life you need...

Toulouse (author)2008-01-11

this is pretty funny. good ideas in here too

FireandIcebike (author)2007-12-24

Graffiti research certainly sounds like an extremely ambiguous undertaking. Geez!

randofo (author)2007-12-18

Awwww shucks... I've already started my own Graffiti Removal Lab. I think the big difference is in Step 5. The GRL puts rock music in our videos.

capsure (author)2007-12-18

wheatpaste = equal parts flour and water. heat until mixed up good. spread on wall, stick poster, brush on poster. let dry.

ledzep567 (author)2007-12-18

HAHAHAHAH I think this is the only way to describe me and my small group of "bitter" friends. except, we are not too computer proficient. but whatever... just one thing that needs to be added. wheatpaste and the methods behind it

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-18


Nesagwa (author)2007-12-18

Someone sounds a little bitter.

nagutron (author)Nesagwa2007-12-18

Don't hate the playa: Hate the game.

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