NYC writer KATSU demonstrates the functionality of the latest tool from the Graffiti Research Lab: The High Writer. Drawing on previous paint-pole designs from innovators like Barry McGee and the Citizens Against Ugly Street Spam, the High Writer is a tool that amplifies the scale and height of marks rendered with a spray can. The high writer is easily constructed from materials available at Home Depot and your local bike shop. All praise be to the Eyebeam R&D OpenLab.

To view high writer photos on flickr Click here.

Benefit Art Show and Auction for Daniel McGowan

The prototype High Writer will be auctioned off at the "If They Come for You in the Morning" Benefit Gallery Show for Daniel McGowan hosted by Visual Resistance. All proceeds from the show will benefit the legal fund of environmental and social justice activist Daniel McGowan.

Thursday, July 27 & Friday, July 28, 2006, 5-10pm
ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St, Lower East Side, NYC

Art Auction on Ebay

The AMERIKA1 mural by KATSU pictured in the video is currently up for bid on ebay. Click here to place your bid. Now lets learn how to write naturally high.

Step 1: Parts, Materials and Tools


All of these parts can all be purchased at the local Home Depot or art supply store. Look for the bike parts at used cycle shops.

Hardware store

12-15 foot painter's pole
3 pole extension set
Paint edger attachment
Handyboard sheet
Balsa wood blocks
2-inch #8-32 bolts, nuts and washers
2.5-inch #8-32 bolts, nuts and washers
3/4-inch #8-32 bolts, nuts and washers
1-inch #8-32 bolts, nuts and washers
3-inch 360 swivel coaster
3-inch C-clamps
Transparent tape
JB Weld
5-minute epoxy

Bike shop

Bike V-Brake system: hand lever, bike cable and one brake arm/pad
bike water bottle holder

Art store

Spay-paint can
NY fat caps


MItre box
Mitre box saw
screwdriver set
box cutter
hex key set
measuring tape
cordless drill and 13/64th drill bits

What I like about this is that it keeps the criminals preoccupied and his hands busy so I am free to come up behind them and kick their balls up through the top of their head for tagging something that doesn't belong to them. Fun indeed.
I love how the haters get so angry about this...the funny thing is that they have no idea of the difference between gang tags and graffiti art.
If you are painting on something that does not belong to you, or you were not contracted to do it, there is no difference. If you are painting something that you paid for, something that actually belongs to you, have at it. Art is subjective, and some of us "haters" think your "art" looks like crap and do not want to look at it all over our buildings.
Stop being such a douch. You bitched about my exaust thing, and now this. Just deal with the fact that you can't control society, unless you decide you want to threaten or kill people. once again, you sir, may go F**k yourself
So tell me, what makes you think you can roam around in society vandalizing other peoples' property, and disrupting others' peace and quiet? Did you once ever stop and think that maybe people don't want to look at your crap or listen to your obnoxiously loud vehicle? Did the universe suddenly start revolving around you? Attitudes like yours will eventually land you in jail.
what about the corporate vandalism we all live with everyday? The billboards, signs on buses, fliers and posters which litter walls and streets often put up with harmful glues? Why should a corporation like McDonald's have the right to decide what the aesthetic of our environment is? Do you really want to look at garish and unsightly advertisements which demean our intelligence and objectify us? Did the universe suddenly start revolving around advertising? Attitudes like yours have put us in the social and economic positions we are now.
amen brother iv bin saying the saim thing for years
It's <strong>Steal</strong> dipshit. Not <strong>steel</strong>. That is a type of metal.<br/>
what makes you think that you could kick anyone in the balls when there doing something thats more fun than what your doing
First off, I dont spray paint walls, thought I'd clear that up. and, attitudes like mine will land me in jail? .... well thinking that the world should be perfect and should conform to everyone elses standards isnt going to get you anywhere
Hey "jesus"- It looks like you seem to have an identity problem. Why have you decided to call yourself Jesus? Do you value the real Jesus? Those who do would never speak to anyone as you just did. Chew on that for awhile.
I don't get why people are assaulting the comment box, but I think this really shows an incredible degree of ingenuity and artistic passion. Go for it man, I hope to see some high-rise art in Philly. Great work.<br />
put a butane torch on the end. be good for hunting ducks, you wouldn't need to shoot them, just pick them up and eat 'em!
Lol.<br />
it is simply art there should not be this much debate on it and in many places austria places in france for example this is totally legal
Graffiti is another form of "freedom of press, expression, etc." that the first amendment gives to us, so everybody may say what they like on this instructable, cause you have that right, but when you start hurting feelings you don't have that right. so be kind and don't be un-patriotic you greedy, selfish single-minded people. nice instructable though, don't think it will be easy for transport though. :D
What are fat caps?
Generically, 'fat caps' (or graf caps) are spray can nozzles modified for different spray patterns... fat cap in the nongeneric sense is a cap with a nozzle that sprays a wide line
WOULD IF THE WORLD HAD NO ADVERTISING JUST ART? Ibanezfoo is clue less. kicking some body in the balls makes you a criminal jast as much or more than a graffiti righter.
weoooow, gonna stick to 'em rooftops or my pot to get high
Having to tape up the can is a big time waster. Replace the water bottle holder with a small platform to support the can [think scrap of wood], and use a velcro strap to hold the can in place. This also makes it quick change for different colors.
Super ILL production! This will keep the buffing at bay, plus you could maybe add a multiple can holder/sprayer, so you could get triple the outline or fill lots of fun!!!!!!
I'd replace the tape buildup to hold the spraycan snug with loops of bike innertube or surgical tubing. It wouldn't have to be redone each time you needed to reload and it would make it easier to get the nozzle in the same position each time
Impressive piece. You guys keep surprising me.
There from Montana Gold. www.montan-paint.com
heh.. cool

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