How to Start Your Own Graffiti Research Lab




About: Agent 005 of the Graffiti Research Lab

Intro: How to Start Your Own Graffiti Research Lab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



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    52 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Get More Research paper for any topics here


    3 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    4 years ago

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


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction Welcome to the future.


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

    6 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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


    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

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