A can of spray paint and 8 minutes is all it takes for this guy to create an epic piece of art! That doesn’t mean much until you actually see what it is he creates. The images are full of energy and explosive creativity that most of us only wish we had. It doesn’t get much cooler than this!
He creates this vibrant piece of art with just spray paint in the blink of an eye.
Spray Paint Street Art is an amazing medium. From throwies to murals, street art is everywhere. In the last decade, it’s gained an incredible amount of appreciation from the public at large. When artists are being commissioned to take what was once only thought of as a mischievous pastime for people labeled as “bored,” the increased awareness and understand of both the art and the artists have an open door into the mainstream.
Often mistaken for each other, it’s important to know that graffiti and street art are not the same thing.
While graffiti artists only work with spray paint and pride themselves on knowing their way around a can of paint, street artists use other media to create their pieces. “Graffiti artists really pride themselves on what we call can control,” says Cameron Moberg, a graffiti artist from San Francisco, California. “We take pride in not needing a stencil and really working on our can skills, that’s where the divide originally came from. But with good content coming out, there’s some more respect. You even see some collaboration between street artists and graffiti artists.”
Spray paint art has come a long way, but perfecting it and getting the most out of it can still be difficult. “Can control is essentially being able to use the can properly and being able to manipulate what the can does,” explains Moberg. “For example, when you have something called a flare it’s when it’s really wide and fuzzy at the top of a letter and as you get to the bottom it will be really clean and skinnier. That can control process is not just moving your arm, it’s moving your wrist, rotating your wrist and your arm at the same time. In the ’90s, we didn’t have the paint we have now. We were using hardware store paint which is really runny and it takes a lot of commitment to learn how to use.”
Yes, things have changed. Even the cans of paint have changed! The dome on top of the spray paint can, which used to be about 1 ¼-inches tall, is now only about ½-inch in height, allowing artists to get closer to the walls they’re painting and write finer lines. Unlike painting on one’s private canvas, street art is public and subject to being covered by a competing artist, so you never really know how long a piece is going to remain visible.
“It’s an open forum for the public to communicate about their current culture,”
says Kristin Adamczyk, 24, a street artist from Detroit, Michigan, also competing on Street Art Throwdown. “There are no rules. It’s not a club you have to be in. Part of writing on the street is you could go back there tomorrow and it’s covered up because somebody dissed you or you don’t know where you are and you’ve written on somebody’s wall that they’ve already called. There’s politics and drama and silly things.”