1 GRAFFITI AND STREET ART ARE VERY DIFFERENT
They are often confused with one another, both are subversive art movements where work is displayed in public rather than a gallery setting.
While graffiti artists place their work in public, generally speaking they are not interested in the public understanding their work, they just want to “speak” to other graffiti artists. Street artists want everyone to view and be engaged by their work. They are trying to make a statement. Graffiti writing and street art are closely related contemporary art movements, however, they differ in terms of technique, function and intent.
2. MASTERING CAN CONTROL IS HARD
“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.”
3.THERE ARE POLITICS IN STREET ART
Unlike painting on your 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.
“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.” says Kristin Adamczyk
4 Street Artists Use Different Modes of Painting While Graffiti Artists Use Aerosol
Aerosol is one of the major factors that separates graffiti writers from other artists.
Graffiti is all about the freehand use of aerosol which is the art’s defining factor and it takes years to perfect
Even if street artists use aerosol, they also employ everything from acrylic and oil paint to projectors, wood or metal, and multimodal materials.
5. WHEAT PASTES ARE FOR STREET ARTISTS
In street art, a wheat paste refers to a simple adhesive made out of flour, water, and glue to stick and seal a piece to a wall or building.
“A wheat paste is a really good example of how graffiti is different from street art,” says Adamczyk. “Street art really means you’re bringing art onto the public street. That can mean you’re using a paint brush and applying acrylic paint or a wheat paste, which I like to use. I’ll print out some of my photos or I’ll do a sketch with Sharpies or permanent markers and then it’s on a piece of paper. All you do is apply the paste to it and post it up on the wall.”
But, as with most street art, it has a temporary life span—six months for a wheat paste that has been well-sealed with a top coat or just three weeks to a month for one that has not.
6. MORE RECENTLY CITIES ARE USING STREET ART TO BRING FRESH AIR INTO THE AREA
Different cities are working with street artists to bring a newfound energy to a place that is in desperate need of revitalization.
7. STREET ARTISTS LEARN TO LET GO
How can you let go something like Art?! The hardest part it to accept that other people won’t consider it as good as you think, or the fact that it can be covered up, replaced etc.
8. IN A CREW VS. ALONE
If we speak about a crew we directly think about Graffiti Artist – but then again, there are graffiti writers who don’t identify with a crew at all
Abhorrent from graffiti writers, the street artists don’t tend to work their way up the hierarchy of a crew; they often come straight from the studio into the street-art scene.
9. Graffiti Is Harder to Read
You will see there are many different Graffiti styles but Wildstyle is the most difficult graffiti signature to read because you it kind of has its own language.
10. DAY LIGHT VS NIGH LIGHT
If you see someone painting a wall during the day they are probably creating Street compared to Graffiti writers which almost always paint in the middle of the night or early morning to make sure they are not getting caught.