With the many thousands of graffiti writers around the world it’s not hard to quickly become lost in a sea of colours, drips, techniques and styles. Each style becomes a variation of those that came before it, and originality is often exchanged for conformity or crippled by poor execution. Lucky for us, USA’s Soviet is […]
When it comes to tagging, flares and style go hand in hand – but not every writer can deliver both. Fortunately for us, Acroe is one of the writers that pulls off both of these things with ease. The USA-based writer is able to deliver quality handstyles regardless of the tool in his hand – […]
Artists from all around the world are constantly developing their handstyles in order to out-do each other when it comes to technicality & originality. It’s then easy to forget about the foundations of a letterform in a handstyle, and therefore makes it super refreshing to see a clean style executed so well. Nurse, a writer from Toronto, […]
Seeing writers that can take traditional writing styles like script, calligraphy and cursive and merge them with a street-based graffiti handstyle is a truly inspirational thing to witness. France’s Badypnose is one of the few writers that can pull off a blend of these styles with ease and the result is a totally unique handstyle […]
Stickers have been a part of graffiti culture for almost as long as graffiti itself. Whilst bombing is generally saved for the late hours of the night, stickers are able to be put up with stealth and swiftness at any time of the day. Of course, a huge downside of bombing with stickers is that the […]
Very early on in school you get taught how to write, and shortly after you are taught how to write in cursive, or “conjoined” writing. Fast forward a few years and you’re tearing up the neighbourhood with a spray can, learning the ways of graffiti writing – the graffiti handstyle. As awesome as it is […]
About one week ago, I was going through my mind thinking of some the upcoming things for Handstyler. I then realised that it was very close to Halloween and I hadn’t planned anything for it yet. It wasn’t a hard task to think of a subject for an interview, as only one came to mind: […]
Whilst on my travels around Europe in 2013, naturally I was keeping an eye out for any sick handstyles across the multiple countries I visited. When I ended up in Poland, there was one name I kept seeing that was doing constant damage with high quality tags – Sicoer. I kept making mental notes to take […]
It’s sick coming across all these different writers with dope handstyles – and with the power of the internet, it makes it super easy to connect myself with artists on the other side of the world. That’s why it was ironic to find that New York City native Never had made his way onto Australian shores […]
Not many artists have caught my eye with consistency than the handstyles of Boston’s Soem. I first saw some of his tags via pictures on Instagram and noticed his style, to me, was a influenced by the old-school New York style, but with his own originality added to the flow.
The quality of his tags were made more apparent when he and two others were hand-picked winners of 12ozProphet’s x MTNColor’s handstyle competition recently (there were tons of quality entries, too).
I was lucky enough to have a chat with the man himself to answer some questions about his style, his influences, and his first interests in dropping dope tags.
There are many artists I come across that have impressive handstyles and tags. Most of these artists have practised for years to get to the level they are at, and generally find their best tags are delivered from either a spray can, a marker, a mop, or any other tool they can find. One of the first artists […]