A short, one page article that gives advice to graffiti artists on how to minimise the risk of getting caught.
How to reduce the risk of
- Do not write your tags on your
personal property, such as schoolbooks, bags, inside of your hat, back of your
desk etc. If you want to practice your tag style on paper, make sure you throw
the pieces of paper out when you finished. Keep your sketchbook hidden in a
safe place. Keep your photos hidden in a safe place too. Doing so will make
the evidence harder to find when your house is searched.
- Keep a low profile. Do not tell
every writer you meet your real name & where you live, until you fully trust
them. You do not want everyone to know who you are, what you write, and what
your tag is. The risk of getting caught increases the more people you tell!
When writers get caught, they are usually asked for information on other
writers. It is possible that someone might 'spill the beans' about you
accidentally or intentionally, when being questioned.
- Never tell anyone about your
plans. This is one of the golden rules of not getting caught. Tip-offs are
- Do not write your tags close to
your home or neighborhood. By doing so, you will keep your position /
home-base secret. There was a writer once that bombed the trail that lead from
his home to the railway station. Over time, the trail got bombed out so much
that you could work out where he lived by following the tags!
- The number 1 Golden Rule of not
being caught is "Make sure that you do not fit the Profile of a Writer". This
simply means, when bombing, don't dress & look as a writer. Some of the best
'camouflage' you can get is geek clothing (eg. shirts with a collar etc).
Also, consider keeping your markers / spray cans in a plastic grocery bag.
Keep your shoes, clothes and hands clean from spray paint. Keep your nails
short too. This will prevent spray-paint from going under your nails, and
becoming hard to clean. When questioned, the first thing you are asked it to
show your hands.
- Check for cameras before you
tag. Don't forget that some (infa-red) cameras can see in the dark.
- Want to stop your cans from
rattling? Attach a magnet to the base of the can. The magnet will hold the
ball bearing in place! (Round strong magnets, that fit perfectly to the base
of the can)
- Wipe your fingerprints from
empty cans and markers that you throw away.
- Never hit your favorite spots
over again. Try to keep a random pattern of places that you hit.
- Always have an excuse or alibi
does not condone vandalism, and this article is published for academic purposes
only. Powderbomb understands that the best way of not getting caught is to stay
away from any wrong doing.)