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Spray Painting

As the name suggests, Spray Painting is kind of painting using a device that sprays the paint.Though there are several methods of spray painting .Canned spray painting is the most common type. An aerosol can of spray paint is used for such painting.

Spray painting is most commonly used for making Graffiti.


Graffiti is rude decoration inscribed on any surface like rocks or walls, both private and public.

The term graffiti is the plural of graffito, although the singular form is less commonly used. Both words have been borrowed from the Italian language, and along with the English word "graphic", are in turn derived from the Greek, graphein.

Nowadays graffiti is synonymous with Hip-Hop and is one of the 4 main elements of the Hip Hop culture (MC the DJ and Break Dancing are other three). However its definitely a misunderstood art form. In fact, modern graffiti is a much older phenomenon than the hip hop culture. Its roots are to be found in the late 1960’s French Student revolution. The cryptic phrases sprayed on walls were the perfect medium for this revolt. Slogans like “Demand the Impossible” or “Imagination is the Seizing Power” inverted conventional logic: they made complex ideas suddenly seem very simple.

Spray Painting in Graffiti

Initially pens and markers were used to scribble and doodle on walls, but these instruments were limited in their scope as to what types of surfaces they worked on. So as an alternative was sought in spray-paint. Spray paint could mark all types of surfaces and was quick and easy to use. It didn’t take long to make it the chosen medium of application.


An airbrush is a small contraption that is used for Spray Painting. However the most common technique of airbrushing is a process called atomization. Modern day Spray guns were also developed from the airbrush.

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