Why Do Graffiti Artists Use Spray Paint?

Why Do Graffiti Artists Use Spray Paint?

[MUSIC PLAYING] Have you ever used spray paint? I’ve been playing
with it a lot lately. And it got me wondering,
who invented this stuff? Check this out. [THEME MUSIC] Believe it or not, spray paint
hasn’t been around that long. In 1949, Ed Seymour was
looking for a fast and easy way to show customers his aluminum
coating for radiators. His wife suggested
he use something like an insect sprayer,
which was a great idea. Good thing he
listened to his wife. Taking that creative idea, Ed
made his own spray paint gun. Once he realized how
efficient it was, he decided to start
using it all the time. He borrowed money
from a local bank and started making a
ton of spray paint cans. Ed liked how easy and quick
the spray painting was. The paint dried fast while
leaving a nice finish on the radiators. Ed immediately started his
company, Seymour of Sycamore, which you have to
appreciate the name. It’s definitely catchy, Ed. Seymour of Sycamore
took off and even added automotive and
industrial divisions to touch up and refinish
cars and industrial machines. Household names like
Krylon and Rust-Oleum started catching on to Ed’s
idea and created their own spray paint. By 1973, 270 million cans
were produced annually. Guess how many were
produced in 2011. 412 million cans. That’s crazy, right? [TRAIN BELL AND HORN SOUNDING] By the ’60s and
’70s, spray paint wasn’t just popular
for commercial use. People liked the fact that
spray paint was easy to use, dried quickly,
and was permanent. These same features
also interested activists, who
could easily conceal the cans in a bag
or a jacket then use the paint to put
graffiti on buildings and make public protests. As you can imagine,
laws were soon made to ban the
use of spray paint to vandalize public property. The big-name
companies even refused to upgrade their nozzles
in colors, because they didn’t want to aid vandalism. But the love of spray
continued, and spray painting developed into the art
form we know today. Through the years,
graffiti and mural art have gained more
and more respect. Spray paint
companies now produce many different and elaborate
colors for spray paint artists. Artists have their own
preferences for the quality and type of spray
paint they use. They even have custom tips made
for their cans, which I did not know and is really awesome. Have you heard of Banksy? This famous street artist
has hidden his identity. But we do know his graffiti
in the streets of England, the West Bank
barrier, and New York, which has brought fame and
new attention to spray art. Banksy keeps his art work
traditional to the origins of graffiti by painting
politically controversial pieces. Banksy’s art started
as acts of vandalism and developed into highly
prized works of art. In fact, actress
Angelina Jolie bought a piece of Banksy’s called
“Picnic” for close to $230,000. Another popular piece
called “Keep It Spotless” brought in $1.8 million. Maybe I should invest
in more spray paint. Fact is spray paint has
become a widely used tool for many street
artists, like our friend Dan Thompson, who you
should check out after this. Talk about a multi-talented
mural and graffiti artist. Know what I love most
about Ed’s story? It’s how his wife discovered a
solution with the insect prayer to inspire the spray
paint can we know today. Reminds me that you don’t always
have to invent something new. Use what you’ve got around you. I mean, channel
your inner MacGyver. Reminds me of a great
book you need to check out called “Steal Like an Artist.” Seriously, it’s an awesome book. But first, be sure to describe,
like, comment, and share this video, which will
make me feel awesome. And you will feel awesome too. I guarantee it. I’m serious, people. In the comments
below, I would love to hear how you
steal like an artist. Where have you found your
creative inspiration? Hey, art’s all
about sharing ideas. Share away. Until next time, be Artrageous. So in order to make more
“Artrageous” episodes, I really need you. If you like what
you see and happen to have a few bucks a month,
check out my Patreon page. I mean, this is your
chance to become a producer for a PBS show. Now, that is something you
could definitely brag about. Trust me. [MUSIC PLAYING] So you’re probably having
the same response I had, which is that this
cannot be true. But trust me, it is. In order to understand,
you have to dig pretty deep into history. In fact, we have to go back to
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who is actually the founder of
the International Olympic Committee, or IOC.


  • a3person says:

    I steal my creative inspiration from dream land.

  • MaximilianTV says:

    Well my most recent art pieces are basically fanart for "the Legend of Zelda".
    So without all those original game assets it wouldn´t even exist…

    I use it to express my love for those games and by doing this, I push myself to my limit by trying to surpass the original with my own work!

    This mixture of challenge and fandom is what makes this work worth while <3

    Also: Great video, I really love your editing effects and style ;D <3

  • Eric T says:

    Dan!!! That's my crew mate from RTD. Great artist and person. (Gonzo on the other hand is a hack, that's been riding the coat tails of true artist.) Nice video and good luck with your future ones.

  • max crosse says:

    This is great content mate. Well done! Would love it if you did some more design area stuff <3

  • Professor Rosenstock says:

    The twisted part of anime

  • keepcalmandcreatemusic says:


  • KOZER KOG says:

    This is literally the stupidest video on YouTube seriously why the fuck ask himself why GRAFFITI artists use SPRAY paint see the word GRAFFITI is CONNECT to word SPRAY like a mom and 2 years old child or 40 years old single man and porn… even the stupidest little 9 years old cunts know how graffiti artists make their art thanks to the fortnut

  • Hals says:

    S p a n i s h – M o n t a n a

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