Walls Are Alive by thepeopleareamerica


									           Wheatpasting�                                                                                                                                                                                                            a how-to graffiti guide
           Wheatpasting is another technique for                sive, the unmixed variety costing about $2.50    technique: For every wheatpaster, there

                                                                                                                                                                                                       for those who scheme & those who dream
           redecorating your town—and also sharing              for about two gallons of paste. As opposed to    is a unique technique for applying posters to
           your perspective with your neighbors and             wheat paste, this stu¤ mixes very easily and     walls. Your goals should be quickness, thor-
           passing along some information and ideas             requires hardly any precision or experience.     oughness, and remaining undetected. The
           not reflected on the nightly news. It consists       Some brands have variations that advertise       method we favor is to 1) apply the paste to the
           of creating a poster, photocopying it and then       being “easy to remove”—you don’t want these!     back of the poster while it is on the ground,
           ‘gluing’ the posters to walls using wheatpaste       Get the most heavy-duty stu¤ they have.          2) place the now sticky poster on the wall, 3)
           (or some other liquid adhesive) in a perma-                                                           smooth it out, removing all air bubbles and
           nent manner. Wheatpasting often can be              tools: You will need something to apply the       crinkles, 4) apply a small amount of paste
           very e¤ective in communicating your ideas:          paste to the poster—your hands will do just       to the edges and corners to make it more
           posters usually attract more attention than         fine, but some prefer big, old paint brushes      diªcult to remove. Applying the paste while
           graªti and since you mass-produce them, you         to speed up the process. You will also need       the poster is on the ground keeps you less
           can have very specific, complex messages at         a container to hold and possibly dispense         conspicuous and allows a more even coat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 From the indoctrination camps known as
           a variety of locations with minimal e¤ort and       the paste—wheat paste tends to be thicker,        ing of paste to be applied, ensuring a more                                                                                                  schools to the warehouses of industry and
           risk. A well coordinated group could paste          so be sure your container has a wide mouth,       durable and longer lasting poster. Be sure to                                                                                                incarceration, we are a society of mutes. Hu-
           up thirty 3x4 foot posters all over town in one     whereas wallpaper adhesive tends to be thin-      make and bring a lot of paste, it is better to                                                                                               man communication is constantly drowned
           night and instantly make their perspective          ner and more consistent and can be dispensed      have too much than too little. And, as with all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              beneath the deafening racket of an inhu-
           and presence known.                                                                                   art, improvisation is key.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              man and insane corporate capitalist system.
           Making Paste: There are two schools of                                                                Design: Good design is key to getting your                                                                                                   Behind every advertisement—a baton;
           paste making: the old school actually uses flour                                                      message across, and good design is easy if                                                                                                   behind every “new and improved” prod-
           and water and the new uses wallpaper adhesive.                                                        you stick to a few simple guidelines. Remem-                                                                                                 uct—a canister of tear gas; behind every TV
           Both are e¤ective, but we certainly lean toward                                                       ber that most people will see these from a dis-
           the new school—less prep time, less room for                                                          tance, so make the headline HUGE and leg-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              show—a tank; behind every newspaper—a
           mistakes in preparation, and easier application.                                                      ible and use images that are high in contrast                                                                                                prison cell; and behind every textbook—a
           The key advantage to the old school is that you                                                       and equally large. Be sure the message comes                                                                                                 graveyard. The classroom, the chat room,
           probably already have all the ingredients at your                                                     across without having to read the fine print. It                                                                                             the bedroom, the church, the psychiatrist’s
           disposal without having to go to the store. Try                                                       might be smart to include a paragraph or so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              couch, the cash register, the answering ma-
           both for yourself and see what works best.                                                            of smaller print expanding your statement for
                                                                                                                 the casually interested; also, it’s a good idea                                                                                              chine, the oªce, the bar, the jail—these are
           • Wheat Paste: Pour one cup of flour into one                                                         to include some type of contact info for those                                                                                               all spaces in which we are confronted with
             and a half cups of water, stir to remove all                                                        who become motivated by your actions, usu-                                                                                                   our incapacity to speak.
             lumps and heat to a boil until it thickens.                 (a)                    (B)              ally a web page or several work very well.
             Add more water until it turns into a thick,
             clearish goop. Cook on low heat for at least                                                        Poster ProDuction: The bigger the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But perhaps the most glaring expression of
             half an hour, being careful not to burn           out of much smaller holes. We recommend           poster the better, and Kinko’s can help you with                                                                                             our voicelessness is in the streets.
             it. Some people add a little sugar or corn        bottled water containers and squeezable dish      this; most Kinko’s have special copy machines
             starch for added voodoo stickiness. The les-      washing soap containers with pop-up nozzles,      that can blow up Letter size or Tabloid size pa-                                                                                                More and more the streets of our cities
             son here is: don’t be afraid to experiment.       respectively. It can also be helpful to have      per to 18”x24”, or even bigger. These machines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              speak in the monolithic, inhuman brutality
                                                               something to smooth the posters up on the         usually do not have counters and use the honor
           • Wallpaper Adhesive: This can be purchased         wall—you can use something general like a         system to charge for the copies. Also, contrary                                                                                              of the suburbs. People bustle about like ants
             (or otherwise obtained) suspicion-free at any     window-washing squeegee from a gas station,       to what you may think, the thinner the paper                                                                                                 confined within mass-produced, lifeless and
             home improvement or paint store, such as          or get a plastic wallpaper smoother (B) made      the better, as it will be harder to remove. We                                                                                               drab metal boxes amongst mass-produced,
             Home Depot. They come in either pre-mixed         for just this purpose and available at the same   also recommend rolling and rubber-banding                                                                                                    lifeless and drab buildings. We rarely even
             buckets of various sizes or in boxes of un-       stores you can get wallpaper adhesive from,       each poster individually for quicker deploy-
             mixed powder (a) and are relatively inexpen-      often on the same shelf.                          ment in the field. (see photo to left)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have the opportunity to pretend to acknowl-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              edge one another with our robotic lies of

                                                                                                                                                                                The Walls are Alive!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “how are you doing?” and “pretty well.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The streets speak the language of money, and
                                                                                  Many of us have beautiful things to say but are continuously                                                                                                                so our oªcial options are either to speak this
                                                                               drowned out and stepped on. We need each other to speak the                                                                                                                    language as well, or shut our fucking mouths . . .
                                                                               voice of struggle to the fullest.
                                                                                  We are the agitated and the agitators, sharing our knowledge                                                                                                                  Graªti is a means to begin speaking, and
                                                                               with you so we can begin to break free together; and begin to trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to begin liberating space for human use. By
                                                                               fer the screams within our hearts to poetry upon the walls. We will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              writing and creating art on privately-owned
                                                                               continue to take back our streets; and we encourage you to do the
                                                                               same with yours. We will be watching over you, gaining inspiration                                                                                                             buildings, we give birth to a human lan-
                                                                               from your poetry upon the walls, and kissing you ever so gently                                                                                                                guage that cannot be owned or exploited for
                                                                               upon your head—finding hope within each other to stay afloat in                                                                                                                profit. Graªti is criminalized because the
                                                                               this sea of hopelessness. Lest we forget, amidst the ever-increasing                                                                                                           graªti artist and the capitalist cannot both
                                                                               motorization, militarization, privatization, and sterilization of our                                                                                                          be heard at the same time. Graªti speaks
                                                                               spaces, the walls are alive!                                                                                                                                                   from the darkness where there are no wit-
                                                                                  The images in this pamphlet are from Palestine, Northern Ire-                                                                                                               nesses, and yet it is nothing if not visible.
                                                                               land, Australia, Canada, England, Mexico, Italy, and the States. We                                                                                                            Graªti vocalizes all of the thoughts and
                                                                               encourage you to reproduce the contents of this pamphlet, steal its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              images locked inside our hearts and minds
                                                                               text and images, share it with your friends, and cover your streets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by an incarcerated society. Graªti makes co-
                                                                               with love and rage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              herent our frantic urges to struggle against
                                                                                                                                                                                                disclaimer                                                    the strangulation of our everyday lives. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              brilliance of graªti is not so much in the
                                                                                                                                                                            We are streetwriters. We are not particularly spe-
                                                                                                                    Completed in the spring of 2002, more than 4,000        cial. We are not professionals. You wouldn’t know                                 specific words or images, or in how many
                                                                                                                     copies of The Walls Are Alive were published and       that we are streetwriters if you met us. We are a lot
                                                                                                                     distributed by its creators, most of whom became       like you. We are just people with anger and passion                               people see them for how long, but more
                                                                                                                                                                            and hope and vision, just like you. And we create
                                                                                                                     firestarter (press and distro). This publication was   graªti as a means of speaking and acting towards a                                in the process of people coming together, re-

if graffiti didn't change anything,
                                                                                                                   produced, using the original text and pamphlet as a      free society—the kind of society that you and I, and
                                                                                                                   model and source, by CrimethInc., who in turn have       we, could actually live in together.                                              learning what they want to say and saying it.
                                                                                                                    printed 60,000 of these in various forms and print-         We write on walls with paint where we live—in
                                                                                                                           ings, one of which you are reading right now.    rather mid-sized cities with universities. We have
                                                                                                                                                                            not yet done graªti on water towers or skyscrapers
                                                                                                                                                                            or police cars. We have made plenty of mistakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The crew of graªti artists must each love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              life—and each other—enough to help keep

                   it would be legal.
                                                                                                                                                                            and we learn as we go. We know only know so
                                                                                                                            This zine and a vast variety of other           much, but what we know we are excited to share.
                                                                                                                         incindiary and topical literature can be               We work in groups and work alone. Some prefer                                 one another out of jail. They must learn to
                                                                                                                                                                            to work alone because of the ease of going out on
                                                                                                                                    obtained from us for a song.            your own time, the increased freedom of movement,                                 be close enough to communicate clearly: in
                                                                                                                                                                            and the lack of someone to blame if you or someone
                                                                                                                                                                            else gets caught. Others prefer groups for lookouts,                              whispers, in just a few seconds, and in code.
                                                                                                                          A single copy of this zine is available           decoys, and companionship. This pamphlet focuses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And so our speaking takes many forms,
                                                                                                                               for free (donations appreciated).            mostly on group work.

                                                                                                                    Bundles of 25 copies are $2 each + postage.
                                                                                                                                                                                We are sharing this publication with you be-
                                                                                                                                                                            cause if you want to create graªti as well, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from the passionate shouts on the wall to the
                                                                                                                                                                            would like you to do an excellent job. If you are                                 gentle reassurances we share when we have
                                                                                                                                                                            going to create graªti, we hope that it is brilliant,
                                                                                                                                                                            bold, strategic, and enjoyable.                                                   successfully acted and evaded the grasp of
                                                                                                                                          www.crimethinc.com                    And most importantly . . . It’s not so much that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the police.
                                                                                                                                                                            we want you to create graªti, because, you under-
                                                                                                                                          CrimethInc. Home Oªce             stand, if you create graªti, you are breaking the
                                                                                                                                                                            law. And we obviously can’t actually want you to
                                                                                                                                          PO Box 13998
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                                                                                                                                                                            break the law—that would be silly . . . But if you’re
                                                                                                                                                                            going to break the law anyway, you might as well try                              if you had a wall and plenty of paint . . .
                                                                                                                                                                            not to get caught.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               what would you say?
Preparation�                                                                                                                                                  Strategy�
There are a few things you should do before an            likely to be caught. Don’t let yourself              tion/agreed upon getaway location, it          This section aims to present strategic recom-           overpasses, stadiums, freight trains, oil          up more to incite you to try something crafty
action to keep yourself and the people you’re             get too comfortable, even if you are at              would be good to find a place to hide          mendations for maximizing the impact of                 tankers, tractor trailers, tanks, helicopters,     and ingenious.
working with (they should be people you know              the Nike megastore you drive your bike               after you’re a ways from your last target      graªti and to provoke clever and new ways of            hot-air balloons, etc.).                           • Navigate your way through a business park
and trust) safe . . . and, to enjoy yourself and not      past everyday. Being comfortable in                  (and the persyn following you). This           putting it up.                                                                                               or to a skyscraper rooftop with a 3-piece suit
get caught.                                               illegal situations is never a good thing.            location could be a well-crowded area, a                                                             For short, repetitive messages and stencils: High-     and a briefcase full of cans.
                                                          Just be alert and ready to act; anything             dumpster, a bike trail, an underground                                                                 traªc pedestrian areas seem to be the most
1. Map out the area you will be working in                can happen.                                          tunnel, a bush, or anywhere you won’t          Picking your targets                                                                                       • Wear your dirtiest clothes and stumble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      e¤ective: sidewalks, walls, benches, and
   and have an escape route to a strategic                                                                     be noticed. Here, you can leave all evi-                                                                                                                    through the streets at night with a shop-
                                                        • Try to start small and make your way up                                                             For jamming: Corporate America leave behind             whatever else is on the street.
   location (one that would be okay to go to if                                                                dence of your involvement in the illegal                                                                                                                    ping cart full of empty aluminum cans, and
                                                          to bigger projects. That way, if you are                                                              their message? Have fun with it. Play with                                                                 several hidden spraypaint cans.
   followed).                                                                                                  act and also change your appearance              existing messages or surroundings. Make
                                                          caught earlier on that night, it’s likely
                                                          your artwork hasn’t been noticed by your             with di¤erent clothing and/or hair-              people laugh. Make your space interactive.          the plan of action                                   • Create a large, multi-paneled stencil and try
2. Things to take with you:                                                                                    styles/hats.                                     Create dialogue on the walls. Oftentimes                                                                   putting it up and painting it.
                                                          interrogators and you will only be ques-                                                                                                                  Is the two lookouts and one painter routine
    • A change of clothes: to change into if              tioned about what you were seen doing.             • Also decide whether everyone is going to         the message is tthe medium.                         getting boring? Tired of the tactic of acting        • In the afternoon, on a busy city street, rope
      seen                                                                                                     stay together (choose a nearby location to                                                           normal and blending in to arouse less suspi-           o¤ a sidewalk area with yellow tape, don
                                                        • Assign roles—it may be helpful to de-
                                                                                                               meet and then all go to the get-away loca-     For large freestanding messages: Scout out            cion? Certain spots hard to get to? Below are          an orange reflector vest and a hardhat, post
    • Latex gloves: to keep your fingers evi-             cide who wants to do what for each run
                                                                                                               tion) or just go straight to the destination     spots that are highly visible and well-             several strategies—not yet attempted by us,            “wet paint” signs, and begin work with
      dence free—the more durable, the better             that evening.
                                                                                                               for escapees and wait until everyone ar-         traveled in the daytime and deserted at             but tried successfully by friends and others.          paint rollers.
    • Good running shoes                                • Lookouts: It’s ideal to have two (one look-          rives. It may be good if this location has a     nighttime (oªce buildings, highways,                Emulate them if you like, but we o¤er them
                                                          ing down either direction of the street).            telephone that could be called by anyone
    • And of course permanent markers, spray
      paint, stencils, and anything else you            • Artists: Alternate! Let everyone express             that may get arrested (assuming that at

                                                                                                                                                              To t Streets!
      desire to beautify the streets with                 his or her creativity, concerns, and ideas.          least one persyn gets away).
                                                                                                             • Who you can contact in case shit goes
  Things not to take with you:                                                                                 down: housemates, friends, someone
                                                       Getaway Plan:
                                                                                                               you may have mentioned to before the
    • Radical material/propaganda (i.e. flyers,         • Whether you go by bike, foot, or utilize             outing that you could put yourself in an
      zines, pamphlets, stickers, buttons,                public transportation, everyone should               arrestable situation, and/or lawyers (a        • Be quick. Be bold, but stay alert! Compla-           likely to report bigger stu¤, so once you do        • Try using a snap-on spraypaint trigger to
      patches: things that are good not to                feel comfortable and able to escape                  cell phone may be useful).                       cency is death.                                      big stu¤, get out of the area.                        reduce hand fatigue.
      have if caught and searched)                        by the means you decide to use. Your
                                                                                                             • Find out about local laws and know your        • Nighttime provides best cover. Always have          • If can is almost empty, don’t shake it             • Writing with really fat markers is also fun.
    • Identification: this one is your call. It’s         means should also be quick, accessible                                                                one or two lookouts. Look for pedestrians             (makes a loud noise which blows your
                                                                                                               rights—key if caught by the authorities.                                                                                                                  • Using a paintbrush may increase boldness
       good not to have on you because if you             and allow you to go where the cops                                                                    and people in cars and in windows. All are            cover). Drop it and change cans or retire for
                                                          can’t (so a bike may just be your best                                                                                                                                                                           of message, but takes longer.
       are caught you have the option of giving                                                                                                                 potential cops or whistleblowers.                     the night. The amount of paint wasted isn’t
       the pigs false information, but it may             bet). Also discuss where to meet when         4. Create action names or a way to communi-                                                                   worth a night in jail.                             • Just because a spot is hard to reach does not
                                                          on the run—at your bikes, a location in                                                             • Act nonchalant. Have bikes or skateboards.
       give them more reason to harass ya.                                                                 cate without using words. Try using a call                                                                                                                      mean your piece will stay up longer.
                                                          the area, someone’s home. . . How long                                                                Maybe cigarettes.
                                                                                                           that can be made and heard by all partici-                                                               stencils                                             • Works best if one persyn writes (consistent
                                                          do you plan to be out? The faster your           pants: barking, howling, party sounds (be          • Stay aware of your location. Roam, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Be quick and plenty (repetitive)                     handwriting), but 2 or more allow you to
3. Discuss your plan of action with your crew:            outing, the sooner you’ll be out of the          creative).                                           know where you are.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Di¤erent tips (nozzles) increase flow and            finish sooner. You should always keep at
    • Decide which institutions you plan to               range of the cops.
                                                                                                                                                              • Know when to stop. Just because no one                                                                     least one lookout. Look in every direction.
      target and what your mark may be for                                                                                                                                                                            speed the process.1
                                                        • Since you’ll probably be running away          5. And it’s best not to go on an empty stomach.        has seen you, doesn’t mean you should                                                                    • It may be necessary to roller paint behind
      each. Though this can be fun to decide              from the persyn who spotted you                   You may want to dumpster some goodies en            carry on. Otherwise, you’ll always be paint-        • Works best if one persyn holds stencil while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           your message first to increase its boldness.
      after you’re out, you need to think of              (though it is good to walk if you are a           route to your chosen destination.                   ing until you are caught and have to run              one spraypaints (both wear gloves) and one
      eªciency. Time is key. If you’re out for            lookout, and were not seen as being                                                                   away night after night.                               or two serve as lookouts.
      a long period of time, you are more                 involved) and towards your transporta-
                                                                                                                                                              • Do stencils or one or two large wall                • Keep the can in your pocket or a bag; carry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the stencil in a notebook, binder, or bag.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Acquire a package of these tips at hardware stores
                                                                                                                                                                scrawls—not both. Once a wall scrawl is up,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         or skate shops. Play around with the di¤erent tips
                                                                                                                                                                it will be noticed soon enough by the cops

Mapping it Out�
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         before you hit the streets. You will be amazed at the
                                                                                                                                                                no matter how deserted the area seems. If           Wall scrawls                                         speed with which some of the tips dispense paint.
                                                                                                                                                                doing both small repetitive stu¤ (stencils)                                                              Also, for wall scrawls, the tips often produce stylis-
                                                                                                                                                                and larger, bolder stu¤ in the same night,          • Maximum-flow tips are also helpful here for        tic e¤ects that make your piece exciting and more
                                                                                                                                                                save the large stu¤ for last. People are more         both speed and aesthetics.                         artistic than you thought you could be.
We are so isolated in this society; we hardly           b. At night (in the form of cars, cops,            • How are di¤erent sections of town used
ever realize we are engaging with specific spac-          drunks, homeless folks) and will they              (i.e. are there lots of shoppers, business-

                                                                                                                                                              Your Escape
es. We need to re-teach each other to notice              get you in trouble or provide cover?               men, students, drinkers, etc.)?
where we are, how we exist in relation to our
environment, and how we hope to re-shape the           • Who are the major fuckers in the area             • What sections of town are important to
worlds we live in. This is important not only            and how do they defend their property               the ruling elites and why? (For example:
because it will help keep us safe when out on            against creative expression?                        is there a neighborhood slated for demo-         You never want to plan to get caught, but it          you be guilty? A Louisiana state court judge             able) false information about yourself. Have
graªti missions, but in all facets of our lives.                                                             lition to build a freeway?)                      may be in your best interest to assume it is very     told one of us of a case where a working-                a city, zip code and area code memorized
                                                       • What streets lead where and how do they                                                              possible and likely if you’re not cautious (or        class man, simply trying to feed himself,                just in case.
some things to ask yourself about your                                                                   All of this information, and more, will make         even if you are). Be aware that if the police catch   was caught fishing in a no-fishing zone. The
                                                         connect to each other?
surroundings:                                                                                            your e¤orts more e¤ective. Often there is at         you running, they can tack on another charge          man’s guilt was obvious, but he walked free          • Be completely calm. Remember: you didn’t
                                                       • Are there people who might give you             least one persyn who might have a sense of           against you.                                          because the arresting oªcer, when ques-                do anything wrong.
  • What are the quickest get-away routes?                                                               answers to these questions, but it is really                                                               tioned, never actually saw the hook on the
                                                         refuge in their homes if you have to flee                                                                                                                                                                       • Be ignorant about why you were chosen to
                                                         from the law?                                   important to democratize the information.               Remember, before you even encounter the            man’s fishing line.                                    be fucked with.
  • Where are there large concentrations of                                                              We can never be too educated; the police and         police, you should try to discard or hide as
    people?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • They will try to get you to talk, but don’t
                                                       • Where can you go that the police can’t go       corporations we are struggling against always        much incriminating stu¤ as you can (paint,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What to do if stopped/                                 hesitate to ask lots-o-questions: “Am I un-
    a. During the day (to see your artwork)              with you (and/or see you)?                      know plenty about “their” territory.                 gloves, stencils, paint-covered clothes). In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           der arrest?” “May I ask why you’re search-
                                                                                                                                                              fact the best and quickest thing to discard is        questioned/searched by the pigs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing me?” “Why do you need my informa-
                                                                                                                                                              the paint can tips. It sounds silly, but if the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Have a good excuse as to why you are wher-           tion?” “Why do you need a photograph?”

          stencil instructions
                                                                                                                                                              cops find a can on you without a tip, they will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ever you may be, what you’re doing, why              “Do I smell bacon?”
                                                                                                                                                              have a very diªcult time pressing charges
                                                                                                                                                              and proving your guilt in court. If you had no          you’re out at that hour (if late) . . .            • A lighter and spraypaint work wonders on
                                                                                                                                                              way of dispensing the paint, then how could           • You may want to give them good (believ-              approaching cops!

                                                             • Draw or copy your image on a piece of paper.
                     A beginners guide to

                                                                                                                                                              Post-Action Regroup�
                                                             • Glue the paper onto a bit of card using good glue.
                    painting with stencils                   • Cut straight through the drawing and card at the same time using a very sharp
                                                               knife. Snap o¤ blades are the best. The sharper your knife, the better your
                                                               stencil looks.
                                                                                                                                                              If you avoided the law, get together soon after-      • If you get caught, work on getting out of the      law books. In all likelihood, it’s just a mis-
                                                             • Ideal card should be about 1.5mm thick—much fatter and it’s too diªcult and                    ward while ideas are still fresh in your mind           situation. Then regroup and do the above           demeanor. If you have a strong case to prove
                                                               boring to cut through. Any thinner and it gets sloppy quick.                                   and discuss failures, successes, and ways it could      stu¤, especially support. Jail can be a terrify-   “reasonable doubt,” fight it if you can. Other-
                                                             • Find an unassuming piece of card as a folder to hold your stencil in and leave                 have gone smoother.                                     ing, depressing, humiliating, belittling ex-       wise, possible punishments include com-
                                                               the house before you think of something more comfortable you could be doing.                                                                           perience. Comfort, learn, and continue . . .       munity service (usually 20-40 hours), a fine,
                                                                                                                                                              • If you want, write down stu¤, so next time                                                               paying only the costs of court (usually around
                                                             • Get a small roll of tape and pre-tear small strips ready to attach stencil to the wall.                                                                        Streetwriters . . . we need you!
                                                                                                                                                                it will be better. And if you want to help oth-                                                          $100), or a day or two in jail (highly unlikely).
                                                             • Shake and test can of paint before you leave. Matte finish comes out better and                  ers, compile everything you learned in an                                                                Oftentimes, you (juveniles, especially) can
                                                               dries quicker.                                                                                   anonymous pamphlet or flyer.                                                                             strike a deal where you agree to a punish-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    if you are caught and arrested:                      ment and your record is unscathed. Punish-
                                                             • Apply paint sparingly.                                                                         • Ensure everyone is comforted after a high-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ment also depends on your prior record and
                                                                                                                                                                stress night. Understand and discuss each
                                                             • Move around the city quickly.                                                                                                                        Be quiet. You may have to spend several              the court location (many large, urban areas
                                                                                                                                                                other’s fears, angers, joys, and doubts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hours or a night in jail. Possible charges           have tough laws against graªti). If you’re re-
                                                             • Pace yourself and repeat as often as you feel inadequate and no one listens to a                 Remember: comfort the distressed, distress
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    include “vandalism,” “destruction of govern-         ally worried, do some research into it.
                                                               word you say.                                                                                    the comfortable!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ment (or private) property,” or whatever else
                                                                                                                                                              • Tell no one of your streetwriting adventures.       the various county or city police have in their

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