One of the most important design elements in graffiti art is the arrow. Arrows express movement and
energy. In her groundbreaking book “Tag Town”,
Martha Cooper photographed vintage tags in her
Washington Heights neighborhood, still visible from the early 1970’s to 1980’s. Many of these tags
contained arrows (as well as stars, hearts and crowns). From studying the images of the early tags in
her book, we realized that the complex variations of arrows we see in today’s Wildstyle graffiti letter
forms  originally developed from these simple, early tags. Wow!
WHY ARROWS ARE SO IMPORTANT IN GRAFFITI  LETTERFORMS

An arrow is an internationally understood symbol that is used on signs to simply indicate direction, as in "Entrance" or
"Exit". In graffiti art, however, an arrow is a powerful, visual tool that is often combined with letters to give them motion
and energy. An arrow guides the eyes of the viewer in a specific direction. An arrow can project out from any side of a
letter, weaving in and out, backwards and forwards, and around in circles, across a two-dimensional surface, creating  
depth and rhythm. Graffiti artist Ezo, once told us that every graffiti writer has his or her own arrow and it's true: the
variations and design possibilities of an arrow are endless. An arrow can be drawn in all shapes and sizes;  thick and
chunky or long and spindly, pointy or squared, single or with multiple ends. An arrow can organically follow the flow and
direction of a
letter, like a vine. Or it can blast off of the side from which it protrudes, like a missile, as in the artwork of the
RAMMELLZEE, called
Gothic Futurism.

So, early graffiti writers incorporated simple arrows and other basic design elements into their tags to make them stand
out and command attention. From that simple beginning, the arrow has evolved into a complex and elaborate work of
art on its own. For example, graffiti writer and artist
Mare 139 creates beautiful, 3-dimensional sheet-metal sculptures
that contain only arrows, with light and space as parts of his designs.

We think arrows are a fascinating and diverse element of graffiti  letter forms, providing artists and students with
continuous possibilities for innovation and style. We totally love arrows.

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In these examples, you can see clearly how
the arrows were formed as part of the
letters themselves. The arrows flow
continuously from the ends of the strokes
of the letters.
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learn how to draw graffiti arrows
To draw your own tag letters with
arrows, try this exercise from our
page
 "How to draw a tag-style
letter "M".

Then, let's take it one step
further. Choose a couple of "M's"
that you drew and
add arrow heads coming off the
ends of the letters, following the
direction of the lines.
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