How To Turn A Tag Into A Piece
A tag is a signature, written consistently, and developed over time into an original icon or symbol.  A
person's tag is his or her alternate identity, like a nickname. A tag has style.

A piece (short for masterpiece) is an elaboration of someone's tag into bigger, broader, ornamental,
3-dimensional letters. Both tags and pieces start from the same place, and by understanding one, you
can understand the other. There are as many different techniques for  turning tags into pieces as there
are graffiti writers who create them. Here is one method we have found that works really well for
beginning students who are learning how to draw graffiti letters.
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Step 1. Write out your name in pencil using tag style letters (see our graffiti tag alphabet page here).
Step 3. Use a dark marker to draw around the outline of the letters and erase the pencil lines. Smooth all
the edges of the letters.
Step 4. Now redraw  (or trace) your finished design on a fresh sheet of paper. Add 3-D ,using one of our  
instruction pages on
how to draw 3-dimensional letters here. Add  a forcefield for a finishing touch (a
forcefield is an outline around the whole word).
Your goal is to create a nice composition, where all the letters work together. One way to do this
is to cut each letter out separately, then move them around on a piece of paper. Turn them at angles,
overlap them a little bit, make some higher or lower, until the letters fit together in a layout that you
like, then tape them down and trace them.

A shorter method is to just trace them, placing each letter close together, to form a nice composition.
Step 2. Draw bars around the lines in each letter to thicken it.
For a free handout of this lesson click on image below to enlarge and print.
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