When I heard about Paint Your First Graffiti I was beyond excited, of course, as an artist but also the rebel inside of me was just waiting to burst out. I had thought many times about practising at the abandoned places I go to but it would always mean more gear to carry alongside my camera and tripod. Paint Your First Graffiti is an introductory graffiti class held by the talented Sylvain, a Parisian graffiti artist with 15 years of graffiti under his belt. Located at Mauer Park, its the only legal spot to spray paint in Berlin.
Our group met outside a coffee shop near Mauer Park and I was already itching to get to know everyone. We had soon-to-be artists from Beijing, Hong Kong, South America, California and the Philippines, and everyone was ready to get their paint on. Sylvain took us into a coffee shop and gave us the graffiti low down. He told us amazing stories of his time as an artist and gave us all the tools we needed to get started. We practised styles and techniques on paper and the beauty of it was that you did not even need to be good at drawing.
Sylvain then went to paint the walls white to give us a blank canvas to work on and proceeded with a tutorial on how to paint our first graffiti. We were given the building blocks and structure to make a truly professional looking piece, and Sylvain supplied us with a selection of colours to go crazy with.
We were supervised by Sylvain who also gave us tips and suggestions on how to improve our style and technique. I decided to go really colourful and girly as this is not my usual style and I felt it worked out pretty well! I felt very comfortable with spray paint and it was so much easier than I’d expected (I was expecting to ask Sylvain to paint over my failed attempts). Paint Your First Graffiti was such a unique and fun experience and I can highly recommend for anyone visiting Berlin who wants to do something different. You can book your first graffiti at the end of the blog post.
Video music by Malou
I had such a great time with the group and Sylvain was a wonderful teacher. I now feel confident to practice my graffiti style (legally in Mauer Park of course) and find my own way. Watch out Berlin graffiti scene – there’s a new kid on the block!
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