Anonymous said: Philly handstyles look like a sloppy mess to me... I know it's supposedly the birthplace of graffiti but I don't get how skill is involved. California has real dope writers with clean calligraphy and emphasis on clarity in the letter forms... even legends of Philly look like child's attempts at drawing. No disrespect - just looking for an explanation maybe
Philly handstyles are unique and some of the most widely copied in the graffiti world, Anonymous. Philly has its own style, which is more than what a lot of other cities can say. Tall-hand wickeds/wickets (I’ve heard it spelled and said both ways) are something that was distinctly Philly at one point before everyone started copying each other. Philly is also one of the few places where you could see enormous tags from the ground to as far up as the writer could reach.
California from what I’ve seen is more about piecing than it is about tags. The east coast cities, particularly Philly and NY are more known for their bombing, but still have some outstanding piecers.