How to Get Free Graffiti Supplies

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How to Get Free Graffiti Supplies
Obtaining free graffiti supplies can be accomplished in a few ways. (graffiti image by Joel Anderson from

Graffiti is a popular growing art form--whether it's a social commentary or fine art piece. Graffiti is viewed as its own art form. As it's come into the mainstream art world, there is a growing interest in graffiti and its methods. Starting out as an artist with no money is difficult, but there are ways to obtain materials for a discount or even for free. Graffiti is not always legal, so before embarking on a graffiti project, make sure your activities are legal.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Go to your local garage or mechanic's. Ask if they have any spare leftover paint from a car paint job.

  2. 2

    Contact any paint and decorating firms in the area and ask if they have any leftover paint.

  3. 3

    Enter online competitions. There are plenty of competitions for budding artists on the Internet. Some will require a submission of work and others will require the answer to a question. See for links to graffiti websites providing competitions.

  4. 4

    Offer work in exchange for supplies. Contact local businesses to see if they want a sign or display for their store. Offer to do it for free if they pay for supplies and you can keep the leftover paint and materials.

  5. 5

    Create a portfolio of work. The more you can show your talent, the more you will increase your chances of a likely investor in your talent.

Tips and warnings

  • Be polite when asking for free products.
  • Graffiti is illegal in certain areas.
  • Check with your local authority before painting.

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