Street Art Tutorial with Miles Wickham

Looking back at all the frustration I went through learning how to do graffiti on my own, discovering techniques incrementally over a course of 10 years, I felt that maybe I could help shorten that time for others by sharing some things I have learned. Over the years I’ve come across many graffiti artists who end up focusing their time on street tagging rather than practicing their art  because their artistic skills are minimal, and lots of them, when they get arrested, or real life starts to kick in at a certain age, end up quitting all forms of art altogether. Because I focused lots of time on the artistic aspect, I was able to change directions when maturity kicked in.

I figured I could share some basic tools to keep artists inspired to take the journey for the long run, and it seems to be working! From this series of videos I have posted on YOUTUBE, I have received so many positive responses and followers, its been a really incredible surprise. Its not unusual for someone now to tell me I have the most clear and to-the-point graffiti-related tutorials, that I should make more, and that they are truly inspired! See for yourself what the hype is about. Its honestly a bit of a push for me to go from the graffiti street tagger badass who faced doing 1 year in jail, to being seen as the “good guy” who is “giving away secrets”. I sometimes sense some fear in myself in being in the graffiti-public’s eye. But I know that the cause is greater than the risk. And risks are to be taken if growth is desired!

I have done my best to make these videos interesting to the general public with the editing, music, and  speech. They are all filmed and edited by me, and most of the music is by a good friend of mine, Dorian Lopez, a.k.a. Denzity Beats.
For those who don’t know much about graffiti, when someone says “graffiti” it does not insinuate illegal tagging. The word for that is “tagging” or “bombing”. I intend these videos to be used for artistic purposes, not vandalism. I don’t think anyone should put themselves through the trouble I did 4 years ago just to get some notoriety and adrenaline rushes, although sometimes one needs the good things taken away to really develop an appreciation and value for it.
Here is the first video. In it I explain how to use acrylics and brushes to create graffiti.

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The Morning Password by M Theresa Brown

So it begins when I decide to not procrastinate and work in the office rather than my studio.  I go to check my personal online banking account to make a payment and realize that I changed the password (since it kept telling me to) and silly me did not write it down. At least I don't think so as I could not find it. Heck it happened while I was watching some TV show (not sure which one) so I think the bank made the whole damn thing up.....but I looked "just in case."

Maybe you are one of those people who can remember all the user names and passwords of all 200 online places you visit on your computer but I, no. I have to write them all down. My original neatly printed out rendition has since become covered in my writer's scrawl as passwords change......what possessed me to think that I could "just remember" the new one and write it down later is beyond me. Especially to a bank account.

So after a few attempts, I was locked out, had to make several phone calls to the "BANKING CENTER" (big deep voice as you read this please) and had to haul my husband Steve to the phone because the joint account online does not recognize me as the nice lady who pays all the bills and supports their BANKING CENTER (deep, sonorous tones must again issue forth when you speak the name ) salaries and some high pitched nasal voice on the phone line is "feeling for my dilemma" sending me yet again to an online form to "fix the problem"......It may make you feel better to know that THEY can't see your password either. LOL-that really helps when changing the password I don't remember.

Eventually of course, (where, btw,  I did not wake up expecting to have to deal with this__ )  the problem was handled and partly resolved.....well, sort of-I can get online now..... but must physically go to my bank to prove that I am who I am to access my own money. Just think.  I purposefully put my money in the bank so I could enjoy trying to retrieve it.

I am happy. I have vented :-)

I think I need a newer, cleaner password sheet. Should I? As in right now?

Nah-going to the studio...................

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