Writings On The Wall


Good ideas may be right in front of you, literally. Oldskool_rider was doing what he loves best, riding his BMX with an analogue goodie in hand – searching for the perfect shot. Passing some graffiti on the way to his next meet up he realized that you do not need graffiti motifs to actually shoot graffiti!

As long as you have a permanent marker, a dark room and some imagination you should be fine!

Here’s how:

  • Unwind the film in your darkroom
  • Whip out your secret weapon – the permanent marker – to write on the film (remember, if you write with a black marker the text will be white when you develop your shots)
  • When you are done writing – roll the film back up and shoot again!
  • Don’t tell your lab what you have done as they will refuse to develop your negatives claiming that it will ruin their chemicals (it won’t as it’s permanent marker)
  • Have fun!

written by oldskool_rider on 2009-03-03 #gear #tutorials #film #graffiti #analogue #bmx #labrats #tipster


  1. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    Very cool! I keep meaning to try this - but suffer from being occasionally lazy! But i will do it - i will - or just let oldskool keep doing it!

  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great tipster! I thought about this too, and as matt didn't find the occasion to make it... but I think I'll try it out one day! :)))

  3. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    yea gotta be done one day!!! safe tip!!

  4. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Sounds fun! I'll need a darkroom now.

  5. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    i love it!

  6. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    nice! thatll spice up a boring color neg.

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Excellent, and on shot 8 you really have the impression it's actually written on the wall !!!

  8. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    love this !

  9. hhjm
    hhjm ·

    ha..ha..ha great!!!!! I always try to follow your technique.

  10. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    These are awesome. I've been admiring these for some time. I will for sure give it a try one day.

  11. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    This is absolutely fantastic!
    The gallery is beautiful!

  12. la0da
    la0da ·

    tats cool man...must try it!!!!

  13. cyanwater
    cyanwater ·

    cool idea!

  14. ukaaa
    ukaaa ·

    Great idea and results!

  15. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    if i stuffed a towel under the door crack in my bathroom and turned the lights out would that still not be enough? :(

  16. lfuentesp
    lfuentesp ·

    I will try that ASAP!

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