Duct, duct, TAG!

28 Aug

So a few friends and I have decided to form a rogue duct tagging league!  Street art and temporary art are becoming more and more popular in Los Angeles and other cities so we thought we’d try our hands at it.  The concept is to use duct tape to go around tagging things in the night in order to turn every day objects such as concrete walls and telephone polls into fleeting art for all to enjoy.

There is a performance aspect to this as well.  We wore all black and ski masks and had someone film our tagging endeavors – videos to come.  The first thing we did was tag each other with different colored tape in order to tell each other apart in our stealthy get-tups.

Our duct tagging outfits!

Then we started with a background of just black and white tape.

The black and white beginning

Then, we layered in color:

Brightening up the night

We did this on a pretty quiet street but there were definitely a few people walking by checking out our operation.  It was really interesting to see people’s reactions which were mostly curious and amused.  I was surprised that no one seemed concerned about whether we were allowed to be doing what we were doing.

Twenty rolls of duct tape later, the finished product looked pretty cool!

The finished product!

I wrote "peace" in Chinese

A detail shot

The duct tape added a really cool texture to the wall and ended up being a pretty versatile medium, taking on a different look depending on the strip thickness, how it is layered and color juxtaposition.  Collaborative art is always fun and we have some great ideas for out next duct tagging league project.


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