Handstyles are one of the most important and fundamental aspects of graffiti. The way writers choose to stylize their letters and who/where they grab influence from is important to the development of their style. Tags are all about flow and accuracy.
Though sometimes overlooked, Chicago writer’s handstyles are impressive when you consider how writers are always under the pressure of being seen and forced to put their name up as quickly as possible while still maintaining style. Being able to hit quick tags while staying lowkey is crucial to getting up. This produces a lot of dope hands through a variety of styles; some legible, others only legible to those who recognize the style and can decipher the flair. Here’s a collection of photos showcasing some Chicago handstyles.