Graffiti Fonts 4.0 Codename Burn 20
Our fonts are designed & developed by actual graffiti writers, each with decades of experience pushing the boundaries of the art form into new places, not least of which, into the digital realm. Staying true to the culture & its traditions while working to bring new innovations with every project is our primary goal. The ever-evolving & highly organic art form of graffiti lettering defies mechanical systems like type by nature. It is our mission to invest the hard work it takes to do the art form justice in that arena. Over 20 years ago, artists & designers from the San Jose CA based "Full Time Artists" crew joined forces with a handful of of other font developers & writers from around the globe to take on this challenge. This mission continues today & everything you see on this web site is the result of that work.
graffiti fonts 4.0 codename burn 20
This website & the content you'll find here are the culmination of over two decades of research, design & development. Our foundry published its first fonts on the crew homepage FullTimeArtists.com begining circa 1999. By the time we were ready to set up a dedicated site we found that GraffitiFonts.com was taken. We set up shop on GraffitiFonts.net & spent the next several years both competing & cooperating with the .com before beginning to take it over circa 2007 & finally merging the two sites circa 2012. The modern GraffitiFonts.com is the initial point of publishing for all of the original & exclusive graffiti style typefaces that we design as well as the home base for our collections of carefully curated fonts from other writers & type developers around the world. Here you'll find both free font downloads and the opportunity to purchase commercial licensing. This combination of free & commercial typefaces is known as the "Graffiti Fonts Collection". Our goal with this site is to maintain a balance between high standards & objectivity to build the largest, most comprehensive & sophisticated collection of real, graffiti style typefaces anywhere on earth & to help maintain the integrity & history of the genre as a whole.
Our first CDROM collection was released in late 2002 & was the first collection of graffiti style fonts ever assembled as a commercial product as well as the first physical, hard-copy collection. In the years that followed we released a new, larger & more sophisticated collection roughly every year. As the collections evolved they came to include stock images, vector art, templates, photo cut-outs & other supporting materials. Most of our original typefaces were released exclusively through these large, hard-copy collections up untill the 2009 release of Graffiti Fonts 4.0 Codename: Burn. The massive GF4 collection was released on a DVDROM with over 4GB of content & a full-color, 32 page instruction booklet. Four years in development, with a $600 price tag, we decided this was about as far as we should go with the collections. Since then we've focused mainly on the release of new, individual font families & the continued expansion & improvement of our existing titles but we continue to update & expand the existing four collections keeping every font family up to date & even adding new titles & new supporting materials. Updated versions of all four of the original collections are still made available today in both digital download & hard-copy formats, at their original prices.
While graffiti art & lettering itself had long-since reached a point of tremendous sophistication, the first typefaces to emerge in this genre were mostly very primative, both stylistically & technically. Mirroring the early development of graffiti itself, there is a period in the emergence of graffiti style fonts, sort of a prehistory, in which this new presence was entering the scene but had yet to find it's legs. Durring this period, the first handful of graffiti style fonts unconciously replay the days of the late 60's & early 70's before tags, throws & wildstyles. With characteristics of graffiti & an intent to emulate this modern art form these prehistoric graffiti typefaces begin to emerge in the mid to late 1990's, barely recognizable as graffiti by the sophisticated, modern standards of the time. Before more authentic or advanced graffiti type styles were developed these graffiti-ish fonts were commonly used to emulate the basic feel of modern graffiti lettering.
In 1999 we begin to see the development of more authentic, more sophisticated graffiti typefaces & fonts created by actual writers. Here practicality begins taking a backseat to authenticity. Many of these early faces are more graffiti than font. Like the tags, throws & pieces on the streets legibility to untrained eyes is not a primary concern. While many of these early faces are still very limited by digital type standards we start to see very clean vector paths more robust character sets & the emergence of true innovations in type design.
2000 - Chuck Davis (Siner), Letterhead Fonts - Def Artists Crew Released 08/14/2000, A layered type system, designed by the inventor of the layered type system who was also an actual graffiti writer. One of the most obscure graffiti fonts.
2002 - Johan WaldenstromReleased on 04/08/2002, Despite offering only 26 letters, this font added to the still very small array of fonts undeniably built to emulate graffiti handstyles & to this artists sizable contribution to the early genre.
On June 3rd 2002, with the debut of graffitifonts.com the first website dedicated entirely to graffiti style typefaces emerges. With less than a dozen real graffiti styles available & only a few of those included, the site is largely populated by graffiti-ish fonts that could be used to loosely emulate graff styles. Several of the early graffiti style tytpefaces listed in this timeline were included. Seemingly, permantently stuck as the #1 search result, this site would survive & evolve for about a decade. It was taken over by the Graffiti Fonts type foundry in 2007 but left largely unchanged until it was merged with the foundry's home site, formerly found at graffitifonts.net in 2012.
Early versions of a CDROM collection from the Graffiti Fonts foundry were created dating back to the year 2000 which included the foundries early fonts along with design templates & website assets & other digital items but in 2003 a more focused product was developed that included 3 of the foundries first fonts along with a selection of graffiti fonts from other pioneering developers. The first versions of this collection contained only 13 fonts & sold for the same $40 retail price as the stand-alone RaseOne font. Many fonts were at first omitted to keep the price low & test the market for a CDROM collection. At this point The foundry filed for the first trademark on the brand name "Graffiti Fonts". This CDROM was the first collection of graffiti fonts in the form of a physical product.
2003 Matthew (RaseOne) Napolitano - Graffiti Fonts First completed in late 2003 by Matthew (RaseOne) Napolitano for the Graffiti Fonts type foundry, the WildStlye font family replaced the RaseOne family as the most advanced wildstyle font available. Glyphs from this layered system of 5 fonts connected & interlocked more like an actual wildstyle. End pieces, flourishes, alternate glyphs, spray can & cap digngbats, a repeating cloud background & OpenType features helped set a new baseline for the translation of the graffiti wildstyle into type. Nearly a decade later, this font will be chosen to represent the impact of graffiti style typefaces on modern graphic design in the Yale University textbook "Graphic Design A New History".
2004 - Johan Waldenstrom Released on - 02/06/2004, these and other additions to the "Writers" set would bring the family up to a total of 5 styles, making it one of only a few graffiti fonts to offer a multi-part set & one of only two to reach 5 styles.
In late 2004 the 2nd edition of the Graffiti Fonts collection was released. This expanded version of the collection included more of the fourndy's exclusive fonts, including the full RaseOne layered family & a larger selectiuon of fonts from other artists. Like it's predecessor, this collection came very close to offering every graffiti style typeface on earth but, to keep the cost down, some of the more recent fonts from the foundry were omitted and some 3rd party fonts were not included. This 2nd collection sold for $100 in DVD style packaging, with a printed instruction booklet.
By this point the number of published typefaces in this genre is still just a few dozen. Monotype extended an invitation to the Graffiti Fonts foundry to distribute the CDROM collections & the individual typefaces but did not yet have a category for graffiti. The graffitifonts.com & .net websites were starting to draw substantial traffic & graffiti typefaces were starting to appear in larger scale commercial design where before one would often have seen faux graffiti, usually rendered by non-writer graphic designers. These fonts were also seeing frequent use within the Hip-Hop community from underground to commercial projects, showing up on fliers, album covers, in magazines & on clothing. Made easy by the research & curative work of the .com & .net websites, wide spread piracy began to set in, increasing the distribution of the fonts exponentially & driving the popularity of the whole genre far beyond the underground Hip-Hop circles where it first began.
With the release of the the 2nd & 3rd Graffiti Fonts collections & expansion of the still separate graffitifonts.net & graffitifonts.com web sites, the worlds catalog of authentic graffiti fonts was begininng to increase rapidly. With many new designs released & more fonts lifted from relative obscurity these collections & the associated websites achieved significant notoriety & mainstream usage which brought much greater attention