In recent decades, graffiti has moved from an urban nuisance to a professional business thanks to the rise of street art as a serious creative force. And with the artform ever growing in popularity, there are now a wealth of graffiti font styles available online for creatives to use as the typography in their urban artwork.
Here, we've scoured the web to find you the best examples of free fonts in a graffiti style for designers. Enjoy!
New from French typeface design workshop ImageX is Smasher 312 Custom, a splendidly cartoony graffiti font with some lovely shading details. It comes in TTF format and it's free for personal use; if you want to use it commercially, contact ImageX.
02. Sister Spray
Get messy with this fantastically rough and ready font, again from ImageX. It's made up of a full set of spray-painted uppercase characters, plus a couple of lowercase ones for emphasis, as well as some splatters, splodges and strokes to complete the look. It's free for personal use; contact ImageX if you want to use it commercially.
03. Tag Type
Graffiti font Tag Type was created by graphic designer Andy Panchenko. A student project, Panchenko's design was inspired by graffiti tags and is free for personal and charity use.
French designer Quentin Aquila is behind this striking graffiti font Bombing. The design is free for personal use only, with commerical licenses available directly from Aquila.
05. Urban Jungle
This big, bold typeface 'Urban Jungle' was created by designer Kevin Christopher of KC Fonts. The eye-catching free graffiti font is perfect for creating stand out graffiti-style posters and flyers. There's a charge to get hold of the full font but you can do personal work to your heart's content with this free demo version.
06. Blow Brush
Designer and frontend developer Petar Acanski is behind this bold, quirky graffiti font Blow Brush. "Blow Brush is a handwritten marker style font inspired by the hip hop culture and graffiti community," Acanski comments on Behance. "Even though the main intention was to bring that street style to your content, the importance of font functionality was a top priority. The result are legible letters, clear type, a lot of variations and a font that is useful for a wider audience
07. The Fresh Prince
The first font from Team Knorke, The Fresh Prince graffiti design is one of our favourites. "We had the idea for this after some beers and a discussion about the wackness of most graffiti fonts" team member Felix Schwarze comments on Behance. "We sketched the letters pretty dirty with a standard felt tip marker – street style."
08. Gang Bang Design
Another all-cap font, designer Maelle Keita has two sets on offer for free. They are both caps, one with and one without the dripping paint element.
Created by Finnish designer Juha Korhonen, Polla is a wonderfully messy brush font, awash with smudges and splatters that will really bring your text to life. It's free for personal use, and if you want to use it commercially it'll cost you just €15/$20.
Another one from Juha Korhonen, Damsterdam is a heavyweight all-caps font made of thick, rough brush strokes, with crooked, staggered letterforms that are simply full of energy. As with Polla, it's €15/$20 for commercial use but free for personal projects.
11. Happy Brown Cat
Who can resist a happy brown cat? This isn't your traditional graffiti font, but LazyPoony's is big and bouncy and crammed with fun. It's free for personal use; if you want to use it commercially you'll have to buy this version for a very reasonable $10.
If you're after a sick tag font then you'll have a hard time finding a better one than Måns Grebäck's Ruthless Drippin ONE, combining striking calligraphic letterforms with distinctive paint drips. It's free for personal use.
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