Defining what makes a graffiti font isn't as easy as you would think. That's because the word ‘graffiti’ today means something very different to a few decades ago. Once associated with ugly, scrawled obscenities and inner-city blight, the rise of creative, attractive and thoughtful street art has brought it into firmly in the mainstream.
Its influence can be seen across numerous creative disciplines, from album art to advertising, and as part of this renaissance there’s a wealth of themed graffiti fonts to use in your typography projects.
In this post, we've collected together the best free fonts with a graffiti influence, so you can bring some street art style to your project. From spraypaint, splatter and stencil styles to brush lettering, handmade approaches and beyond, we've got it all covered. Enjoy!
01. Hoodson Script
With a bouncy baseline and a perfectly paired complimentary marker font, this retro style graffiti font comes with handy bonus swashes. Created by Hendra Dirtyline(Dirtyline Studio), it is free for personal use or $17 for a commercial license.
This colourful bubble writing packs a vibrant punch. Created by graphic designer Mike Karolos, this font is totally free and although it is only available in a png format (it's not keyable), it does also come in a black and white option.
03. Knight Brush
Inspired by the vintage era, Hendra Pratama created this font with hand-painted signage in mind. This adaptable font is made to resemble real brush strokes and is a bold choice. The free version is a demo for personal use only, and you can download the full commercial option for $15.
04. Fat Wandals
Fat Wandals, created by Mans Greback, is a free, personal use-only version of his Wandals font family. It's a great-looking script font with lovely flowing strokes that look like they've been done with a chisel-tip marker, and it comes with a full set of characters with loads of variants and all the punctuation you'll need.
05. Don Graffiti
Created by Don Marciano, Don Graffiti is an old-school graffiti font that's ideal for giving any project that extra urban touch. It's an all-caps font that comes as an .OTF file featuring 197 glyphs with variants, numbers and punctuation.
06. Scare Arms
Put the frighteners on with this graffiti font from Chequered Ink. It's an all-caps, horror-inspired offering with a scratchy, eroded look to it, making it ideal for drumming up some scares, and it's free for personal use.
07. Grizzly Attack
If grizzly bears decided to try their paws at graffiti by scratching directly onto the wall with their claws, then it might look something like this striking script font by Rometheme. It's all-caps, with numerals and a decent selection of extra characters.
08. Crevice Stencil
A stencil font that steers an original path between ornate and edgy, Crevice Stencil is a free font created for the community by Bath design studio Chequered Ink. You can use this font for free in personal projects, but if you want to use it for commercial purposes you’ll need to purchase a licence.
09. Mersey Cowboy
Another font from Chequered Ink, this one’s more closely aligned with the splatter side of graffiti. Mersey Cowboy is a great choice if you want your type to look messy and chaotic, but still very readable. Again, this graffiti font is free for personal use, but you’ll need to shell out for a licence to use it commercially.
Nebulous is a decorative free font that brings a touch of distressed sci-fi chic to the stencil font category. Created by Brazilian designer Pobrenerd, this font is free for both personal and commercial use.
11. Black Top
If you’re looking for that artfully scrawled look, then handwritten graffiti style font Black Top could be the answer to your prayers. Brought to you by SixAbove Studios, a creative agency from Connecticut, USA, it includes alternates, ligatures and bonus elements. Note that this font is free for personal use only.
Heavily influenced by old-school stencilling, Humger is a gritty, uppercase, narrow textured typeface. It was created by Lebanese designer Wassim Awadallah, who's offering it up for free for use in both personal and commercial projects.
13. Sloppy Paint
Sloppy Paint looks exactly like it sounds, replete with happy, day-glo colours and fat, cartoony shapes. Created by Japanese game designer Darrell Flood, aka dadiomouse, this graffiti font is free to to download for your personal use, Flood asks that a minimum of $10 be donated for commercial use.
14. Thickedy Grunge
Another great font that looks exactly as its name suggests. Another font created by Bath design studio Chequered Ink, it’s free for personal use, but if you want it for a commercial project you’ll need to buy a licence.
Fibre is a handwritten, all-caps font with a wild and scratchy feel to it. At the same time, the kerning and font metrics have been designed to provide a clean and easy reading experience, so it's not a case of style over substance. Created by Latvian studio Wild Ones Design, this font is free for personal use in return for your email address.
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16. Metro Grunge
Metro Grunge is a free font from Peter Olexa, a freelance designer from Bratislava, Slovakia. Fizzing with the energy of the underground (both metaphorical and actual), this font is free for both personal and commercial use.
17. Extreme Travel
Extreme Travel Font is a grungy graffiti-style font created by Colombian graphic designer and illustrator Luis Jaramillo. It comes with an inventive look that’s basically white lettering stencilled out of a spray-painted, splattery background. This demo font is available to download for free for personal use only.
18. Humblle Rough
Humblle Rough is a handwritten brush typeface with a heady street-style look. This free graffiti font has an imperfect, freehand flow. This is another font created by Dirtyline Studios, and is free to download for personal use only.
Created by Bulgarian designer Dessy Davidova, Flow is ‘inspired by irregularities’. It seems to effortlessly hit the sweet spot between elegant and freestyle that makes it well suited to graffiti themed projects.
20. Broken Wings
Broken Wings is a jagged, unnerving typeface from Bdstrd Std that includes large and small caps, as well as standard numbers and characters. It’s free for both personal and commercial use.
BRUX is a brush font that’s both geometrically rigid and stylistically distressed, making it perfect for graffiti-themed projects. Including Swedish, German and Spanish characters, it’s the work of Stockholm-based art director Marcelo Reis Melo. It’s free for both personal and commercial use, although donations are appreciated for commercial use.
22. Vitruvian Man
This font is wild, wild, wild: if you want to draw out the angry, vandalistic side of graffiti culture, Vitruvian Man could well be a great choice. Designed by Chequered Ink, this font is free for personal use only.
23. Youth Fury
Need to evoke the original style of vandalistic graffiti? The aptly named Youth Fury summons the spirit of disaffected youth. The work Colombian graphic designer and illustrator Luis Jaramillo, it’s free to download for personal use only.
24. 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.
25. 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 use.
26. 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."
27. 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." Available as a demo, or €10 for the full version.
28. Gang Bang Crime
Another all-cap font, designer Maelle Keita has two sets on offer, one with and one without the dripping paint element. This font is free for personal use only.
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.
from Creative Bloq http://www.creativebloq.com/typography/free-graffiti-fonts-11121160