About Ryan Brown

About Ryan

Ryan Brown is the founder of Art of Lock Picking and has been picking locks for over a decade. His journey into the craft began one fateful day when he found himself locked of his home and had nothing but a few paperclips in his backpack. After picking this first lock, his interest and love for lock picking found no limits. With a degree in Commercial Aviation and Philosophy, Ryan spends his days flight instructing while contemplating the meaning of a good beer. He has an immense desire and enthusiasm to instruct about those things that he finds a passion for and longs to spread his love and knowledge of lock picking.

Join Ryan and learn the craft of lock picking!

Stuff By Ryan

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Locks
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5 Ways to Make Your Old Locks a New Challenge

You should never continue to pick a lock that you have already beaten several times. If you pick the same lock enough times in the same way you’ll eventually memorize the process of picking that particular lock. From there on, picking that lock becomes more about recalling a series of vague events rather than relying on your skill.

As a matter in fact, continuing to pick the same lock over and over can actually put you a few step back in progressing your skill. As they say — if you don’t use it, you lose it.

So continuing to challenge yourself is crucial for improving but the problem is, this can get expensive. How can we be expected to buy a new practice lock every time we conquer one? Beating a lock should be a time for excitement and joy, not a time to feel sorrow for our wallets.

Lock Sport Interview
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Interview With the Infamous Waddac2

Anyone that has been picking locks for sport long enough has very likely run across the name Waddac2 or has even stumbled across his epic YouTube channel full of nuggets of wisdom.

As well as being a very accomplished picker, he is also an astounding photographer and has given us some of photos to scatter throughout this interview!

Without further ado, here is Waddac2!

Best Locks For Learning Lock Picking
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9 Best Locks To Quickly Learn Lock Picking

One of the quickest ways of progressing in any craft is knowing exactly what steps to take, and in which order to take them. With lock picking this can be as simple as knowing which locks to focus on first.

With every new lock you pick, you’ll walk away with some new knowledge — a lesson taught through the sweat and struggle of picking.

The purpose of this little guide is to give you a progression of locks that will not only give you the greatest lessons, but do so in an order that will prepare you for the next lock on this list.

From absolute beginner to tackling serrated security pins — all in 9 locks!

What is Lock Picking
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What is Lock Picking? The Good, the Bad, and the Not So Ugly

For every great journey, there is an unusual beginning. A moment of decision in which we walk the line between taking our first step forward or turning away and venturing in a different direction. It is often at this line that we contemplate the value of stepping forward — its

Lesson 1: How to Pick a Lock – The Absolute Beginners Guide
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Lesson 1:
How to Pick a Lock – The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

It is often thought that learning how to pick a lock requires some Zen-like focus. That you must sit quietly in some candle lit room for hours upon hours to find any success at the craft of lock picking. But it is in fact quite the opposite. The basic concepts and techniques of lock picking can be learned and applied easily within an hour.
This guide is for the absolute beginner and comprehensively covers all the essentials required to successfully pick basic locks.