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

Light vs. Heavy Tension: Benefits & Best Uses

Stop using that light tension! Just kidding… sort of… Perhaps the greatest misconception – and honestly one of the greatest hindrances – many lock pickers have is the inclination to only ever use light tension. That anything other than the lightest touch on our turning tools is one of the

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Types of Lock Picks

This Pick, That Pick – A Guide to the Different Types of Lock Picks

This pick, that pick, what are all these different types of lock picks for?

What is the purpose of this squiggly pick or that squiggly pick? Is there a big difference between this pointy hook and that flat hook? What are the best lock picks?

But, most importantly, should you invest your hard earned cash into all these different types of lock picks and will they benefit your ability to open locks and progress your lock picking skill?

Let’s tackle all of these questions and then go into the primary purpose of many of these different types of lock picks — their strengths, shortcomings, and when to best utilize them!

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Criminals don't pick locks, there are much easier and quicker methods to get in a home.

3 Reasons Why Most Criminals Don’t Pick Locks

One of the greatest misconceptions that plagues the name of lock picking and locksport is that the craft itself is born from malicious roots.

That lock picking is a skill based upon criminal intent and anyone wishing to learn of it beyond the scope of locksmithing must have some mischievous underlying purpose.

But if we for a moment take a step back and look at the data regarding lock picking and home burglary, along with some logical reasoning to explain it, we will see that lock picking isn’t the monster that society believes it to be.

As we are about to see, most criminals don’t pick locks.

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Is Lock Picking Illegal

Is Lock Picking Illegal? The Honest Truth

Is lock picking illegal? There is no greater question, nor deterrent, for those wishing to learn lock picking than the fear of breaking the law in the process. And rightfully so. The very nature of lock picking is to subtly bypass locks. So questioning its legality is totally understandable. So

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Types Of Locks

Types of Locks – The Complete Guide

When it comes to advancing your physical security, it can sometimes be a daunting task as at first glance there appears to be an infinite number of different types of locks. And even more disheartening, trying to determine the degree of security these different locks offer. But in truth, all

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How to Pick a Lock – The Absolute Beginners Guide

How to Pick a Lock – A Step By Step Guide To Slaying Locks

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.

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The GSP Ghost Set – The Absolute Best Beginner Lock Pick Set

Oddly enough the first headache inflicted by this awesome craft of lock picking typically isn’t from picking a lock. Rather it’s caused from beating one’s face repeatedly against the nearest hard object while trying to establish what the best beginner lock pick set is.

With so many different types of picks and random looking tools out there today — it’s truly a daunting task for anyone just starting out.

So let’s jump into what exactly you should look for when investing in lock picks, what you should avoid, and why the Peterson GSP Ghost set is hands down the best beginner lock pick set out there!

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Bobby Pin Lock Picking

The Beginner’s Guide to Bobby Pin Lock Picking

There is a strange satisfaction that comes with using bobby pins to pick locks. A satisfaction that brings with it a level of confidence that screams to the heavens, “I am the master of my destiny, let no door, padlock, nor any such annoyance stand in my way for I

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