"Art without restrictions"
Graffiti is a form of art, just like calligraphy is a form of writing. Very often misinterpreted by large media outlets as being vandalism and destruction of property. It is pretty much the exact opposite.
Graffiti can be made in many different ways and different styles. Tagging
is a very basic form of graffiti, where one writes his or her chosen nickname or pseudonym on a wall or similar surface.Throw ups
is a bit more complex but not really that harder than tagging. Throw ups are basically larger tags that incorporate bubble letters, drop shadow, and other things (including white outlines.)Pieces
are incredible works of graffiti, this can include characters, mixed color schemes, and can vary in size, too (one can be two stories high if you are looking in the right place.)
Graffiti also has a cousin called street art
, but that's its own form of art.
Graffiti is an artform, don't let anyone tell you the opposite.