The visual personifacation of hip-hop. despite what most of the ill-informed probably middle-aged suburban white people think, graffiti is only limited to stickers (postals), tags (done with pilots, flowpen, krink, homemade markers, etc.), throw ups (aslo called throwies, and done in paint. they are usually just stylized bubble letters of the writters name with 3d or drop shadow), pieces (short for masterpieces, and also known as burners, these range from relativly simple, to intricate and complex designs, a style known as wildstyle. these pieces take hours to do and are considered the highest level of graffiti), and finaly charachters (cartoonish representations of the writters alter ego). Graffiti should not be confused with vandalism, which is instead crude marking or destruction, the aim of which is to cause damage to property, regardless of aethetic appeal. graffiti is just the opposite. IF GRAFFITI WASNT ART, THEN WHY WOULD WRITTERS SPEND HOURS AND HOURS SKETCHING AND PRACTICING IN SKETCHBOOKS? also, there are things that are considered off limits and non ethical, and are not to be touched. some of these things include
residential property (unless its the house of a writter that you know personally and have beef with)
churches or places of worship
cemeteries
cars (unless obviously abandoned)
These are only the basics and different writters may restrict themselves from other things.
Graffiti is 90% of the time NOT GANG RELATED. gangs, however, are not to be confused with crews. crews are a group of writters. thats it. theres no drugs or crime (othere than graffiti) involved with the crew. crews usually have initiations like tagging a police car, or getting up in an open space etc. crew names are usually three letter abbreviations like DFM, or PCK etc.
Again, the motivation for graffiti IS NEVER VANDALISM. if that is the motive, then it simply isnt graffiti. motivation varies from writter to writter, but is usually
respect as a writter
fame
to see his own work
This is achieved by getting up. getting up is the act of getting your work up around the city. if you get up enough, your considered to be "all city", but this hardly happens. also, your art and style speaks for your reputation. for example, if your handstyle is wack, or your throwies drip (unintentionaly), or you go over better writters for no reason (no beef with them) then you may be considered toy. toy stands for Trouble On Your System, and is the lowest form of graffiti writter.
Graffiti doesnt have messages, unless its some kind of side quote next to a piece. messages of anarchy and rebellion are considered vandalism.
Stay up y'all.
Suke-one
Graffiti:
(names are fictional urbandictionary editors!)
alex: hey joey, i drew a penis on this tools mailbox it waas sweet!
joey: cool alex! i wrote anarchy on my neighbors audi!

writter: stupid toys.
by Suke-one June 19, 2007
Graffiti is artistic vandalism. It is a form of creative expression characterized by the act of defacing public or private property. the term refers to images or artistic lettering scratched, scrawled, painted, or marked on property generally not owned by the graffitist. Graffiti is an issue surrounded by a great deal of controversy regarding its validity and legality; many consider graffiti to be a progressive and meaningful art-form while others regard it as unwanted, unsightly damage to personal property.
Girl:
Look at that gorgeous mural, the artist must be incredibly talented. He turned that boring brick wall into an artistic masterpiece.

Boy:
Graffiti isn't art, it's vandalism. That boring brick wall was not his to paint.
by freehugsforsale April 21, 2009
One of the 4 elements of hip-hop arts. Initially writing or drawing with colorful colors with paint on walls, one of my favourite arts of all can also be abbreviated as graff
Look at all o' those phat graffs
by cygnuz October 02, 2004
A type of art where the graffiti writer can express themselves with their own style and influence in their peices, throw ups or tags. Graffiti has nothing to do with gangs, gang violence or defacing private property, as the media portrays it.
Bob: Did you see that gang graffiti up on 3rd street?

Joe: That's not gang graffiti, dumb shit.
by RunawayBombers January 14, 2011
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, graffiti is “an inscription or drawing made on some public surface…a message or slogan…” As an artist, graffiti provides a platform for self-expression, in which the context of urban existence is directly informed, referenced and influenced by. As a student, graffiti was the only art form that provided representation of my community, my music, and my values. As an educator, graffiti has the potential to engage youth with familiar priorities of urban identity, agency, and navigation. I propose graffiti is a containment of identity, as defined by Margot Waddell, by allowing me to build an identity based purely on the merit of my efforts, liberating me away the marginalization of my physical identity. “Tagging is not simply an act of vandalism or violence; it is a social practice with its own rules and codes – a literacy practice imbued with intent and meaning.” – MacGillvray & Curwen

Graffiti. (n.d) In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

MacGillivray, L., & Curwen, M. S. (2007). Tagging as a Social Literacy Practice. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 50(5), 354-369.

Waddell, M. (1998). Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality. New York: Routledge.
by Kane One October 06, 2010
The term for irrelevant, unimportant, or annoying Wall posts on social networking websites such as Facebook.
I went to check my Facebook for that link you gave me, and I couldn't find it because of all the graffiti!
by Shotgun Ninja February 11, 2011
Illegal art and my cure to chronic masturbation.
Instead of masturbating, I went out and vandalized some stuff. Fuck yeah for graffiti!"
by jemmyjoon September 20, 2010
A popular pastime for poor people and children with ADHD. One of the reasons why we can't have nice things.
"Daddy, who put all that scribble on the walls?"
"It was those long-hairs from the Occupy Wall St movement. It's their way of saying they the hate people who give them money. People like us. They call it graffiti."
by Reggie_dunbar November 11, 2011

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