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An element of the Hip Hop culture misinterpreted and misrepresented by the mainstream media, and most especially hated by affluent (usually white) businessmen who don't understand the roots or meaning of the writing on the walls.

Contrary to popular belief, Graff is NOT any of the following: writing on houses of worship, people's houses in general, other writer's names, or tombstones. The aforementioned need not be identified with bus, train, subway and wall burners. That's REAL graffiti, the visual aspect of Hip Hop accompanied by the physical (breakdance), verbal (emceeing), and rhythmic (turntablism).

Since Graffiti is an element in Hip Hop just as important as DJing, MCing and Breaking, any assault on Graffiti (i.e., calling it "vandalism", "not art", etc.) should be viewed as an assault on Hip Hop altogether.

From the beginning, the powers that be have sought afte the destruction of our culture, from transit authorities chasing after writers, to housing police harassing people at block parties, to lawsuits being filed against DJs for sampling ("copyrighted" material). Now it may seem like everything is okay since Rap has hit the mainstream, but the major corporations threaten its existence every day. Remember the last Rap video you saw on TV. Did you see any tags, any DJs working the wheels of steel, any B-Boys tearing up the floor, any MCs really rocking the party? Or was it just images of scantily clad females, guys flashing their "bling", and "gangstas" shooting their guns off? Chances are it was the latter, the money-making gimmick that corporations such as MTV make money off of today.

These very same corporations, usually headed by conservative individuals who "care" about their buildings, are the organisations which lobby for tighter anti-graffiti laws. So it may seem that "Hip Hop" is all well with mainstream America, but they're actually destroying us from within, in more than one way.
Long live Graffiti!
by jAwN June 29, 2004

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an art form, generally associated with the hip hop community
has become a largely caucasian practiced artform but still has close roots to hip hop
unfortunately since it became so popular among all aspects from rich to poor has become a competition and has lost its free feeling of doing whatever you want and expressing yourself through paint and markers, now kids are upsessed with calling each other toys and has become away for suburban white kids to feel like bad ass graffiti gangsters just because they can draw better then some other kid, although the free feeling of graffiti is still alive theres always the threat of a rival graffiti crew beating you up for painting under a bridge over there piece, this mainstreaming of graffiti is both helping writers become more widely accepted and not have to worry about the law or societys views so much but has also come with its consequences such as these "graffiti gangsters", stop calling kids toys and talking shit, your just destroying the culture and freedom that graff is all about, everybody started somewhere, and all you "non-toys" all sucked ass at graff at one point to, let em learn
kids practicing his graff on a wall
graff gangsters:hey kid your a fuckin toy stop painting
*kids kick his ass*
kid goes home discouraged, never writes again, graffiti dies a little bit more

THANKS "REAL WRITERS"!
by thedudeman9999 July 13, 2009

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The act of getting your name up... the majority of the writers do it in a writing sense, not promoting a gang. Alan Keyes disgraced the term, and perhaps doesn't realize that writers have been bombing the system since the 60's, unlike most any gang.
Graffiti is a way of life, not a throwup that some toy did to call out a gang, that shit is just scribbles for dumbasses.

DAMN! I can't wave to my friend because I am afraid I am gonna get shot, damn those gangs and their hand symbols... and fuck alan keyes.
by SiNEjde December 25, 2004

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Graffiti is for graffiti artists. No one else. Graffiti is a crime, and thats part of the beauty. Its a punch to the state. People say its misunderstood. It is what it is. Government, the pigs, the public all hate it and give it a bad name blah blah blah... Well good. Us graffiti artists could care less if you like it or you hate it, actually its probably better if you hate it and it pisses you off. Whats the point of it all? Getting known through out the graffiti community, being recognized for doing the dangerous and daring and making art mean while. Its art and anarchy combined.


BOMB WALLS NOT COUNTRIES
Drone(Walking to work) : ohhh my god! that writing is ugly and its destructive!

Graffiti Artist(incognito): yeeaaahh thats right bitch...
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Art on a wall. IT is awesome
" Dude lets go graffiti the back of auto zone."
by jojojojojo June 27, 2006

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"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.
by Treasonous October 23, 2011

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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.
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A broad term used to describe the many forms of urban art. Commonly associated with:

1. tag
2. piece
3. throwie/throwup,
4. handy/handstyle,
5. bomb/bombing
6. stencil
7. toy
8. writer
9. all city king
1. the writing of someones name on any sueface in an aggresive/street style
2. a well thought out and excecuted mural. Usually with the permission of the owners/buisness. Takes time and shows skill, effort, and/or appreciation for the graff style in which it is presented.
3. a quick style of graffiti usually represented in the form of bubble letters.
4. the ever-changing signature of a graffit artist.
5. to intentionally paint the streets with ones "art". (i say this because many individuals attempt to bomb before they have created a respectable style, and instead, litter the streets with unwanted/needed paint. it then becomes the job of more established artists to return civility to the graff community by covering up their hideous mess)
6. cut-n-spray teqnique used to cover a vast number of wallspace in the least time possible
7. lowest form of a graffiti artist. not an artist, but rather someone who writes their name simply because they can. they are given no respect by the graff community and therfore, have to work twice as hard to gain respect.
8. someone who devotes much time and energy in formulating a style that many look up to/copy for future reference.
9. Cope2
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