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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
the only true way to define yourself.
woke up today fellin great cuase of the graffiti i did the otherday
by sweettagga March 24, 2007
(Off topic: I agree with Jawn, Long Live Graffiti Brotha'!)
Street Art usually Spray-Painted but can also be Brush Painted,etc. Any other kind of "art"(such as writing names,body parts,etc. on walls aren't art so that's what I'll call vandalism)that doesn't depict any kind of offending image or writing is the Hip-Hop art of Graffiti.

For all these years, people have been critisizing the meaning of Graffiti...some people called it Vandalizing(Usually the cops), others called it a "waste of wall space" and a couple few called it, just a waste of time and pointless(And by the few I mean like the "Gangsta'" Rappers like P. Diddy who actually helped the U.S. to be "Anti-Graffiti" in the Nation of America).

But like Jawn said, it's art, and art is not intended to be destroyed...but even though it's written on walls(Painted)doesn't mean they want to kill somebody.
Long Live Graffiti, the true art of the soul.
by P.I.M.P. November 06, 2004
A form of art that expresses an indevidual (writer).People commonly mistake all graffiti to be associated to gangs while around only 10% is by them. The artists are known as taggers, writers and they come up with monikers or names that describe themselves or just sound cool and they develope there own style into there art. Thats how taggers eventually become "kings" by having the freshest, unique style. This is not the only graffiti however. The common sayings on bathroom stalls and other places is also considered graffiti.For example "I was here" or certain poitical sayings or even cartoon characters scribed in.
That writers up around the whoe city. Hes a graffiti king
by natetherebel December 08, 2007
Vandalism committed by gangbangers and their suburban wannabes (Who never tag up their own neighborhoods because if their parents found out, they would take away the BMW) in my friggin' neighborhood using paint, scratching glass, poo, mud, etc.

Popularized in graffiti shows by shitheads like Mark Ecko and the crappy Scion toaster company who don't like graffiti in their own neighborhoods either. It was bad enough when it was gangs marking territory. Now there are overgrown little kids who crave attention and want their tag to show up on the news. Get your parents to buy you some canvas, or go cut yourself, or take ex and nitrous, or drugs, or whatever else you do for kicks, and just hurt yourself, and leave Richmond alone you wannabes.

Those cochinos think their graffiti is art, but it just makes my ghetto look more ghetto.
by ch00mp June 13, 2009
something started by punks to say F**k You society But later copied by the rest world to write whatever they want and make themselves look really cool Something alot of teens do to call themselves gangster.
Douche- hey yall seen me tag on the wall over ther i wrote lil shadow graffiti is gangsta

punk- F*ckin Society
by Chuck256 October 04, 2010
Thoughtless, callous, and spiteful scribbling of a moronic, ugly, most often politically or artistically meaningless, and often illegible tag on public property, be it the sidewall of a residential apartment or the security grate of a storefront, done by witless adolescents who are hell-bent on keeping their ghetto neighborhood a shthole, or vindictively transforming more pleasant neighborhoods to such.
Gee, all that graffiti "art" makes the South Bronx look really nice, doesn't it? There's a real batch of fcking Michalangelo's at work down there. Write on your own sh!t, azzholes.
by slapfist February 20, 2008
An application by Facebook in which people can create pictures and messages for their friends.
Dude, Shelli just graffitied that Mona Lisa chick on my graffiti. She has no life.
by Melly Belly July 14, 2008
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