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
what people usually call graffiti was originally called writing, the art of distorting letters

graffiti-the art of wasting space on a perfectly good wall i couldve wrote on
"look at that crappy writing on that wall"
"dont call that trash writing its just sum poser doing graffiti"
by drunkamakazi November 04, 2007
Art. Graffiti is a way to express your self through a can of Krylon, a Streaker, a Crink, or a Beaker.. Outlines, Throw-Ups, Pieces, Bombs, Tags, Connecters. It's a way of life, Dangerous but it's life.
Did you see that Eres Bomb on the Church Wall? That was sick.
by Grug-Fee-tee -Graff- October 01, 2003
vandalism/ destruction of private property consisting of usually illegible nonsense painted or written in public areas. usually committed by borderline illiterate yo boys, hip hop retards, and chavs
take a ride through a crappy neighborhood- enjoy the graffiti
by drschmitty December 24, 2008
Commonly misspelled as grafitti, graffitti, grafiti, etc. Learn how to fucking spell it, and then maybe someone will respect your piece.
I write mad graffittiee!
by KMS1 June 21, 2005
the written version of hip hop
famous graffiti artists: seen, dondi,zephyr
by randomx April 02, 2006
Vandalism of public property in the form of words or pictures, often with spray paint or magic marker.

Usually contains tags, the artist's name, to mark his/her or his/her group's territory. Graffiti also contains messages of rebellion, anarchy, promotion of drug use and racial hatred.

Writing is almost always stylized and is commonly written in large bubble letters or twisted lines that overlap each other and contain sharp serifs.
Did you see that mad graffiti down by James and King?

Yeah that shit's tight! Musta taken him all night.
by Bluehawk October 15, 2005
urban art rocking the world of hella people
the frisco writers are ill(m.s.k a.w.r
1810 l.t.s
by ghostero April 14, 2004

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