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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
amusing defacement of public toilets.
(standing at the urinal): look up
(looks up): now you're pissing on your shoes
Unwanted art and expression on public or private property. Causes monetary distress to the owner of the "canvas", and a feeling of wanting to kick the ass of the punk that expressed himself.
"It cost me $1000 to have the graffiti removed from the side of my shop."
by Tony1234567 June 24, 2005
Completely illegible nonsense written on private property.

Often people consider graffiti art, however it is not in any way, shape or form. It is aesthetically ugly, and most often all looks the same.
Did you hear that John, the misguided delinquent got busted for graffiti'ing?
by stottpie September 01, 2006
Newspaper of the streets. Contrary to the relatively recent "art" interpretations that naive hip-hoppers have applied to graffiti, it is instead the longstanding form of communication by street gangs. Gangbangers place complex designs on public and private property to identify turf, to intimidate or disrespect enemies, and to display action orders.

Hip-hoppers who make impassioned defenses of graffiti as some "cultural artistic expression" simply confuse the issue for people in the mainstream. In its newest and least form, graffiti is simple vandalism by naive hip-hoppers. In its oldest and worst form, it is a mode of communication for domestic terrorists (gangbangers).
Hip-hop tagger boy thought it was a cool visual element to paint gleaming golden crowns upside-down in his graffiti. Then the LKs caught up with him and shot him four times in the base of his skull.
by Alan Keyes August 18, 2004
graffiti is sometimes used to communicate between gangs but is also sometimes art..
(guy 1) hey did you see johnnys graffiti at the train tracks.
(guy 2) yea hes cool
by Tim11230 September 15, 2005
spray painting girls
girl ill graffiti you whatever color you want.
by ULTRAW September 18, 2003
A stupid, ugly "form" of art that is a way of destroying property in the city that taxpayer dollars pay for.

An art that is drawn on walls, busses, houses ect by people whose parents could never afford to buy them coloring books.
Is that graffiti gangsta art or sometihng copied out of my little sisters coloring book?

Hey look at the gangsta over there scribbling graffiti! Hey here comes the police! Better pick up those pants and run!
by topgun October 10, 2005

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