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
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
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.
(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.
Illegal art and my cure to chronic masturbation.
Instead of masturbating, I went out and vandalized some stuff. Fuck yeah for graffiti!"
The act of marking a surface with markers/mops,aerosol paint,bucket paint,tar,scratching the surface,etc. It is usually done illegally on private or public property. Legal work is not graffiti, it's graffiti influenced art. Graffiti has exsisted since cave drawings, but modern graffiti (other than gang graffiti) didn't begin until the early to mid 60's in philly.It is often misunderstood by the mainstream as being hip-hop. Graffiti is an important part of hip-hop, but hip-hop is not an important part of graffiti. It exsisted way before hip-hop. There is no one type of person(writers) who creates graffiti. People of every race,religion,gender,age,sexual oreintation,or social class participate.
look to the streets for examples of graffiti.
graffiti fucks the man by making "counter culture" messages available to everyone through killer aesthetics: murals, stencils, etc. graffiti is NOT just vandalism.
A fun illegal crime that involves ruining walls with profanity
Mickey your under arrest for doin graffiti on public property
a peace of art but people treated as something that is really bad so because of that people define it as a felony witch is not true because a lot of define it as art.
if they see a wall with graffiti letters people think is really bad so they don't agree with it.
writing your name or given name on a wall. usually done in big bubble like colorful letters. and urban art form. toronto bombshelter big word up. hype hype hype hype hype
you gonna come do graffiti tonight?
A free expression of ART! whos artists are pushed down by the mainstream cultures of our world, but it wont ever stop people from expressing themselves through graffiti. its not vandalism as sum people say, its more a free art show for all you matrix mutha fuckers out there, so just shut up and enjoy it!
dick: those vandals sprayed graffiti all over my wall *waa waa waa etc etc*
passer by: Fuck up and enjoy it u matrix mutha fucka!