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.
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.
punk- F*ckin Society
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.