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What is Graffiti Art?

Graffiti art is a type of visual art in which pictures or words are created on public property using a variety of methods, including spray painting, stenciling, and tagging. Graffiti art has a lengthy history that dates back to ancient civilizations, but in the 1960s and 1970s it rose to prominence in urban society. While vandalism and criminal behavior are frequently connected to graffiti art, it has also developed into a celebrated form of art in its own right, with several artists receiving acclaim on a global scale for their efforts. Graffiti art may be created in a variety of ways, from simple throw-ups and tags to elaborate murals and multiple burners.

Here is a dictionary of some of the most often used terminology in the graffiti community so that you may better comprehend the world of graffiti art:

  1. Aerosol art: A type of graffiti art that is created using spray paint.

  2. Bombing: The act of quickly creating graffiti art in public spaces, often with the intention of creating as many pieces as possible in a short amount of time.

  3. Cap: The nozzle of a spray paint can that controls the width and shape of the spray.

  4. Piece: Short for “masterpiece,” a term used to describe a larger, more elaborate graffiti art piece.

  5. Stencil: A template that is used to create a specific shape or design in graffiti art.

  6. Tag: A stylized signature or nickname that is often used by graffiti artists to identify themselves.

  7. Throw-up: A type of graffiti art that is created quickly and with a limited color palette, often using bubble letters.

  8. Burner: A high-quality graffiti art piece that is usually created with multiple colors and intricate designs.

  9. Wildstyle: A type of graffiti art that is characterized by complex lettering and interconnected shapes.

  10. Wheatpaste: A type of glue that is used to attach paper or posters to surfaces in public spaces.

  11. Mural: A large-scale painting or artwork that is created on a wall or other large surface.

  12. Crew: A group of graffiti artists who often work together to create large, collaborative pieces.

  13. Legal wall: A wall or other public space where graffiti art is allowed or even encouraged.

  14. Buffing: The act of covering up or removing graffiti art from public spaces, often done by city officials or property owners.

  15. Street art: A broader term that encompasses various forms of visual art created in public spaces, including graffiti art, murals, stickers, and installations.

While vandalism and criminal behavior are frequently connected to graffiti art, it has also developed into a celebrated form of art in its own right, with several artists receiving acclaim on a global scale for their efforts. Some towns have even accepted graffiti art, enabling artists to decorate and animate their neighborhoods with big murals and other works in public locations.


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