GRAFFITI TERMS WORD LIST – SCHOOL OF NEW YORK – WANT TO LEARN THE SLANG?

Graffiti and street art have been inextricably linked to New York City since the 1970s. At that time, the Hip Hop culture turned out to be full and graffiti and street art were then mainly part of pop culture. Meanwhile, street art in New York City has evolved into a special mix of curated artwork by international artists. In some neighborhoods you can find the beautiful works of art on almost every street corner.

Not only the street scene in Amsterdam is influenced by New York. In slang, you will also hear New York vocabulary echo. “Biten”, “bombs” and “burnen” are lively examples. And strong examples of Americanized language have emerged, such as ‘digging’, ‘rocking a wall’ and ‘court rocker’. Learn the language of the spraycan and take a look at these graffiti terms.

List of Graffiti terms:

Bite:

Copy another writer’s style.

Bomb:

Paint many surfaces in an area.

Buff:

Remove painted graffiti with chemicals and other instruments, or to paint over it.

Burn:

Beat a competitor with a style.

Crew:

Loosely organized group of writers.

Fame:

What a writer achieves when he or she is up around the entire city or country.

Going Over:

Paint on top of another writer’s graffiti.

King:

A writer especially respected among other writers..

Piece:

Short for masterpiece. A large and labor intensive graffiti painting.

Piece book / Blackbook:

Book with graffiti designs and photos.

Racking:

Stealing paint, markers and caps.

Tag:

A stylized signature, normally done in one color.

Throw up:

A name painted quickly with one color outline and one layer of fill color.

Top to bottom:

Pieces on trains that cover the whole height of the car..

Toy:

Inexperienced or unskilled writer.

Up:

Writers become up when their work becomes widespread and well known.

Wildstyle:

Graffiti with stylized text, often with interlocking, three dimensional type.

Writer:

A practitioner of writing, a graffiti artist.

Yard:

Depot for (underground) trains.

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