How Graffiti Mapper Exposed Me to an Unknown World: Part 2
Graffiti comes from the Greek word ‘graphein’ which means ‘to write’.
As I continue to learn more about graffiti itself, I am still trying to reach out to as many street artists as I can. I hope to inform them about the graffiti mapper application. I look forward to hearing back from as many as possible to get their feedback on using graffiti mapper for their own work, tracking graffiti, or just for fun.
I was aware that graffiti was considered vandalism in many states and countries, but surprised to find out that there are actually ten places where graffiti is legal:
- Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia
- Warsaw, Poland
- Těšnov Prague
- Queens, New York
- Paris, France
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Sydhavnen, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Venice, California
- Burghausen, Germany
- Zürich, Switzerland
In my search for street art, I found this one to be very interesting and somewhat impressive. It is a wall painting by a 10-year-old schoolgirl named Solveig. She has earned herself a reputation as the “Female Banksy,” after creating a series of impressive graffiti artworks.
Out in the streets, there are plenty of words to know to fit in.
Here are a few Graffiti Terms:
- All-City: To go all over the city. (The effort to cover the most, with the best.)
- Bite: To copy another style, to take a writer’s style and claim it as your own.
- Black Book: A writer’s sketchbook sometimes referred to as apiece book.
- Blockbuster: Huge block letters that take up an enormous amount of space. Larger than throw-ups and used many times to cover up another writers work.
- Bomb: The action of doing graffiti. (Painting or marking surfaces with ink and/or paint.) Putting up your tag.
- Bombing: To go out and write graffiti art.
- Bubble Letters: Balloon styled letters, easily rendered, very basic. Often used for throw-ups.
- Burner: A full-fledged piece. Fully rendered letters with multiple color fills and backgrounds, characters, etc.
- Crew: A group of graffiti vandals.
- Fill-In: A throw-up with a filled in center, or simply thought of as the colored areas inside of letter patterns.
- Getting Up: The action of going out and tagging.
- Going Over: Crossing out someone else’s work with your own, with the idea that your work is better.
- King: The highest compliment given to a graffiti writer. (A person who has mastered the form and established his dominance.)
- Mad: Crazy, very advanced styles or lots.
- Pieces: Short for masterpieces, these are large, detailed drawings, sometimes in 3-D or other special effects.
- Rack: To steal.
- Slash: To put a line through or graffiti over someone else’s graffiti.
- Sick: Very, very good at technique and has great individual style.
- Tag: a stylized signature usually simple and one color.
- Throw Up: Your name in big bubble letters. (Done in less than three minutes.)
- Toy: An inexperienced writer, or a writer that has not progressed. (A term of disrespect.)
- Up: A writer that is active and has a lot of work in circulation.
- Westside: A common phrase shouted from many a parking lot, designating an affiliation or allegiance to The West Coast of the US. This was formerly a calling for and by gangs of the Westside of Los Angeles.
- Window-Down: A piece that only goes from the windows down on a subway car.
- Whole Car: A train car that is painted from top to bottom, and end-to-end. Covering all available surfaces, window
- Writer: Someone who practices the art of graffiti.
Now that I shared some tidbits that I have stumbled upon during my search, maybe you can stumble upon some graffiti that you can capture and share on our application. http://graffitimapper.org/
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