How Graffiti Mapper Exposed Me to an Unknown World: Part 2

16 August 2012 by Spatial Networks

Graffiti comes from the Greek word ‘graphein’ which means ‘to write’.

Street art

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:

  1. Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia
  2. Warsaw, Poland
  3. Těšnov Prague
  4. Queens, New York
  5. Paris, France
  6. Taipei, Taiwan
  7. Sydhavnen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  8. Venice, California
  9. Burghausen, Germany
  10. 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.

Wall graffiti

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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