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.
Nozzles that attach to the top of spray cans. For example, skinny and fat caps.
2. Catch a tag
Tagging a name somewhere.
A collective of graffiti writers who paint together.
4. Dog/Line out
To put a line through or go over another writer or crew’s work.
To disrespect or insult another graffiti writer.
A quick outline of a writer’s name, traditionally with chrome and black colours. A term used mostly in London.
7. End to end
A piece covering the entire length of a train carriage.
The inside colour of a piece, throwup or dub.
9. Hall of fame
A risky spot which is usually watched by the police or has a high chance of police being called.
A actively painting graffiti writer, you’ll find them on the street right now.
12. All city
A graffiti artist whose tags, throw-ups and pieces can be found everywhere.
To copy another writer’s letter structures, characters or graffiti style.
To completely cover something or somewhere in graffiti.
To chemically clean graffiti from a surface.
A writer from outside of a major city. Take your pieces, throw-ups and graffiti characters to the city.
To paint very well with maximum style.
An incredibly well painted piece. Respect to you guys out there.
A writer who has temporarily stopped painting. Hope he’s coming back for more.
A legendary or prolific writer. Legends of the game.
A high-stakes painting trip in the city, the train yard or other risky places.
23. New school
A newer generation of graffiti writers.
24. Old school
An older generation of graffiti writers.
A throw-up or piece painted with only the outline and no fill-in.
A graffiti painting, short for masterpiece. Usually painted with many colours.
A spot that a graffiti writer is planning (or plotting) to paint.
To steal. Can apply to anything, but usually means stealing spray paint.
A spot which isn’t very dangerous or can be painted without much risk.
Graffiti that is still faintly visible after someone has cleaned it.
31. Shout out/Hit up
To put another graffiti writer’s name up.
32. Heaven spot
Graffiti pieces that are painted in places that are particularly hard to teach, such as rooftops, overpasses and freeway signs; often dangerous
33. Whole train
Train cars which have been completely covered in graffiti; one of the most respected forms of the
33. Whole train
34. Married couple
two simultaneous train cars painted next to each other with a single painting
A writer who has passed away
‘Throw-up’ or ‘throwie’ is a widely referenced graffiti term, most commonly used to describe a tag-like drawings of bubble letters designed for quick execution. Maybe it has something to do with trains?