Tag Graffiti Alphabet


Monday, August 9, 2010

Tag Graffiti Alphabet

Tag Graffiti Alphabet - number of words and phrases have come to describe different styles and aspects of graffiti. Like all slang and colloquialisms, the phrases vary in different cities and countries. The following terminology comes primarily from the United States

tag graffiti alphabet

back to back

Graffiti that covers a wall from end to end, as seen on some parts of the West-Berlin side of the Berlin Wall. Similarly, trains sometimes receive end to end painting when a carriage has been painted along its entire length. This is often abbreviated as e2e. End to ends used to be called window-downs but this is an older expression that is falling from popularity.


A quickly executed throw up or panel piece. Backjumps are usually painted on a temporarily parked train or a running bus.

black book

A graffiti artist's sketchbook. Often used to sketch out and plan potential graffiti, and to collect tags from other writers. It is a writer's most valuable property, containing all or a majority of the person's sketches and pieces. A writer’s sketchbook is carefully guarded from the police and other authorities, as it can be used as material evidence in a graffiti vandalism case and link a writer to previous illicit works.


To bomb or hit is to paint many surfaces in an area. Bombers often choose throw-ups or tags over complex pieces, as they can be executed more quickly.


To steal another artist's ideas or lettering schemes. Seasoned artists will often complain about toys that bite their work.


To remove painted graffiti with chemicals and other instruments, or to paint over it with a flat color.


Typically a large, more elaborate type of piece. The piece could be said to be "burning" out of the wall or train-side. Because they take so much time and effort, burners in downtown areas are more likely to be legal pieces, painted with the consent of the property owner. The early writers of New York also did burners illegally on trains, and adventurous modern writers sometimes still do large scale illegal pieces in heavily-trafficked areas. Alternatively a burner can also refer to a quick chrome bombing or throwup.

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