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Art Primo Graffiti Dictionary
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A

All City
adjective
A Term that's Not used much anymore. Cats are going all Country and All World these days! This basically means Your up everywhere with Handstyles, Throwups, Pieces etc.

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B

Bench
Noun
(archaic) This is not something writers do in the age of internet. It used to mean a place where writers would meet up, compare flicks settle beefs etc. Like it or not, this is usually done on internet forums these days.

Verb
Watching or flicking freights. This term is still commonly used for describing this.

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Biter or To Bite
Verb
To overtly copy another Graffiti writers style or technique. This used to be a no no, but in the internet age this is a common practice.

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Black Book
Noun
Your sketch book that you doodle in. Don't carry this around with you when you go painting. Also be suspicious of anyone who carry's them around all the time showing it off to whoever will look. Those people are usually toys and never do real street graffiti. You don't want to be associated with them.

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Blockbuster
Noun
(archaic) Some big ass letters!!! This is large straight letter piece done in contrasting colors. People don't really use this term much anymore. We just call 'em Straight Letters

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Bomb
Noun
used by squares who think they're hip to describe Graffiti. Example : "That Tagger did a bomb on my fence!"

Verb
To go out and Crush. To bomb prolifically to basically Kill it.

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Bubble Background or Splash
Noun
The Bubble background or design painted behind a piece to make it stand out from the wall. This is especially useful when you're trying to tie your piece together with your homies or to completely cover the guys you just went over.

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Bubble Letters
Noun
Mastered by our friends at Bubblicious gum Big Rounded letter forms that were the first evolution from the tag. This is generally what you see around town when people are bombing heavy. This type of graffiti can be done big and quick. Thatís why itís still so popular to do. But this term isnít used as much anymore. We just call emí Throwies or Fill Inís these days

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Bucket Paint
Noun
This is paint that comes in gallon, five gallon and pint containers. It's often used for rolling backgrounds or for Rollers.

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Buff
Noun
Used to describe the City Workers who do this for a living. Also this is used to describe the graffiti obsessed vigilantes that have nothing better to do than walk around town painting big grey boxes everywhere regardless of the surface. These jerks often create more vandalism than the original graffiti, and the ironic thing is that they become so involved with going over writers that they fall into the graff mentality themselves. Some buffer are so prolific that they get Graff fame and become the thing they hate. In some cases they are arrested and charged and arrested for vandalism.

Verb
To paint over or scrub out graffiti.

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Burner
Noun
A term to describe a very colorful well executed piece. Or any form of Graffiti that has remained on a spot for a long period of time.
See also Piece

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C

Character
Noun
This is usually a cartoon character found next to a piece or done by itself. These can also replace letters if done right.

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Crew
Noun
A group of writers who rep together. They usually use a two or three letter acronym to describe themselves.

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Cross Out
Verb
To paint a big X on someone's street work or piece.
See also Hacking

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D

Dis
Noun
Hacking or to writing some disparaging remarks about an enemy.
See also Hack

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Dub
Noun
A two letter throw up.
See also Throw Up

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E

End to End
Noun
A Piece or Pieces that extend from one end of a train (or wall) to the other.

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F

Fade or Blend
Noun
Two Fill colors Blended together using a flare technique. Can be done Vertically or Horizontally

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Flare
Noun
A technique where you flick your wrist at the top of each letter when you're doing a handstlye. This is best done with a Fat cap.

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Floaters
Noun
A piece or throwie that does not extend to the ground.

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Fill
Noun
This is the inner color of your letter. In a piece they can be really elaborate consisting of many colors, shapes and patterns. In the Throwie they usually have just one color.

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Fillin aka Throw Up aka Throwie
Noun
A quickly painted name done with just a fill or an outline. Usually used to describe a bubble style but is not constrained by that definition.

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Forcefield
Noun
Also known as an Outer-Outer, Outer-Outline or Halo. This is where you outline your piece twice to made it more pronouced or stick out from the background.

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G

Get Up
Verb
What every writer should be doing - Going out and painting.

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H

Hack
Verb
To show lack of respect for another writer by writing Xs and/or your name in their street work or pieces

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Halo
Noun
Also known as a forcefield, glow, aura, key line and final. This is the continuous line that goes around the outline and 3D of your piece. This is the part everyone (except me) dreads, because if you f**k it up you might have to spend a lot of time cleaning up your mistakes.
See also Forcefield

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Highlights
Noun
See Shine

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Hollow
Noun
A throwie done without a fill or drop shadows.

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I

Insides
Verb
Catching your writes on the insides of transit vehicles.

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M

Mops
Noun
A type of marker that is squeezable. Usually these have cirular tips and made of soft plastic so they can be easily squeezed. These are used to produce tags with drips. Mops are also called Bingo Doppers and Shoe Polish Markers.

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N

New School
Noun
Whatever is contemporary or trendy in the graff world.

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O

Old School
Noun
A term used to describe anything or anyone from back in the day.

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One Stroke
Noun
A tag formed by one continuous line. Also called a One-Liner.

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Outline
Noun
The outer line that's applied to the letters after you have built the foundation of the pieces. This is usually done in a color that contrasts the fill in color. When done correctly your piece will look sharper and stand out more.

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P

Panel Piece
Noun
This used to be a subway term but is more used to describe the two opposite sides of the large door in the middle of a box car.

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Piece
Noun
(Short for Masterpiece) The next evolution after the throwie. This is your refined letter form executed with a broad color scheme with all the necessary Accents.

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Production
Noun
A full scale mural utilizing pieces, themed backgrounds and cohesive color schemes. This is usually done by crews. These are usually done by more experienced cats and should be respected. So paint your scratch fill elsewhere young gun.

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R

Roll Call
Noun
(archaic) We call these hit offs mostly. Basically your hitting off your homies, crew, girlfriends etc..

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Roller
Noun
A letter piece painted with bucket paint and rollers.

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S

Scribe
Verb
To use a hardened steel tool or rock to scratch into a surface. This is usually done on windows and mirrors.

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Scrub Fill
Noun
Also know as a "Scratch fill" Or "tiger stripes" This is a fill that's not fully filled and creamy. Its done by painting horizontal lines quickly to crate the fill effect and can look really cool when done right. When done incorrectly they look unfinished and shitty and will get gone over by me.

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Shaker
Noun
Those silver paint pens that everyone uses. Theyíre called that because of the heavy marble in them.

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Shine
Noun
Also known as "Bling" Or "Highlight" The last thing you add to your piece to ďturn the lights on itĒ Your basically creating a highlight on your letters to simulate the shine as if the letters were a dimensional object. You usually do this on the opposite side of the 3D.

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Sidebusting
Verb
Also called "Spot Jocking" or in my case "Dick Riding" If my shit is burning a really hot spot for months and you come along and hit up next to it. Then you're a Spot Jock. And you will get hacked!

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T

Tag
Noun
Also called a "write" "handstyle" or "Hit" This is like the "N" word to us. It was made up by non writers to describe what we do. But this word has been synonymous with graffiti for so long that it has become part of our vocabulary. Aint that a bitch!

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Tagger
Noun
This is offensive to writers when spoken by non-writers. This is a term mostly used by squares and the media to describe what we do. It belittles us and should be not used by actual writers. Example : I was hired to do a big job for a major game maker that involved full production work and photorealistic characters. When describing me, one of the employees said "oh he's the tagger that's going to paint some letters for us" I know your trying to sound cool Larry but to me you're a dick.

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3D aka Blocking
Noun
The linear blocking applied after you do your outline and splash to give your piece depth. This takes some time to get right but once you do your piece will really look harrrd!

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Throw-up aka Fillin
Noun
A quickly painted name done with just a fill or an outline. Usually used to describe a bubble style but is not constrained by that definition.

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Top-to-Bottom
Noun
A piece that extends from the bottom to the top of a wall or train. This is not necessarily an end to end. But when it is we call it a wholecar.

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Toy
Noun
YOU UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This describes any unskilled or beginner writer. This term can also be used for writers who have been around for years but that are out of touch with current graff culture. Also used to describe someone you donít like.

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U

Up
Noun
A writer who paints a lot and is seen everywhere.

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V

W

Wild Style
Noun
The most complex evolution of a letter form. This is the King S**t son! These are basically Full burner pieces with interlocking letters and doodad's (thanks SEEN!)

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Whole Car
Noun
A piece on a train that is both top to bottom and end to end. The name says it all.

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Writer
Noun
The correct term to describe us and what we do. Start using it Larry!

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