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Graffiti in New York. Paoyi Huang December 3, 2002. Bite - to copy other writers’ styles. Buff – any means used by Transit Authority to remove graffiti from trains. Burner – a well-done piece. Down – in part of a group or action. Fade – to blend colors. Graffiti Glossary.

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graffiti in new york

Graffiti in New York

Paoyi Huang

December 3, 2002

graffiti glossary
Bite- to copy other writers’ styles.

Buff – any means used by Transit Authority to remove graffiti from trains.

Burner – a well-done piece.

Down –in part of a group or action.

Fade –to blend colors.

Graffiti Glossary
graffiti glossary continued
Graffiti Glossary(continued)
  • Getting Up
    • also known as “Getting Around,” “Getting Over,” and “Getting the Name Out.”
    • successfully hitting a train, or writing writing their names prolifically.
    • one of the most significant factors differentiating New York’s subway writers from the creators of traditional forms of wall writings.
  • Going Over
    • One writer covering another writer’s work with his/her own.
    • Once a piece has been “gone over,” it is considered as destroyed.
graffiti glossary continued4
Graffiti Glossary(continued)
  • Rack Up –to steal, the process of acquiring all kinds of materials used in writing.
  • Tag (Up) –writing signature with marker or spray paint.
  • Throw Up –a name painted quickly with one layer of spray paint and an outline.
  • Top-to-Bottom -extend from the top of a subway car to the bottom, but not necessarily the full length of the car.
  • Toy – in experienced or incompetent writer.
a brief history of writing i
A Brief History of Writing I
  • Space
    • Illegal space. writing had first begun on local buses and local neighborhood walls.
    • In the 70s, the ultimate goal is the subway trains.
  • Fame
    • Taki 183 (late 1960s)
  • Two separate communities in mind
    • The community of writers themselves.
    • The general city audience.
a brief history of writing ii
A Brief History of Writing II
  • “Graffiti Art” vs. Galleried Art World
    • Two very different systems –
    • subway trains vs. art-on-canvas
    • Writers vs. Traditional trained artists (e.g. Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, etc.)
      • Common – illegal public locations, linear drawing or words in their works.
      • Difference – timing, tradition, etc.
    • Communication between two different systems
    • Result and its implication
a brief history of writing iii
A Brief History of Writing III
  • Graffiti and Hip-Hop
    • Writing has more than a decade of history before rap get into the popular music scene.
    • Writing was rapidly broadcast, and it became a global youth art movement partly through the connections to hip-hop.
  • Retaking the Trains
    • War on graffiti, Surveillance, Clean Car Program 1984.
    • The dynamics between writers and the Transit Police changed after the late 1970s.
a brief history of writing iv
A Brief History of Writing IV
  • Return to the Walls (1980s)
    • Two career paths –
    • bomber vs. piecer (productivity vs. skill)
    • Space
      • bombers take the streets.
      • the style masters go to “hiding places.”
    • Results
      • localized
      • loosing network/community
      • alter traditional norms
a brief history of writing v
A Brief History of Writing V
  • Two Alternative Forms
    • Stickers
    • Other modes of transportation as writing means (e.g. railroad)
  • Using Technology – the Circulation
    • Writers’ zines (e.g. International Graffiti Times)
    • Video
  • Globalization
    • NYC as the “Homeland of Graffiti”
  • ~The End~