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Angela Ordonez

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of Graffiti

"graffiti" is derived from the Greek γράφειν (
, which means "to write"
It was a technique that was primarily used by potters who would glaze their wares and then scratch a design into it.
In 1877, the word was extended to include crude drawings, scribbling, or any graphics applied onto a surface in a manner that constitutes vandalism.
In ancient times, these were carved on walls with a sharp object, although sometimes chalk or coal were used
Modern Graffiti
Started out when water-resistant markers were popularized
"Tagging" which emerged in the 1960s can be credited for the graffiti we see today
During the 1980s, graffiti artist have moved out of the subways onto 'street canvasses'
Graffiti artist strove to create more unique, more elaborate, and larger scale artworks, giving birth to the different styles
A graffiti writer's tag is his or her personalized signature.
It can contain subtle and sometimes cryptic messages, and may incorporate the artist's crew initials or other letters.
"Throw - up / Bombing"
A form of tagging using more stylized letters
Painted very quickly with two or three colors, sacrificing aesthetics for speed.
Can also be outlined on a surface with one color.
A more elaborate representation of the artist's name
Incorporates a much larger range of colors and more stylized lettering
A form which usually involves interlocking of letters and points
These pieces are often unreadable to non-graffiti artists as the letter merge in an almost undecipherable manner
Some also make use of stickers or stencils
Uses of Graffiti
As propaganda
As advertisement
As a campaign to raise awareness
Writers are often aged between 18 to late 20s
In the Philippines, tags are often gang related
Other Facts:
Graffiti artits / taggers want to be referred to as "writers"
The MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authorities) had to spend over 300 000 dollars to remove subway tags
TAKI 183 is the most popular writer in New York during the 70s
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