Conventions of Graffiti

  • A "Tag" is an artist's personal signature done in hand style. A Tag may contain subtle, cryptic messages.

  • "Pissing" is a form of tagging that is created by spraying paint contained in a fire extinguisher so the paint can be sprayed as high as 20 feet.

  • Graffiti done very quickly using two or three colours is known as "throw-up" or "bombing" and values speed over aesthetics.

  • "Pieces" are more complex variations of an artist's name using more stylized lettering with a much larger variety of colours. This type of graffiti is more time-consuming and thus the risk of getting caught is much higher.

  • "Blockbuster" or "roller" style graffiti is a large piece almost always done in block-shaped style and covers a large area with two contrasting colours. These pieces are sometimes done with the intent of preventing other artists from painting on the same surface.

  • "Wildstyle" involves interlocking letters that are more illegible for non-graffiti artists.