Monday, April 21, 2008

Different Types of Graffiti Art

A Graffiti Piece is a form of Graffiti that has a very complex design. Usually these pieces take a long time, therefore there are fewer pieces created illegally in public places because the artist would run the risk of being caught while making it. Many graffiti pieces can now be found in dedicated and professional galleries. Of course, there are always the brave few that still plaster their work on public and private walls. Graffiti tributes are also known as "pieces". Tributes pay homage to people who have passed away. For example Tupac, Mother Teresa and others could be seen all over New York after they died.

Graffiti Blockbusters are larger graffiti pieces that have been created to cover entire walls, usually with the intention of blocking other artists from using the same wall. The design is often simple and done quickly. Another form of Graffiti that is similar to Blockbuster is Graffiti Rollers. Rollers are Graffiti styles that involve blocking out an entire wall with a single color. This is considered to be lazy graffiti writing. Graffiti Stickers are also used in creating graffiti and is one of the quickest ways to post graffiti on the wall. Like "rollers", "stickers" are also considered to be a form of laziness on the part of the artist. But, more and more artists are coming up with elaborately designed stickers that combat even the most detailed pieces designed. Stencils are also commonly used in graffiti art. They provide the artist with a way to create presentable pieces without compromising time.

Throw-Ups and Fill-Ins are types of graffiti which are done very quickly, usually sacrificing detailed style for time. This is probably the most common form of graffiti. Usually the lettering is done in bubble or block letters and uses 1 to 3 colors. Throw-ups and fill-ins are also often easier to read because the designs are less complex. In some towns and cities it is common practice to do a Throw-up on a train as it pulls into a station. The artist only has a few minutes before the train fills up and moves off, usually resulting in rapid and wild lettering.

Wildstyle graffiti is a form of graffiti art that sports all sorts of arrows, interlocking letters and points and is becoming very popular. For the unfamiliar graffiti eye, Wildstyle pieces are often hard to read since the letters tend to blend in into one another and result in what looks like an uncomprehensible jumble. Wildstyle Graffiti art is often found in and around the bigger cities like New York, New Jersey and San Francisco.

1 comment:

jonnyB said...

thank you sean. I found this very informative. I am writing a thesis on graffiti for my college communications course. if you have more info please post