Types of Graffiti
There are different types of graffiti. To prevent graffiti you need to know which graffiti you are up against.
The major types include:
- Conventional graffiti, often isolated or spontaneous acts of youthful exuberance, but sometimes malicious and vindictive;
- Wildstyle, It’s a complicated and extremely stylized form of writing that, to the untrained eye, is not easy to read. Wildstyle writing features arrows, spikes, curves and other elements that non-graffiti artists may have a hard time understanding. Wildstyle pieces are often 3D and considered to be one of the most complicated forms of graffiti.
- Tag graffiti, ranging from high-volume simple hits to complex street markings;
- Graffiti Pieces, A piece (short for masterpiece) is a graffiti painting, much more complex than a tag and having at least three colors.
- Stencil Graffiti, stencil graffiti can be thrown up in a matter of minutes.
- Throw-Ups, A throw-up is a little more complicated than a tag, usually having two or three colors, but not nearly as elaborate as a piece. A throw-up is something that can be done quickly and repeatedly, while still identifying the writer.
- Ideological graffiti, such as political graffiti including political messages or slogans about an issue, or hate graffiti, which may include racial, religious or ethnic slurs; and
- blockbuster graffiti, A blockbuster is used to cover maximum area in a minimal amount of time. Often consisting of large block letters, the blockbuster can be accomplished with paint rollers and two or three colors of paint. Usually a blockbuster is put up to cover up other work or block other writers from putting anything up on the same area.
- Heaven Graffiti, A heaven is a piece that’s put up in a very hard-to-reach location, often near or on the tops of tall buildings or on freeway signs. Because they’re so dangerous and difficult to reach,
- Gang graffiti, used by gangs to mark turf and convey threats of violence, and sometimes copycat graffiti, which mimics gang graffiti. It can also include large, mural-style works that may incorporate a signature.