Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Street Art Ōsaka

These are from under a train overpass in Ōsaka, the left is an example of a stencil and right is a throw-up. This is a breakdown of the different styles of graffiti:
  1. Tag style is the most basic and quickest form of graffiti writing. It is usually a representation of the artists name and is used as a way to gain recognition by being seen in a lot of places and as a signiture for larger pieces.
  2. Throw-Up is another quick method of graffiti writing. It is done by making a layer of paint in one color and a quick outline of the letters in another.
  3. Blockbuster letters are evenly spaced and not too difficult to read. They are just what the name implies, block letters. A blockbuster is used to cover maximum area in a minimal amount of time.
  4. Wildstyle is much more complex than any of the previously mentioned. The letters are very blended and highly decorated. This type of writing can be very difficult to decipher.
  5. Stencils are a quick and effective way to put up somewhat-complicated pieces very quickly.
  6. Stickers are a quick and easy way to slap-up a tag or stencil quickly.
  7. Piece, short for masterpiece, is a graffiti painting much more complex than a tag and having at least three colors.
  8. 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.

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