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Know your graffiti

Not all graf is created equal. Some categories to help you differentiate between works

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Tags cover a city-issued trash can near the Krog Street Tunnel. - EAMON SIGGINS
  • EAMON SIGGINS
  • Tags cover a city-issued trash can near the Krog Street Tunnel.

Tag

A quick and dirty version of a graf artist's — um, vandal's — signature.

Etiquette: None.

Vomet leaves his mark along Memorial Drive. - SARAH WOODS
  • SARAH WOODS
  • Vomet leaves his mark along Memorial Drive.

Throw-up

A more elaborate, sometimes artful version of a tag. Generally uses bubble lettering.

Etiquette: You don't go over a throw-up with a tag.

A Mr. Fangs collage by Totem that appeared off of Ponce de Leon Avenue near MJQ in 2005. - BROOKE NOVAK
  • BROOKE NOVAK
  • A Mr. Fangs collage by Totem that appeared off of Ponce de Leon Avenue near MJQ in 2005.

Burner

Like throw-ups, but often involving an image instead of lettering — mini-portraits, if you will. Think Krog Street tunnel.

Etiquette: Same as with a throw-up.

An expansive work by Viper and Totem at an undisclosed location. - BROOKE NOVAK
  • BROOKE NOVAK
  • An expansive work by Viper and Totem at an undisclosed location.

Piece

Big, sprawling affairs — even murals — that typically take hours to paint.

Etiquette: You don't go over a piece, ever.

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