A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures

Ynot detailing a burner.
Ynot detailing a burner.

This week's feature, "Marked for Death," is the story of Jonathan "Ynot" Corso -- one of the most prolific members of Miami's longest-running graffiti crew, MSG, recently killed in a fight in a strip club parking lot.

We tried to write the story in the language of Ynot and his fellow crew-members. For starters, graffiti artists call themselves "writers" or "bombers". Here's an explanation of some more commonly-used graffiti terms:

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures

Tag: The simplest form of graffiti -- besides maybe the self-explanatory "sticker"-- it's just the writer's scrawled moniker.

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures
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Throwie: A quickly-done bubble letter outline.

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures

Fill-in: A throwie, but filled in with a second color.

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures
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Straight-Letter: As MSG member Quake explains it: "A clean and readable lettering style using 2 or more colors."

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures
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Blockie/Blockbuster: Large, readable block-style letters, often created using bucket paint.

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures
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Piece: Quake: "A more stylized version of the writer's name."

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures
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Burner: "The most stylized version of a writer's name, using many colors, characters, etc. -- 'pulling out all the stops.'"

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures
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Heaven: "One of the green highway signs, writers consider these to be high risk but also high reward, due to the high visibility. The front as well as the back is utilized." Last year, Kendall graffiti artist Merk fell to his death from a heaven.

A Bomber's Glossary: Graffiti Terms in Pictures
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Penit: "Abandoned building or structure used by writers to paint high quality straight letters, pieces or productions. The name 'penit' is unique to Miami. The outside as well as inside are often painted and repainted."


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