Throw ups[a], or throwies, are a type of graffiti that are bigger and more complicated that tags, but not as detailed as pieces. They are called "throw ups" because they are meant to be "thrown" on a surface as quickly as possible. The writers want to be quick because doing throw ups is usually illegal. They are almost always done with spray paint.
Form[change | change source]
Throw ups are usually the writer's nickname, but not their real name. They are written in round shapes like bubbles. Sometimes they have a colour on the inside, called a fill, but soemtimes they do not. Throw ups without a fill are called hollows.
Sometimes throw ups only have the first two letters of the writers nickname, because it is faster, especially if their nickname is long. Throw ups are usually done with the writer moving their whole body in a way they have practiced to do quickly a lot before. This speed means that writers can make lots of throw ups very quickly.
A good throw up has the letters all the same height, the top of the letters the same shape, and bottom of the letters the same shape, not much empty space, and clean lines. Sometimes it isn't easy to decide if something is a throw up or a piece, but throw ups are usually faster to paint, have less colours, and the writer cares more about being fast that making it pretty.
History[change | change source]
Throw ups started in the New York City Subway in the 1970s and as bigger versions of tags before changing into their own style. Compared to tags and pieces, throw ups have not changed much since peopel started making them.
References[change | change source]
- sometimes written with a hyphen (throw-ups) or without a space (throwups)
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