Throw-up ABCs – A Is For…

By - Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Speed and consistency are to a throw-up what a fat cap is to a fresh can of Rust-O chrome. A necessity. However simple it may look as a result, a good throw is often deceptively complex;  the product of years of influence and experience that have affected a writer’s style in one way or another, and a lot of practice. To quote ADEK, “A fill-in throw-up is like one minute, but in that minute there’s a lot of shit that goes on. To me, throw-ups are just as complex as an intricate piece.”

Many writers outright reject intricate pieces in favor of throws. MINT and SERF, two writers well known for doing almost solely throwups, are credited with saying, “If it takes longer than five minutes, its not graffiti.” According to SABER, TIE put it somewhat more succinctly: “Fuck y’all rainbows.”

With throw-ups, even the most subtle nuance can bump a letter from “good” to “fresher than Cam’Ron hopping out the whip in all pink“. That kind of development can only happen naturally through trial and error. A good throw-up is a showcase of pure style, and theres no way to fake it. No can tricks, no cutbacks, no bullshit. The aim of this series is to showcase the many ways each letter in the alphabet has been stylized by the writers that do them best. Let’s start with A.

Writers in order: FALSE, ADEK, AMUSE, PEAR, JADE, TETRA, MALVO, SACER, ABRA, EARSNOT, DESA, ABELS, AIRES, EASY, JA, AMAZE

Did we miss anyone? Is there anyone you want to see in the next post? Let us know in the comments below. 

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