GLOSSARY OF TERMS (a graffiti writers vocabulary)

Posted on June 5, 2011


Self confessed Graffiti expert P.C. Colin Saysell (BTP) has written a glossary of terms to help other BTP officers make sense of the complicated slang the modern day graffiti writer uses. Here’s a few of our favourites…

187 – Californian Penal Code for Homicide – so graffiti using the term 187 is literally making a death threat.

BRAP – An abbreviation for the words Beer and Rap.

BTP – British Transport Police.

HEAD BUFF SPOT – The portion of wall panels of the train coach’ interior above the seats located at the passengers head level. The mild though freguent adrasion from passengers heads eventually buffs (removes) tags on these locations. This is an undesirable location to tag.

And to think they plan to arm the BTP with real guns! God help us all…