Modern graffiti slang: a piece that burns has vibrant and eye-dazzling colors, so that the wall or train almost appears to be "on fire". The word can also signify superiority of one writer or piece over another: "That toy got burned the other day." Finally, a location that has been rocked hard (been boldly enhanced with high-quality graffiti) is considered to have been "burned", as in "Man, he really burned that old shed on Highway 99."

A piece which burns is known as a "burner".