In the parlance
of graffiti writers
, an end to end
is a piece
which covers an entire train car
from one end to the other. This was first accomplished in the NYC subway
system in the '70s
, and is currently popular in the North American freight
scene, as well as Europe's many commuter trains. Boxcars
and the odd holy roller
are often used for end to end pieces, since they provide a relatively unbroken canvas along their entire length.
An end to end car may take many hours to complete, and any combination of paint rollers or spray paint can be used. The completion of these gigantic pieces (up to 70 feet long) is an indication of superior skill and dedication to the craft. Different varieties of end to end include top to bottom (in which case you actually have a whole car, no mean feat), and window-down (on passenger cars, which often have their windows buffed).
Alternatively, a car lined end to end with pieces by several different writers in collaboration may also fall under this title.