Graffiti

Graffiti is a mark, scratching, scribbling or drawing on a surface on a public place: building, bridge, street sign, and another area.

People have always drawn on the walls

Ancient people drew pictures, wrote messages and drew caricatures on the walls. Graffiti existed in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. Ancient paintings are now considered valuable works of art.

If people draw on walls these days, though, it is not considered art. Modern graffiti are cleaned as soon as possible.

But for many young people today aerosol art is just as serious as it was in the ancient times for their ancestors.

Now graffiti makers often paint or spray paint from a can to leave their “art” marks.

Recently a marker pen has become the favorite graffiti material.

A single mark is a graffito but the word graffiti means that there is more than one mark.

Graffiti takes a lot of forms: an individual mark, simple drawings, initials, words (sometimes rude words) or even elaborate murals.The simplest form of graffiti is when a person cuts or carves the name of a lover on a tree with a knife.

When someone does it without a property owner's permission it is vandalism, which is a punishable crime.

Graffiti can be sometimes a public street protest. It is often but not always illegal. Some cities have small areas for graffiti. Sometimes graffiti are very beautiful and people pay graffiti artists to do graffiti on their buildings.

Each graffiti maker has their own tag (in graffiti slang, a signature), which is a shape special to an artist or group.

«Banksy’s Rage, Flower Thrower»

(Banksi is an anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist)

The motivation behind a piece of graffiti can be happiness or sadness, frustration or relief. For this reason it is an art form that is very close to the hearts of the young.

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