Now a days you can find graffiti almost anywhere. It can be found on street poles, metros, train stations, wide open walls, school halls, anywhere someone can see a canvas and make their mark. Now graffiti has come a long way in relation to its history. I am not going to go into all of that but want to highlight a few important things.
The word “Graffiti” has ultimately derived from the Greek word “Graphein” and means to draw, write or scratch. The first sightings of “Graffiti” dates back to Paleolithic times where humans use to draw on cave walls to express themselves artistically.
Graffiti has change over time and evolved to what we now see as 20th Century artistic expressions. People are still very much compelled to leave their mark anywhere they can. I am not condoning the fact that Graffiti in most cases is still illegal but, want to give the following artist some well deserved credit.
Banksy – An anonymous England Based street artist, political activist, and film director.
OSGEMEOS – Just two brothers, identical twins from Brazil that became a main influence in the scene.
Henry Chalfant – Most notable for his work on graffiti, break dance, and hip hop culture.
Barry McGee – a contemporary US artist, painter, and graffiti artist.
TAKI 183 – is the “tag” of a Greek graffiti writer who was active during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in New York City.
Enjoy the gallery.