Call it art, call it vandelism, call it a sure sign of urban decay, call it whatever you’d like, but graffiti isn’t going anywhere. The dictionary defines graffiti as- writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. I think you can see in many of the instances I’ve chosen to post here that it also symbolizes thoughts and ideas that may have no other arena for outlet.
Graffiti can tell a story or just express an opinion or have absolutely no meaning at all other than to give someone with too much time on their hands and disregard for the property of others a reason to buy a can of spray paint.
It can be a tribute to the pop icons in our culture or to let gangs know that certain areas are “their” turf.
Most of the pictures in this post are from cities in the United States, although Serbia, Italy, Iceland, Germany and Spain are also represented so this isn’t something native to our country alone.
Where I live we have a lot of freight trains as we’re near an oil refinery and I’ve often thought that tagging a train with the name of the website would be a wonderful form of advertisement. Unfortunately, it’s also illegal and I’m not much of an artist.
Whatever your opinion of graffiti may be, it’s here to stay, and if I’m going to be perfectly honest, I have to say that the more artistic renderings are sometimes a lot more interesting to look at than a plain brick wall.