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About Graffiti

Graffiti  is characterized as the specialty of drawing or composing scratched, jotted or showered designs on a divider or some other surface with the goal of open viewership. Graffiti as a workmanship can be followed a few centuries back, with archived records of expound divider artworks amid the Ancient Greece time frame and Roman Empire period. The craftsmanship has changed with the circumstances as present graffiti craftsmen utilize shower paint and marker pens as their essential devices. In spite of its old starting points it is still a wrongdoing in many nations to paint or check anybody’s working without assent.

As advanced graffiti patterns appear, graffiti is presently being utilized as apparatus to express social and political assessments to people in general. The messages or suppositions are communicated through activity and visual portrayal of pioneers out in the open office with inscriptions conveying the expected message. In different events graffiti has been utilized by road packs to check domains. By and by, graffiti has formed into a workmanship worth acknowledging and recognizing.

The historical backdrop of graffiti can be followed back in the Roman Empire period. The word graffiti was begat from the Latin word graffito importance scratched workmanship. In the Roman Empire it was identified with the engravings and figure drawings found on antiquated dividers. The most punctual recorded types of graffiti are accepted to as ancient pictographs and give in artistic creations going back as ahead of schedule as 30,000 BC. It is trusted that these old mountain men utilized creature bones and shades as their devices to draw pictures of natural life and chasing undertakings delineating their surroundings. Old type of graffiti can be found in particular areas in Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Modern style of graffiti is arguably said to originate in ancient Greece at the city of Ephesus. Locals in these region claim that the graffiti was used as an advertisement for prostitution. For the Ancient Romans they used graffiti as an art to decorate walls and monuments. Of importance to note is that graffiti in the classical world displayed phrases of political rhetoric, love declarations, and words of critical thought, while today’s graffiti displays popular views of social-political ideals. These forms of historic forms of graffiti have been used by researchers to gain insight into lifestyles and languages of ancient cultures.

Modern age graffiti is perceived to have intermingled with hip hop culture with its cradle being the New York City Subway graffiti. However, all over the world there are notable graffiti expressions on buildings, subways and railroad boxcars. Of notable recognition is the graffiti “Kilroy was here” done by American troops during the World War 2, the slogan “Boredom is counterrevolutionary” written on almost all buildings in Paris during the May 1968 student protests, and lastly the legendary “Dick Nixon Before He Dicks You” graffiti in America during the 1970s indicating the apathy the youth had against that U.S president.

The first ever art gallery for a graffiti artist, Lee Quinones and Fab 5 Freddy, was done in Rome in 1979. This marked the entrance of graffiti into mainstream art industry. The art was subsequently publicized through feature films and documentaries like Wild Style in 1983. During the late 1980s period a new genre of graffiti emerged called stencil graffiti. It spread like wild bush fire, within a short period stencils could be viewed from New York to Melbourne in Australia.

A common application of graffiti in modern times is for memorial purposes. People write messages on wet concrete or cement to commemorate or declare love for lost one, or just to record ones presence during particular moment. It is usually dated and left untouched to preserve and cherish the moment.

With increased popularity and legitimization of this unique art, some degree of commercialization was bound to take effect. In 2001 IBM contracted several graffiti arts to launch a massive advertising campaign in San Francisco and Chicago of the Linux mascot. However, some of the street artists were arrested and charged with vandalism while IBM got fined US$120,000 for cleanup costs and punitive damages. Four years later Sony Corporation in collaboration with TATS CRU carried out a similar strategy to market their PSP. Learning from the lessons of IBM they paid building owners for the rights to paint on their walls. Further commercialization was effected through the creation of video games depicting graffiti in a more positive angle.

Graffiti has become a global phenomenon with every hamlet in the word having its own breed of graffiti artists. For instance there is a significant following of graffiti culture in South America, mainly in Brazil. Sao Paulo, in Brazil, is described most graffiti artists to be their Mecca and global center of artistic inspiration. The town boasts of a rich and robust graffiti scene deservingly earning it an international recognition as the global center for artistic inspiration. Sao Paulo is best compared to the Bronx in New York in the 1970s. On a surprising note it is said that the graffiti culture in Brazil is mainly fuelled by the high rates of unemployment and the chronic poverty biting most of the youth. The graffiti culture has also made inroads in conservative societies like the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Israel. This fact goes on to prove the universality of this orchestrated art.

Modern graffiti artists are incorporating modern technologies and equipment in their works. For instance some are considering using projected images and LEDs as new media for communication. There are also ongoing experiments on the introduction of abstract shapes and the deliberate graffiti modifications of previous workers.

The entry of graffiti into the mainstream is a concept whose time is due, nevertheless a lot needs to be done remove the negative tag that this art carries. Graffiti has a common reputation a being part and parcel of a sub culture that rebels against authority. This is usually not often the case as the practitioners of this trade have a diverse attitudes and perceptions of the art. These controversies that surround graffiti as an art create a lot of tension and disagreements between law enforcement authorities and graffiti writers who wish to practice their trade in a legal environment. The problems should be solved in a holistic approach with all parties on board so as to come up with a viable solution