Graffiti are writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or (spray) painted on a wall or other surface, often within public view
Graffiti range from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. They have existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire and as we now know, even further to the days of Indonesian cave painting, some 40.000 years ago. In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner’s permission is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable and terrible crime!
Graffiti may express underlying social and political messages. A whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip-hop culture, graffiti have evolved alongside it’s music. Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti, gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities. Before Rudy Guiliani’s quality of life campaign, the city and it’s transportation systems were covered in graffiti. Today you have to walk deep into Brooklyn to even get a glimpse of that era. In the UK Queen Elisabeth and the establishment understood by now that Punk is a rather good thing for them. In the United States though any action is illegal unless it returns profits and that essentially means you’re running a business rather than a country.