Graffiti–the messages and the art

When I hear the word GRAFFITI I tend to think of urban tagging….big swirly things that deface buildings and are hard for me to interpret. There are other kinds of this art form, though, and they are ancient in their development. From petroglyphs

Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

to cave paintings

people have been leaving their mark for a long time. Graffiti is nothing new. 

The need to say I WAS HERE is enhanced by social messaging, especially by groups who feel outside of the mainstream media system.

in New York City

Banksy, a British artist with a worldwide reputation, produces street art with strong messages.

Here are some political statements, made by graffiti artists.

Representing detainee in orange jumpsuit at U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

A simple comment on a billboard that was not being used for marketing for the moment.

And then, some are just a few words that give you something to consider.

If it is not necessary, even 1 cent is too expensive.

When you travel, check out the graffiti…you may find something worth sharing, even if you do need help to translate it.

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4 Responses to Graffiti–the messages and the art

  1. Gunta says:

    Loved this post. Street art or graffiti (not tagging so much) fascinates me. I’m heading out of town, so I’ll keep an eye out in Eugene and Salem.

  2. Enjoy your road trip!!

  3. It makes me realize that there are hidden gems of a thought among these graffiti writings. And to think that these may actually be an art form. Nice post.

  4. Check out a blog called Movin’ On at She just visited a town in Oregon which celebrated its history as well as other things with multiple murals, another outdoor art form.

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