Graffiti dates back to the "Stone Age." Cavemen used sharp objects to carved, or scratched with coal on walls or surfaces for others to view. Markings were an artistic expression. Served to mark territories or leave messages to tell their stories.

Today it is viewed as visual communication of vandalism or art making a statement. The artist usually works in darkness, anonymously, not to show their face, the idea of not to get caught. Today using spray paints, marking pens and paints created by the artist’s imagination.

Graffiti appears on walls, signs, bridges, subways, tunnels, train cars, billboards etc. as their canvases of expression. We see today small or big lettering, colorful inspirational quotes, cartoons, and drawings of life. Street art painted on many forms with many styles, tagging, getting your name out there. Tagging is used, where the artist repeats his symbols, or his name to mark the territory. Multicolored graffiti defines the urban or country landscapes throughout the world. It has taken millions of dollars to remove graffiti.

Controversies surround graffiti as a rapid developing art. Some artists are painting on canvas, having galleries and museum showings. Graffiti is being sold: online art prints, vinyl wall decals, wallpaper etc. Today, 21st century "graffiti" is considered modern form of art. (Return to Gallery)