Where it all Began…

December 4, 2008

Graffiti: is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is sometimes regarded as a form of art and other times regarded as unsightly damage or unwanted. 

Graffiti has been around for a very long time.  It started in the ancient times, where graffiti was referred to as drawing on walls.  It was not destruction of property.   It was also known as carvings in rocks and boulders.  So even then it was considered art, even though it was not on paper, or canvas. 

Then as time went on graffiti traveled to different countries and in the late 1960’s it became a way for people to express political views. But then gangs started using graffiti as a way to set territories, and such.  What was “cool” to do was bubble letters and curly writing.   If you look at the graffiti we found it looks like much hasn’t changed.  Most of the graffiti we found was gang sings, and bubbly curly letters.

Between the years of 1969-1974 graffiti traveled to New York.  To gain some popularity and stuff the media concentrated on one famous graffiti artist, Demetraki.  He traveled by foot most of the time and almost everywhere he went he left his “mark” TAKI 183.   TAKI came from his name, and 183 was his street number.  It is pretty creative what they did as their names and stuff.  It was pretty well thought out is what I mean, and it was their own way of becoming known and “famous.”

My Opinion….

As we were out looking for pictures it was such a shame to see that a majourity of the graffiti was painted over.  To me that is such a discrace, because it is such beautiful artwork.  Although it is destruction of property, it makes Chicago so much more colorful.  Some argue and say it makes it look trash and such, but I disagree.  I love looking at graffiti, like under bridges when I am walking or driving by.  Maybe on sides of buildings is bad, but on places that are boring and plain, I think it would be nice to have some color!


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