Interesting Facts About Graffiti

The first known example of “modern style” graffiti is found in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. The graffiti shows a handprint resembling a heart, along with a footprint and a number which indicated that a brothel was nearby.

The first known graffiti artist was Mr. Darryl McCray, street named Cornbread. In the late 1960’s, he and a group of friends started tagging their nicknames on walls around Philadelphia, which instigated the modern graffiti movement

Graffiti used to be a term used to refer to inscriptions and figure drawings found on the walls of ancient ruins. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius preserved the graffiti in Pompeii.

Graffiti as it’s known today started in Philadelphia in the late 1960s. Originally, graffiti was mainly used to make political statements and mark gang territory.

Most graffiti artists wish to be called “writers” and accompany their work with a unique “tag.” This is especially true for graffiti artists who want public recognition.

Many graffiti artists remain anonymous to protect their identity and reputation, as well as avoid legal consequences. Banksy is the most popular graffiti artist, known for his stencil art with political and anti-war themes. His work can be seen worldwide.

The world record for the longest graffiti scroll is 7,366 feet and 9 inches. It was done in Dubai in 2014 by over 100 artists, and contained scenes of history for the United Arab Emirates in celebration for their 43 rd United Arab Emirates Union Day.

Graffiti bombing is when a large graffiti piece is put up over a short period of time. Train bombing is one common form, where a group of writers will quickly cover a train in graffiti before the authorities arrive.

There is a difference between graffiti and street art. In graffiti, the writers are generally not interested in the public understanding their work, instead they use it to speak to other writers. Street art is used to engage everyone.