Writing on the Wall
The Teenager Today|November 2020
Writing on the Wall
Graffiti is a word, phrase, or image painted or drawn somewhere in public, like on the side of a building or on the walls in a restroom.

It also involves the spraying, painting or scratching of words or images on buildings, bridges, streets, trains, trams, subways, and even monuments.

In 2013, singer Justin Bieber apparently took this up as his new hobby. Artists around the world believe that it is a form of expression. Like the many murals and paintings around us, it is a form of art — it is as old as human civilization! It is a marking, an initial, slogan, or drawing written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building phew, we are talking about graffiti!

Traditional graffiti includes artwork, stencil graffiti or sticker art. Like all hobbies, this street art has its own language, some of which can be difficult to comprehend. But still it is considered to be a humorous or critical artistic expression.

Historically, street art always existed in the form of graffiti on walls. What usually started by writing and drawing on the public walls of urban spaces to spread social messages has today become a medium to beautify cities. Graffiti has long been a part of human history but it wasn’t until the emergence of the hip-hop culture that it began to gain recognition as an art form around the globe including India.


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November 2020