Monday, January 14, 2013

Graffito: Urban Myth, Part 2 - Self Expression

Graffiti has been around us for million of years. As historians have documented, cave men drew illustrations on cave walls to tell stories, document their lives and save their history for future generations. Romans wrote on the walls of building of the cities they conquered. Today, Graffiti is view differently by contradicting factions; some that view, or lets say, perceived the Graffiti as a series of obscenities and unimportant drawings written or drew by louts, others as an artistic SELF-EXPRESSION made by the Writer of the Graffiti.

The beginning of what we currently know as Graffiti can be traced back to New York on the turn of the 60’s and 70’s. It began as the writing of names or nicknames on the walls of buildings and other places, particularly the Subway. Know as Single Hitting, Tagging.  The owners of the signatures become heroes gaining followers and organizing in different groups each following a style.

Later when the spray paint was invented, the Graffiti evolved and became more popular, new forms of graphics, including drawings, were used becoming a new form of Graffiti called a Piece, a short version of a WORD MASTERPIECE.

Following a few photos:

Wall at the left side of an Abandoned Building located at 363 De Diego St., Santurce 
Abandoned Building located at 363 De Diego St., Santurce

Aldea St. corme Canal St. (Vacant New Building)

Abandoned Building located between 1431 Ponce de León St. and the Centro de Bellas Artes, Santurce 

A Brief History of Graffiti,
The History of Graffiti,
Articles-The History of Graffiti-Writing,

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