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September 23, 2010
It all started with the first flat surface.
Graffiti, from the Greek graphein "to write," is the name for images, political slogans, or basically anything you want to express, scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property.
This urge to leave one's mark goes back at least to 30,000 BC, which makes it one of the oldest forms of communication, where it decorated caves and walls of ancient Rome.
The most famous of ancient graffiti dates back to the birth of Christianity.
Graffiti in Pompeii were preserved almost intact when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
An excavation found this:
"We two dear men, friends forever, were here. If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus."
Right now, Brazil's President Lula da Silva, who inaugurated the world's largest graffiti "canvass" at over 37,000 square feet, is spreading the word.
He's got a group of International artists working on a São Paulo highway using street art to fight for children's and teenager's rights.
"Maybe that's why it's an art form," one of the artist's said, "Because after 40 years starting in New York and everything, it still gets people upset."
The modern movement started in the New York Subway system in the 70s.
The trains were desecrated, adorned, vandalized, revitalized, saved, ruined, beautified, criminalized, whatever you want to call it, by a group of artists, mostly from violent backgrounds, whose weapons were spray cans.
It was a violent time and Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant's book "Subway Art" was one of the first to focus on graffiti as an art form.
Maybe Brazil has the right idea.
As always, you are free to leave your mark here.
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