Art History: A bit about graffiti

February 14, 2012 2 Comments

Well, I've been out of town for the past week. You might have noticed that I hadn't made a post since my disappearance. I've cleverly crafted a way for me to return from my departure. I bought an airplane ticket back to my house. Now you are going to be graced by my presence once again. HOORAY!

Down to business now I say. It's that time of week again for an Art History lesson and since I've been gone I really haven't given it much thought on just what I'm going to write about. So, I've decided to teach all of you a thing or two about the history of graffiti. Why you might ask? Well, I don't know anything at all about it except that I really like it. I've never attempted to do anything of that nature, but I see pics of it all the time and I simply want to know more about it. Now just listen.

Graffiti was started thousands of years ago by Cavemen. LOL. Just kidding. I've been writing about cavemen and their artwork for much too long now. It was really invented by a guy named Russel P. Graffiti on an island actually devoid of paint. He used coconut milk as his base and colored it with chopped up flowers. I'm lying again. Sorry, I just know a guy named Russel P. Graffiti and I had to throw him a shout out.

Now on to the real business. Graffiti in its rawest nature is simply markings of some kind in a public place. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about the artwork in public places that cities are hesitant to cover because they recognize the artistic value of it. So, since the advent of spray paint, Graffiti has taken a new course and has given rise to the art that graces the sides of our city's walls and trains. Without spray paint it wouldn't be the same.

Also, according to Wikipedia, graffiti has evolved along side the hip-hop culture. That makes sense to me. Inner-city art by inner-city people, most of whom like hip-hop. So, if you break that down a bit it would lead you to believe that the art form is pretty new, as the music isn't too terribly old. BUT it is very very old!

On to some history: the word "Graffiti" is derived from the Italian word graffiato which means scratched. So from an art history perspective graffiti is more of an art that involves scratching designs into a surface. And who were the first people to scratch art onto a surface?

Cavemen! I told you. You thought I was joking.  Cavemen invented everything because they're awesome. PEACE OUT -- I'm off to go watch Encino Man.



2 Responses

graffiti spray paint
graffiti spray paint

February 20, 2012

the second picture is really bad photoshop!

Justin Weinmann
Justin Weinmann

February 20, 2012

Of course that picture is photoshopped and badly done. I just liked the idea of doing the entire U.N. Building.

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