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The History and Controversy of Graffiti Art

             Whether it's a quick tag or well-crafted piece of art, graffiti is easily one of the most notorious types of self-expression. However, there's a constant battle between those who consider it an art form, and those who do not. .
             Formal Definition.
             Markings, as initials, slogans, or drawings, written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or public restroom, etc. .
             Background Information.
             In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner's consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime. Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create conflict between city officials/law enforcement and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. .
             Even though graffiti is loosely referred to as art, the creativity and skills needed to be a graffiti artist surpass most assumptions and continue to awe those who are lucky enough to witness work in progress.
             II. History.
             Origin 1850-1855.
             Italian, plural of graffito - incised inscription or design, derivative of graffiare - to scratch, perhaps influenced by presumed Latin graphire , "to write" .
             First Noted.
             Earliest forms of graffiti have been found on ancient Egyptian monuments.
             Graffiti Today.
             Modern graffiti art originated in New York City, and it was known first as "New York" style graffiti. This art form began in the late 1960's when teens used permanent markers to tag or write their names, followed by the number of the street on which they lived, in subway cars.
             III. Examples.
             Different types of graffiti- tag, throw up, piece, wildstyle, blockbuster, heaven, stencil, sticker.
             Affiliated with- gangs, hip-hop, political or social views.
             Where to find it- NY, subways; spread to places such as South America and Middle East.
             Legal vs. Illegal .
             IV. Conclusion.
             The word "graffiti" represents such a wide variety of styles and symbolism. Although it may never become legal here in the US, the talented artists refuse to give up on their form of expressing themselves.

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