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  • Graffiti are writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view


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  • Graffiti range from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and they have existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire
  • In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials
  • In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner's permission is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime
  • Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles
  • Within hip hop culture, graffiti have evolved alongside hip hop music, b-boying, and other elements
  • Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti, gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities
  • Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials, law enforcement, and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations
  • There are many different types and styles of graffiti; it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested and reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction

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