What does graffiti mean?” asks one of the many graffiti articles on this website about the subject, for example.
You might think the answer to such an obvious question is simple: “graffiti is a crime, but the crimes are different. Graffiti is a form of expression, but it’s not illegal to paint graffiti.”
However, you would be wrong. Graffiti is both illegal and a form of expression.
So what do you think about this?
And does graffiti really look like violence?
In this article I am going to answer that question by looking at the use of graffiti in various cities, by examining the meanings of graffiti, and by providing a look at how graffiti is used and distributed across the globe. A more detailed look at the uses of graffiti and the meaning of graffiti will be provided in its turn, but let’s get started, shall we?
To understand the use and significance of graffiti in urban contexts it is first necessary to address the problem of graffiti itself.
Graffiti is a form of graffiti, the most famous examples of which are usually stencils and street signs, both of which can often be found in some form on walls, buildings, and other public places. These examples include: the stencil, the sign, the graffiti.
While the two meanings of graffiti are very different, each of them is very important as graffiti is both a form of expression and an expression of identity.
Graffiti in the Urban Context
The most obvious use of graffiti to one’s own city is to advertise one’s own existence. In a way, it is the street sign as it serves as an official, non-verbal way to advertise one’s presence.
Street signs are often used in ways that are not only obvious, but more than that they are often used to communicate a specific message which is unique and distinctive.
The street sign is a common example of such a use of graffiti which is more than obvious since it is often used by individuals and groups in order to advertise their own existence directly, for example:
The street sign will tell another group of people or individuals what kind of a place their business is and where the people who come to their office are located.
Will show potential clients their location, the way they look, the way their business is run, the way their goods or services are produced or delivered, and the types of services they offer.
Will show potential customers