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Monday, February 27, 2017

Graffiti

In January we went to Texas and Oklahoma. This photo was taken at an observation area along the interstate in Oklahoma. I thought it was a rather strange place to find graffiti, but I guess even rocks are fair game.

I have heard graffiti referred to as vandalism, but in most cases I believe it to be art. I'm not sure I feel that way about drawing on these rocks though. This looks more like vandalism to me.

Wikipedia defines graffiti as writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted on a wall or other surface, which dates back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. In modern times, when done without the property owner's permission, it is considered vandalism and a punishable crime. 

Graffiti artists prefer to be referred to as writers. The first modern day Graffiti Writer is considered to be a person called Cornbread, from Philadelphia. In 1967, he started writing, or tagging, on walls to impress a girl. In the 80's galleries started showing graffiti as art.

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Broader view

Linking to Monday Murals

10 comments:

  1. ...I like some graffiti, but not of rocks.

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  2. I agree with Tom. I've seen graffiti on rocks and it doesn't even come close to being creative but instead looks like tagging. I'm glad you photographed it though, I would have too.

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  3. That is definitely vandalism in my book. Such a shame.

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  4. Looks colourful, but more like graffiti. Thanks for your visit Betty.

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  5. Well at least they used pretty colors but still a no-no! We both found graffiti!

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  6. You are right -- it does not look right on rocks. :-\

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  7. Tagging is not my favorite either. These guys need a lot more practice before the product can be called "pieces." Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  8. I've never heard of Graffiti Writers. Looks like tagging to me. It's a different kind of "mural" for sure!

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  9. I always find graffiti interesting to look at...and it is art in a way, but also see not wanting it on my property.

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