March 31, 2020
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Ancient greeks use poems and other forms of writing to protest. They write these poems on city building walls.
Ancient Romans also use graffiti as a way to protest, but also to write random things, such as "___ was here" and profanity
Ancient Greeks draw pictures of hands, hearts, feet and numbers on city walls, which experts say were advertisements for prostitution
Earliest known picture of Jesus Christ, scratched onto a wall
When visiting Egypt and its ancient tombs, Ancient Romans would leave messages such as "____ was here" and "why did I come here, I couldn't read the hieroglyphics" on the insides of the walls.
A carving on the inside of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by a viking mercenary read "Halvdan was here"
First modern graffiti begins to appear in the form of gang tags. These were painted onto buildings and other things to define a gang's territory
A man calling himself TAKI 183 starts writing his name on any train he took
An article is published about TAKI 183, leading to an explosion of graffiti on trains. Spray paint cans start being used, and the simple tags turn into works of art.
It was reportedly hard to see out of train windows due to how much graffiti there was. Graffiti started being more strictly prohibited and graffiti on trains started to disappear. The artists moved onto buildings and rooftops.
War on graffiti declared by New York mayor
Art galleries start buying and displaying graffiti
'Stencil style' emerges, first in Paris and then moving on to American cities
Nazi and resistance groups cover walls with propaganda
Famous artist Banksy starts doing graffiti
Banksy grows in popularity, being accepted as an artist and not just a vandal by some. Banksy is still a very controversial figure
As graffiti grows more and more sophisticated and well made, the line between city murals and graffiti blurs more and more
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