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A Photo Gallery of Graffiti Art From Around the World

Graffiti is a global art form.  American Graffiti began on the subway cars and streets in the 1970’s.  It is believed that the first modern graffiti writer was Cornbread, a high school student from Philadelphia, who in 1967 started tagging city walls to get the attention of a girl.  Yet, the first wall drawings and murals date back thousands of years and can be found in ancient civilizations. Graffiti was found in the Italian archeological site of Pompeii, dating back to 78 B.C., reading “Gaius Pumidius Diphilus was here.”  You can find graffiti art on buildings, subways, sidewalks, and now in art galleries around the world.  In many cities, however, it is still illegal to “tag” someone else’s property with your name or art.

This is just a sampling of the graffiti art waiting to be discovered in cities all over the world.  Vote for your favorite! Add your photos of the best street art or graffiti you’ve discovered in your city.

#1 Beijing, China

This mural was created in Chaoyang district of Beijing, the 798 Art Zone (aka Dashanzi Art District). Credit: EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

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#2 Toronto, Canada

Grafitti in the multicultural Kensington Market district.

Credit: GTS Productions / Shutterstock

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#3 Gentilly, France

Mural in Gentilly, a suburb of Paris.

Credit: EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

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#4 Montreal, Canada

Street art wall mural by French graffiti muralist Seth Globepainter in Montreal near Boulevard Saint-Laurent. Credit: EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

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#5 Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Graffiti street art murals line the streets and back alleys of Rio de Janeiro, especially in the Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods. Credit: EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

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#6 Paris, France

From 27 May to 8 July 2015, the Gare du Nord hosted sixteen famous French and international street artists to paint murals in and around the Paris railway station. This is one of the murals created. Credit: EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

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#7 Mexico City, Mexico

Street art near Benito Juarez International Airport of Mexico City. Credit: Takamex / Shutterstock.com

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#8 Brooklyn, New York

Mural art at East Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

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#9 Vienna, Austria

Street art mural can be found in streets and back alleys of Vienna, especially along the banks of the Danube River and its canals. Credit: EQRoy / Shutterstock.com

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#10 Bogota, Colombia

Graffiti in the La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogota

Credit: Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock.com

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