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.