Graffiti has been around for a LONG time. As long as there have been walls there have been people who like to draw on them. The earliest example of what I consider REAL graffiti has got to be from the City of Pompeii, the city that is famous for getting wiped out by an angry volcano (hell of a way to go) One could argue that cave paintings are the first example of graffiti, but the way I see it If you live in a cave, and you paint on the wall, its just a picture on your wall. I guess if some unruly caveman intruded into another caveman’s house and painted obscene things on the wall it would be graffiti, but that sounds a little ridiculous. But that’s neither here nor there…Anyways, Pompeii was founded around 2,000 years ago, after it was rediscovered in 1749, archaeologists started finding some drawings and writings on the wall.
Here is a list of various Graffito that has been translated
from simple things like “on April 19th, I made bread” to more obscene messages such as “Secundus likes to screw boys” it was all there. Old-timer romans were a pretty gnarly bunch. Here is a link to the wikipedia page on Latin profanity. I’m definitely not going to recommend reading it, but here it is if you want to. Examples of the type of stuff you’d see written and drawn on the walls back in the day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_profanity
Anyways, Graffiti has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure someone somewhere is running around spray-painting “So&So likes to screw boys” this very moment, but as an art form, graffiti has reached a level of sophistication that has never been seen before.
While in most places graffiti is considered vandalism and is illegal, the public can’t help but admire a lot of graffiti.
A few graffiti artists, like Banksy, Pixnit and Ces53 have garnered a lot of positive attention for the art of graffiti. No one knows who Banksy is, but whenever new art of his shows up, everyone flocks to go see it.
Anyways…Jason’s drawing is pretty amazing
The style of this drawing has a really cool urban feel to it. I feel like if this was painted up on a wall somewhere, it would be perfect. I’m not advocating vandalism here…but I think Jason should totally go paint this somewhere. This picture should be a mural on the side of a building. Also, that panda is throwing a TV into the ocean. That’s great.