Etymology Ancient graffiti is from the Italian word graffito (“scratched”).”Graffiti” is applied in art history to works of art produced by scratching a design into a surface.The word itself originates from Greek word-graphein-meaning “to write”.
History The earliest forms of graffiti date back to 30.000 BCE in the form of prehistoric cave paintings and pictographs using tools such as animal bones and pigments.
These illustrations were often placed in ceremonial and sacred locations inside of the caves.The images drawn on the walls showed scenes of animal wildlife and hunting expeditions in most circumstances.
Modern-style graffiti The first known example of “modern style”graffiti survives in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus (in modern- day Turkey).Local guides say it is an advertisement for prostitution.Located mosaic and stone walkway,the graffiti shows a handprint that vaguely resembles a heart along with a footprint and a number.
Moder n g r af fiti Modern graffiti is often seen as having become international with hip hop culture and the myriad international styles derived from New York City Subway graffiti
The tool that is used for graffiti is aerosol paint
Characteristic of common graffiti ► Some of the most common styles of graffiti have their own names.A “tag” is the most basic writing of an artist’s name in either spray paint or marker.A graffiti writer’s tag is his or her personalized signature.
A famous graffito of the 20th century was the inscription in the London subway reading “Clapton is God”.