Artists come in all forms of art from music to art to dance to design and so many more forms of inspiration. However to some drawing on walls or street art may come over as vandalism, but if those who criticize these artists stop and open their mind to the inspiration and ingenuity that goes into this form of art they may if they are honest with themselves admit the talent of these artists.
For people who cannot accept that the world needs to open up and accept the imagination and energy of these artists the worlds going to paint a bleak picture for their future. The modern graffiti artist burst out on to the streets and subways of America in the early 1970’s a time of the flower power movement and the emergence of non-violent and anti-war sentiment. Women demanded equal rights and breathed in the perfume of freedom which many of the older generation horrified to see.
A graffiti artist resembles freedom and rebellion through his or her art and sends out a message that carries the thoughts of youth. Graffiti which means scribbling or drawing on a public wall or surface in most countries is deemed illegal but at present in many of the developed countries its welcome as an expressionof freedom. Even though graffiti is linked to a modern art form the art of drawing, engraving or painting on walls has been in existence for thousands of years.
Writings in ancient Egypt
The early Romans engraved doodles and forms of alphabet and symbols on walls and tombstones, specimens of these still up to date survive in Egypt and other part of the world. Graffiti today which means street art in the orthodox world had diverse meanings than they transmit in today’s culture regarding the massage Ivanhoe that the artist wishes to give. In the very far off past graffiti depicted expressions of love testimonies, radical oratory, and unpretentious lyrics or verses of belief, unlike today’s popular posts of social and deep-seated and far reaching principles. The graffiti found in ancient Rome and other places provides awareness into the earliest street life of peoples of the past.
Street artists use any form of colour to exhibit their graffiti, however with the emergence of spray paint which comes in cans and of every imaginable colour graffiti has taken on a whole new meaning and ironically has become a money spinner for some artists. Street art does not have to necessarily be on outside walls, but can be adapted to form beautiful eye catching mural that adorn the offices of the 21st century.