Graffiti (/ɡrəˈfiːti/; Italian: [ɡrafˈfiːti]; plural of graffito: "a graffito", but "these graffiti") are writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view. Graffiti range from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and they have existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
Graffiti artist Lee Quinones and Fab 5 Freddy were given a gallery opening in Rome by art dealer Claudio Bruni. For many outside of New York, it was their first encounter with their art form.
Fab 5 Freddy's friendship with Debbie Harry influenced Blondie's single "Rapture", the video featured Jean-Michel Basquiat offered mfirst glimpse of a depiction of elements of graffiti in hip hop culture.
Style Wars depicted graffiti artists such as Skeme, Dondi, MinOne, and ZEPHYR, reinforced graffiti's role within New York's hip-hop culture by incorporating famous break-dancing groups such as Rock Steady Crew.
Henry Chalfant is one of the foremost advocates of modern graffiti, having produced the documentary film Style Wars.
To bomb or hit is to paint many surfaces in an area. Bombers often choose to paint throw-ups or tags instead of complex pieces, as they can be executed more quickly.
The simplest and most prevalent type of graffiti, a tag is often done in a color that contrasts sharply with its background.
Wild Style graffiti crew formed by Tracy 168 of the Bronx.
Wildstyle is a complicated and intricate form of graffiti. Due to its complexity, it is often very hard to read by people who are not familiar with it.