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Painting the Town

Graffiti: fine art or felony?

What do you think of graffti? s it a respectable form of urban art? Or a crime that’s blighting our cities? The thing is, graffti is nothing new. Far from it.

The ancient Romans were keen grafftists. And we’ve learned much about them from their carvings on walls and monuments. Declarations of love, political slogans and philosophical statements were popular subjects in those days.

But graffti is even older than the Romans. It actually dates back to 30,000 BC – making it one of the oldest forms of human artistic expression. The earliest examples exist in the form of cave paintings and pictographs and were probably made using tools such as animal bones and pigment. In fact, the only known source of the Safaitic language (an ancient form of Arabic) is from wall drawings. Another example of how graffti is a link to our past.

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