Graffiti, is street art, the art of decorating public areas by volunteer artists on their own volition with their own subject matter. They work on available surfaces, like walls, fences and where handy, in the tradition of the muralists but without being commissioned to do so. The art form is sometimes frowned upon, regarded as a, illicit, rule breaking or even criminalised, by authorities, so the activity requires discreet accomplishment for artist security. Methods include the methods of the muralists, paint and brush, spry paint for convenience, use of stencils for speed, all kinds of markers. Designs can vary from, writings, cartoonesque, abstracts, graphic play with lettering characters, pictorial commentary on current affairs and the artist's reflections on life. The graffiti (GRAFFITO: singular) an art form has a long tradition dating back many thousands of years, examples can be observed in archaeology sites.
illustration: oil painting by Victor Gabriel Gilbert (1847-1933)
painter: Victor Gabriel Gilbert