Whenever we hear the word graffiti or see any kind of graffiti on any wall, we normally think somebody has intentionally written on that wall to antagonize somebody. What does graffiti means? What is the origin of graffiti? The word graffiti is an Italian word in its plural form. It simply means writings on the wall. If we want to elaborate the meaning of the word graffiti then we can say that anything written or painted or in modern days spray painted on any property other than the property belonging to the writer, can be called as graffiti. Though there is still a difference of opinion in the graffiti writers and the property owners as well as the officers of law. This is because graffiti in its simplest mean that the wall or properly is vandalized. Words are scratched on it there by damaging it. So in the eyes of law this is a crime, but in the eyes of the writers this is expression of their art. In spite of these differences of opinions the graffiti has dot the title of art. It is now considered as an art form. There are new styles and types of graffiti which are being developed by many. One of the oldest and simplest forms of graffiti is tagging letters.
Tagging letters simply mean scribbling letters on a wall or a surface of any property. It is a form of signature of the artist. Normally only one color is used in style of graffiti. It is done in a color which contrasts with the color in the background. The artists or the writers many times tag on their writings, just like all the famous artists who used to sign their artworks. There is another form of tagging letters which is called as dust tag. It means writing in dust. The graffiti writers used to do it for practice.
Many people think that the concept of graffiti was the outcome of the hip hop movement. They don’t know that the there are proofs that the graffiti was in existence 30,000 years BCE. There are also references of wall writings in Roman era, even in Egypt there are instances of graffiti are found. Graffiti is a way of expressions for rebellious revolutionaries. If we set aside the question whether graffiti is illegal, then we can all understand and appreciate the work of an artist. The artists of graffiti are always under threat of prosecution so generally they remain anonymous and continue their work. Though laws, as well as the officers try to curb the instances of graffiti, the graffiti has become an essential part of our art and as well as our civilization. The graffiti is here to stay for good whether we like it or not.