Presence of Italian Graffiti

Italy, graffiti, protest

The word graffiti is an Italian word which derives from the word graffito which basically means to scratch or scribble. It was first used to describe ancient Roman inscriptions on the walls, but now in many countries the plural version of the word is used to describe the art form.

I didn’t know about the etymology of graffiti until I decided to sit down and come up with some ideas for the introduction of this article. However, I am glad to know that today’s topic has its roots in Italy.

Does world shape the people or do people shape the world?

I am not a philosopher to answer this question, but I will give myself a try. People are stimulated by their surroundings. Family, economics, politics and other things shapes our behavior.

For example when there is an ongoing economical crisis, some people protest, others write criticizing articles or share their point of views in anonymous way as graffiti writers do. Graffiti artists’ anonymity lies in its categorization as vandalism which should be stopped and the practitioners penalized. So, it’s not hard to understand why most of graffiti artists choose to hide their identity by making up a pseudonym or sharing their messages with no name.

Italian graffiti culture has its distinguishing style of being very political and often with personal message to someone in the society. Politicians like Berlusconi, refugees and political prisoners and Mafia are some of the common topics.Italian graffiti culture has its distinguishing style of being very political and often with personal message to someone in the society. Politicians like Berlusconi, refugees and political prisoners and Mafia are some of the common topics.

protest, italy, graffiti

 

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Occupy the Houses
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A Black man is Better than You (Translated from Spanish)
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America the Killer

Other type of Expressions are in a form of Stencils:

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The Storyteller (with Berlusconi’s Portrait)
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German Anti-Fascism Prisoner

 

There are also styles of expressing oneself, but for the last part of this article I’d like to Skip the traditional Throw-Ups and share with you some Unusual types:

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