General Information

This page is just general information about graffiti and the likes.  I'll start from the very beginning, the very best place to start.

Graffiti (street art AND tagging) has seeped into almost every aspect of our culture today, from
video games to anime to advertisements.  The problem arises when people make the mistake of catagorizing all graffiti as detrimental.  This is not true because, while most graffiti is gang tagging, there are a number of legitimate street artists who strive for recognition everyday.  The differences between tagging and street art can be found under their respective pages.

Definition time!

Graffiti: noun: unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.

Note: all definitions will be colored red and are taken from
Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary or if not found in Merriam-Webster's than the definition will be taken from Urban Dictionary.

Graffiti has been around possibly since the dawn of the thinking man (the jury is still out on whether or not the art cavemen drew on their walls was religious or just graffiti) but we can at least trace it back to the Ancient Greeks, who coined the word.  Despite that being quite a while ago, the term still applies.

Art is something that affects everyone, whether they realize it or not.  It depicts the human condition, and shows future generations what their ancestors struggled with and how they overcame these obstacles.  Nothing is a better portal into the past, present and (occasionally) the future than a work of art.  Human's need art to survive.  We need the beauty from art to have a reason to move forward in an all too often dismal world.  

Street art is no different.  It provides a window to the human condition just as well as a Monet or Van Gogh.  The beauty of street art can be seen in any metropolis, and occasionally suburbia or rural areas of a country.   All I ask is that you simply keep an open mind about the street art shown here, and try to notice more instances of art closer to your home.