Graffiti. PAINT & PERFORMANCE.
PAINT & PERFORMANCE
“Derived from the Italian sgraffito, meaning to scratch, graffiti has been around since the beginning of mankind. Pictures, such as those at the Lascaux Caves in France, were mostly carved into the cave walls with bones or stones, but early man also anticipated the stencil and spray technique, blowing coloured powder through hollow bones around his hands to make silhouettes.” --- Nicholas Ganz, Graffiti World
Carved into wall on the Palatine Hill in Rome, somewhere between the 1st and 3rd centuries C.E. --- This is one of the earliest depicitions of Jesus’ Crucifixion and quite possibly the oldest example of graffiti as it is currently understood.
“[D]uringthe Second World War, the Nazi’s used writing on walls for their propaganda machines to stir up hatred towards Jews and dissidents. However, Graffiti was also important for resistance movements as a way of publicizing their protests to the general public.” --- Ganz, Graffiti World
Kilroy became a graffiti phenomenon that followed American servicemen during WWII and followed them home after the conflict ended.
The tag “Frodo Lives” has political meaning and became popular during the 1960’s and 1970’s
Aerosol Spray Paint
‘It made Chicago graffiti an aggressive and competitive sport,’ said Sebastian Napoli, 32, who began writing graffiti around the city in the 1990s when writers called Chicago ‘the chocolate city’ after the brown paint used to cover their work. The enforcement efforts ‘weeded out guys that get up once or twice and tried to call themselves writers,’ Mr. Napoli said.” --- Meribah Knight , “Crackdown Feeds a Flourishing World of Graffiti”, New York Times March 19, 2011.