Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun. Also known as Graff) is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. – Wikipedia
What do you think about Graffiti? My first encounter (that I can remember) with Graffiti may have come around age 3 when my little brother took one of my favorite books and tagged his name all in it. This lit a fire in me, it made me upset, it made me want to react and take a new form of action, probably kicking his butt (laughs). That is the great thing about graffiti. You can get a point across without saying a word. You ever hear the saying “The pen is mightier than the sword”? Well in this case it is totally true!
Plenty of political, promtional and just darn right psychotic messages have been accompaniying some amazing paint and image collaborations in the city of LA. It comes as part of the culture, being young, full of speech and change and wanting someone, anyone, to hear your message. There are many places in the city where this is evident. Locations such as Venice Beach, Melrose Ave and many Downtown LA spots feature some of the most known (and unknown) graffiti writers and artists in the world. Take a look at some of the cool murals, tags and messages that were in Hollywood on our drive to an interview.
Shout out to all the amazing artists whose images are in this post. If you know the names please comment them below! We would love to give them credit for their awesomeness! All photos taken by ArtAboveReality.