How Graffiti Art Started and Spread

The underground art of graffiti has its origins in the late 1960s in Philadelphia, through “bombing”. Writers Cornbread and Cool Earl went about town writing their names just to gain attention from the community and media. With consent, it’s an art form often used as a powerful political tool.

Graffiti has become visualized as a growing urban “problem” for many cities in industrialized nations, spreading from the New York City subway system in the early 1970s to the rest of the United States and Europe and other world regions.

The motivation behind this simple early graffiti was to create a motif of connection for these soldiers during their difficult times, cementing their unique brotherhood amongst foreign land and to make themselves “seen.”

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