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History of Graffiti; Street Art Timeline

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Samantha Pyke

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Style In the 1970's a "style war" began between graffiti artists trying to become bigger and more famous. creating bigger and better pieces concluded in the rise of an entire subculture surrounding graffiti. Stone Age In the stone age people told stories, either around the camp fire to their children and families, or by scratching images into the walls of caves, I believe this is the start of graffiti, where it originated. Street Art; Graffiti
Timeline In my opinion, graffiti started in the stone age, when people told their stories to their children around fires and they etched images of their family or animals into the walls of caves.

There is a fine line between scratching an image in to a cave wall and spray painting an image on to a wall of a building, but they both have similar backgrounds and they both have a moral. Tag, Tag, Tag In the 1960's the graffiti with spray cans came from New York, tagging on subway trains. Taki worked as a messenger who traveled throughout the city, as he did so he used a marker to write his name on wherever he went, at subway stations and on the insides and outsides of subway trains. This act was called tagging, and he was soon known throughout the city as the "mysterious figure". Kids soon began copying Taki and were tagging their names everywhere, soon the trains were exploding with graffiti as kids competed against each other to get famous by having ones name in as many places possible. Contemporary In the 1980's due to heightened security subway graffiti slowly died out, the last train with significant amounts of graffiti on it, was taken off the lines in 1989, ending a era. But graffiti lives on, on the walls of buildings and other unlikely places that it can be spotted by many that would care. Although recently there has bee a trend towards graffiti on freight trains, people are now taking it across the country. People consider graffiti to be with spray paints, but i believe that graffiti is art, street art. But what is it? Street art; graffiti, is art. It is original ideas, self expression. When someone uses graffiti, self expression comes through. The graffiti on the walls of buildings is street art graffiti. I believe that if it is allowed in a gallery it is classed as art, and graffiti is in art galleries. even though if it wasn't i would still believe it's art, i hope it makes you think that graffiti is art, but street art, where it came from.
Even though i think there's a fine line between carving images in to a cave wall and spray painting images or words on a wall of a building, they both tell a story, and they both have something to tell the reader, a moral. Samantha Pyke Street Art; Graffiti Timeline
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