When did graffiti start?

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Illegal writing and drawing on public property has taken place for a long time. However, the type of colorful graffiti that is common today started around the 1970s.

Examples of early forms of graffiti in America were the writings of hobos on boxcars during the Depression and the gang symbols on buildings in California and the Southwest during the 1920s and 1930s.

The contemporary graffiti movement is believed to have been started by a high school student nicknamed "Cornbread." In 1967, he tagged city walls to catch a girl's attention. Other teenagers in the 1970s were drawn to the graffiti movement because of its defiance of rules, its originality and the chance to make their names seen. These young participants helped to shape the art form and increase its popularity.

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It probably started in my neighbor or yours. It was started by the cave men writing on the wall to the Egyptian time called hieroglyphics Then to the urban times we just took from
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The term. graffiti. which is the plural of the term. graffito. was first used in the mid 1800's and referred to drawings made on public surfaces. Of course hieroglyphics were used
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Graffiti has existed at least since the days of ancient civilizations. Graffiti can be found
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If you mean graffiti in the context of spraycan art (known as the Pioneering era 1969-1974) its very hard to pin point but you will find it hard to trace it further back then artists
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