When did modern street art begin?



Of course there are different forms of graffiti and some of them are described in more detail below. Our tutorials provide you with detailed information and exercises on the individual forms of expression.

The day

As already described above, this archetype of graffiti is merely the artist's name of the sprayer. The name itself usually has no meaning and rarely comes from a specific language. This name is very ornate like a normal signature and differs from this only in its size and the places where it is attached. The tag is considered to be the fastest form of graffiti (as these are usually illegally attached an important point) and, in order to achieve this, is often drawn through in one line. This form of graffiti is usually applied with a marker pen and less often with a can.

The throw-up

Large surface painting and uncleanliness characterize this graffiti form, the aim of which is to get the name on the wall as much as possible with as few resources as possible. For this reason, the words are usually only roughly outlined and then filled in just as roughly. One spray can is enough for 2 to 3 throw ups. Just like the tags, this form of graffiti is perceived by the general public as graffiti.

The character

These are figures that are rarely found on their own and mostly as an accessory to a style (word). They also went through a certain development and so you can find a multitude of different species today. For example, there are so-called old school characters who, as the name suggests, were painted in the old graffiti style. They are very simple and abstract in their form, contain light and shadow only very sporadically and can be located in the vicinity of the cartoon characters. On the other hand, true works of art are created with the can: the fantasy figures are still made up, but they are so detailed (if you can speak of them) that you will be jumped out of the wall by them. There is also photorealism, which tries to get as close as possible to the natural image. The most common motifs are human faces and animals.

Much more important than anything else, however, is the question of the legal side. Graffiti in itself is not a criminal offense, only the fact of damage to property. This fact is achieved through the unwanted changes to the building fabric by the owner. This includes, among other things, the application of spray paints. These do not just stay on the surface, as many think, but pull up to 10cm into it. This means that complete removal of the paint is rarely possible. Damage to property can be punished with up to 5 years in prison. In Germany, however, this only happened very rarely in connection with graffiti. Far worse for most juvenile offenders are the very high cleaning costs they have to pay. Deutsche Bahn puts the annual damage caused by graffiti at several million euros.

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