Writing on the Wall: Domesticating City Graffiti

Writing on the Wall: Domesticating City Graffiti

Sarah Rainwater
Jun 8, 2010

Once thought of as a sign of urban blight practiced by outsiders and misfits, graffiti has inspired a generation of artists and designers who appreciate its gritty aesthetic, often with more than a hint of irony.

Graffiti scratched into the walls of ancient Rome still gives us insight into the city's history and culture, and so modern graffiti maintains its outlaw status and ties to underground culture, even removed from its original context. But let's get to the bottom line, the artwork and accessories shown above exhibit some seriously rad drawing skills.


1. Ghosts of Winter, Berlin print by Evan Hecox (edition of 200) from Arkitip
2. Kell, Futura, 1980 photograph by Henry Chalfant (edition of 20), at Iconoclast Editions
3. London Delft Tableware by Lovegrove & Repucci
4. Gouache Paintings by Jessica Hess
5. "Assembler 1" by Matthew Curry, acrylic and ink on paper

6. MOST-LIGHT 32" pendant light fixture by south3rd at Supermarket
7. Photo of Post Alley Urban Art Wall by Etsy seller UrbanWink
8. Graffiti pillows by Lovegrove & Repucci
9. Print of a pencil drawing by David Jien (edition of 50) at Little Paper Planes
10. Mush Print by Sentimental Soy Cheese at Beautiful/Decay

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