Writing on the Wall: Domesticating City Graffiti

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.

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