“Look Pops. Someone’s painted on the wall. Mum sure would be mad.”
“It’s graffiti Donald.”
“Writing or drawing on a wall. We all want to leave a mark. You know. The oldest graffiti, a hand, is in Indonesia. Thousands of years old.”
“Do’ya reckon this’ll be here in thousands of years.”
“Not a hope and if it was done by Banksey he’s probably organised for it to self-destruct. You know though Donald, stuff going back even a few years gives a snapshot of ordinary people’s lives and what they care about.”
“So Pops, graffiti is pop culture.”
When Charli gave us her prompt this week where she asked:
December 6, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about graffiti. It can be an artist, art or the medium itself. Get out your can of spray paint and go where the prompt leads you.
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many things came to mind. We had just come back from Egypt and there was graffiti there that had been done by tourists over 2000 years ago. Was that the oldest. It made me look and I found that a hand with forearm was the oldest possibly 10,000years old drawn on a cave wall. Some of the graffiti in Egypt was simply an I was here statement. Others said what they liked and had responses to their comment. An antiquated trip advisor. As a child growing up the only graffiti I saw was on the back of the toilet door. An older version of facebook. Graffiti as art is a modern phenomenon but most won’t survive in time. It really is pop culture with the art reflecting the position of those that otherwise would not have a voice. Banksey probably made the best statement about graffiti recently when his art sold for i.4 million pounds and on the drop of the hammer it self destructed. Literally going, going, gone.