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Graffiti - Culture or Vandalism?

“What harm cause not those huge draughts or pictures which wanton youth with chalk or coals draw in each passage, wall or stairs of our great houses, whence a cruel contempt of our natural store is bred in them?”

-Michel Eyquem De Montaigne, French Philosopher, Essayist, 1533-1592

Michel De Montaigne

Michel De Montaigne. Lithograph by François Séraphin Delpech. From: http://bpun.unine.ch/icono_neuch/moteur_portraits.htm

“Graffiti is a language of defining acquired territory … Defining your culture, overthrowing another culture for the glory of your own, and protecting your culture is an endless repetition of the human endeavor.”

-Charles “Chaz” Bojorquez, Graffiti Writer

Charles "Chaz" Bojorquez

Charles "Chaz" Borquez, Milan, 2010. From http://blog.crewest.com/2011_03_01_archive.html