Graffiti is Greek

Betcha didn’t know that the “forefather of graffiti” is Greek. That’s right. His tag name is Taki 183, from Demetrius, or “Demetraki.” (For those interested, the bio on his website includes a link to the original New York Times article – published in 1971 – in which he was originally featured.)

Graffiti has certainly come a long way since Taki 183 started tagging his name on ice-cream trucks and subway walls back in the late 60’s. It’s more inspiring and interesting than ever. Here are some photos I’ve taken on recent wanderings:

It’s hard to find decent graffiti-inspired art and décor out there. Most of it looks clownish and forced. Though I’ve no way of knowing for sure whether photographer Frederico Martin had graffiti in mind while planning his photo shoot for this month’s Vogue Italia…

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The dancing models are where it’s at! The mood: playful, colorful and tasteful all at once. The colors are the slight nod toward graffiti culture, while the movement of the models inspire dancing. Which perhaps may not be as fun as creating art on walls for all the world to see, but is certainly spontaneous and won’t get you into trouble with the Law. 😉

Until soon,



About wanderingmuses31

We are both from the USA, and now we live in Thessaloniki, Greece. We are friends with similar interests and hobbies - namely photography and all things aesthetically pleasing and lots of laughter. We don't claim to know about a lot of things, but hope that you find inspiration in some of the things that inspire us. Thanks.
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