Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.— Banksy
Strong Graffiti Artist quotations
People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.
Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron.
It's the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist.
Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.
Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place.
Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.
Writing graffiti is about the most honest way you can be an artist.
It takes no money to do it, you don't need an education to understand it, and there's no admission fee.
You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.
A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.
I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
I've never really considered myself just a street artist. I consider myself a populist.
The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.
Graffiti is like building a career. And there is a dialogue with the other artists out there mostly fellow writers because a lot of people who don't paint just see a blur when they look at it.
Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.
If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. If you want to be honest then you have to live a lie.
Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.
I started off as a graffiti artist in the South Bronx.
My tag name was 'Loco' because I would go crazy and tag anywhere I wanted, in the weirdest places.
The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet.
I want to make the world a better place, for women, mainly.
Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.
I'm an artist. Gardening is my graffiti. I grow my art. I use the garden soil like it's a piece of cloth, and the plants and the trees, that's my embellishment for that cloth. You'd be surprised what the soil can do if you let it be your canvas.
I used to tell everyone I met to be an artist..... I don't do that any more.
It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of you work are the police department.
I'd been painting rats for three years before someone said 'that's clever it's an anagram of art' and I had to pretend I'd known that all along.
But there's no way round it-commercial success is a mark of failure for a graffiti artist. We're not supposed to be embraced in that way. When you look at how society rewards so many of the wrong people, it's hard not to view financial reimbursement as a badge of self-serving mediocrity.
Take two paintings by the same artist, one has a signature and the other doesn't. The signed picture is generally more valuable. The signature is almost graffiti or a tagging system, yet it can become more important than the subject.
Traditional graffiti writers have a bunch of rules they like to stick to, and good luck to them, but I didn't become a graffiti artist so I could have somebody else tell me what to do. If you're the type who gets sentimental about people scribbling over your stuff, I suggest graffiti is probably not the right hobby for you.
In Afghanistan I was doing street art because it was more open, but when I had a show, only men would come. I said, I'm an artist not only for men, but for women too. So that's why I like graffiti.
Law breaking, graffiti artist, dumb jock that I am, I'm pretty socially conscious.
Obviously my own work comes from a conceptual art tradition, but I love the graffiti artists, and I feel spiritually closer to them than to most contemporary art; they make the city a free space of diverse voices and we shouldn't get all cynical about them just because Banksy made some money. I collaborate sometimes with Krae, who is an old school east London graffiti writer.
Hip-hop is a competition culture. It's based around, "My DJ is better than you. My graffiti artist is better than you."
This book blew me away. Kelly Parra writes with the keen eye of an artist. Graffiti Girl is warm, gutsy, and true-to-life - an unflinching, honest portrayal of young adults. A seamless and impressive debut.
Violence has been a necessary component of every serious liberation struggle.
..Violence is not the only path to liberation, but likely an indispensable one...the Press Office would like to be clear on this matter: we support all the liberationists from the graffiti artists and ALF liberator to the Animal Rights Militia, Justice Department and Revolutionary Cells.