End of story?
LOL.. w/e. They didn't have tasers when you were a kid... and graffiti wasn't popular. ....
End of Story!
Not meant as an argument or attempt to "prove" anything, but your statement about graffiti not being popular when Giz was a kid naturally got me wondering when it was popular here in the U.S. I certainly remember "Kilroy was here" and even used the cartoon drawing of Kilroy's nose hanging over a fence while his fingers grasped the top of the boards in my every signature on snail mail.
I headed over to Wikipedia
to inform myself on some of the early origins:
Graffiti is often seen as having become intertwined with hip hop culture and the myriad international styles derived from New York City Subway graffiti, however, there are many other instances of notable graffiti this century. Graffiti has long appeared on building walls, in latrines, railroad boxcars, subways, and bridges. The example with the longest known history, dating back to the 1920s and continuing into the present day, is Texino.
Some graffiti had its own poignancy. In World War II, an inscription on a wall at the fortress of Verdun was seen as an illustration of the USA's response twice in a generation to the wrongs of the Old World.
During World War II and for decades after, the phrase "Kilroy was here" with an accompanying illustration was widespread throughout the world, due to its use by American troops and ultimately, filtering into American popular culture. Shortly after the death of Charlie Parker (nicknamed "Yardbird" or "Bird"), graffiti began appearing around New York with the words "Bird Lives". The student protests and general strike of May 1968 saw Paris bedecked in revolutionary, anarchistic, and situationist slogans such as L'ennui est contre-révolutionnaire ("Boredom is counterrevolutionary") expressed in painted graffiti, poster art, and stencil art. At the time in the US, other political phrases (such as "Free Huey" about Black Panther Huey Newton) became briefly popular as graffiti in limited areas, only to be forgotten. A popular graffito of the 1970s was the legend "Dick Nixon Before He Dicks You", reflecting the hostility of the youth culture to that U.S. president.