64+ Best Graffiti Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Graffiti Quotes

Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall  it’s wet. Banksy

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

Everybody’s trying to leave their mark on the world. That’s why there’s graffiti and babies. Kristen Schaal

The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self obsessed to become our artists. 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. Banksy

After pop art, graffiti is probably the biggest art movement in recent history to have such an impact on culture. Jeffrey Deitch

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. Banksy

Graffiti doesn’t exist unless someone got a photo, because it’s gone immediately. Jeffrey Deitch

People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish but that’s only if it’s done properly. Banksy

Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint. Banksy

Gray hair is gods graffiti. Bill Cosby

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. Banksy

Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint. Banksy

A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with. Banksy

Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop. Hunter S. Thompson

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. Banksy

I spray the sky fast. Eyes ahead and behind. Looking for cops. Looking for anyone I don’t want to be here. Paint sails and the things that kick in my head scream from can to brick. See this, see this. See me emptied onto a wall. Cath crowley

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. Graffiti has more chance of meaning something or changing stuff than anything indoors. Graffiti has been used to start revolutions, stop wars, and generally is the voice of people who aren’t listened to. Graffiti is one of those 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 somebody smile while they’re having a piss. Banksy

Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy. Michael Ondaatje

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

Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules. Raymond Salvatore Harmon

Graffiti is something written on a wall, and, of course, art can be exhibited or produced anywhere a wall is just another venue. Matthew Slotover

If it takes more than 5 minutes, its not graffiti. Mint Serf

Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop. Hunter S. Thompson

Jay was attacked with peculiar venom. Near his New York home, the walls of a building were defaced with the gigantic words, Damn John Jay. Damn everyone that won’t damn John Jay. Damn everyone that won’t put up lights in the windows and sit up all night damning John Jay. Ron Chernow

Graffiti writers will never stop. They’ll just evolve. It’s interesting what ideas people come up with and how it all extends forward. Ben Eine

I laugh at the way some people think graffiti is all selfish tagging and vandalism. Thoughtful street art is like good fiction it speaks out on behalf of everyone, for us all to see. Carla H. Krueger

Graffiti is a pathetic attempt at anonymous recognition. Randall Dale Adams

If today i was a graffiti, i would be one on a train that goes to the South of France. Alain Bremond Torrent

Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A group of ducks is a raft, and a cluster of crows is a murder, but what collection of birds is a gang? Probably geese. They are always engaging in lawlessness and doing graffiti. Jarod Kintz

Some people are enraged, and some people are applauding. If there were a mission statement for graffiti, that would be it. Barry McGee

Scars the graffiti of violence.  Harry Dresden

When you can’t think of anything else, photograph graffiti, nudes, or plants. Bill Jay

However, if he really wanted to bust me, all he had to do was ask to see my schoolbooks. The front and back covers are the first place graffiti artists start to draw. Drexel Deal

One piece of graffiti doesn’t mean much. Forty pieces of graffiti might mean something. It’s all about connecting the dots. Kim Rossmo

Though Kurt would later claim that his graffiti messages were political, in fact, most of what he wrote was nonsensical. He enraged a neighbor with a boat by painting Boat Ack in red letters on the ship’s hull; on the other side he lettered, Boat people go home. Charles R. Cross

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. Banksy

Few people go to art exhibitions nowadays, the art comes to them! Chris Geiger

Today I believe that man cannot escape his destiny to create whatever it is we make jazz, a wooden spoon, or graffiti on the wall. All of these are expressions of man’s creativity, proof that man has not yet been destroyed by technology. But are we making things for the people of our epoch or repeating what has been done before? And finally, is the question itself important? We must ask ourselves that. The most important thing is always to doubt the importance of the question. Orson Welles

I like to leave little notes, around as I have traveled. It’s like a semi permanent graffiti for the soul. You know, some words or thoughts for a person’s commute home, or the waitress that has been picking up people’s sloppy plates all day, maybe even a mom watching her kids play in the park. You never know what is on a person’s mind maybe dread, or hate, or sorrow, or even nothing. I only hope some little thing makes them feel a bit better. Owen D Hill

The people who run our cities dont understand graffiti because they think nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit the people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours, it belongs to you, its yours to take, rearrange and re use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. Banksy

The wall in the room we shared will remind them that we were here. That we are human. Of value. Important. Abi Daré

Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Calvin Coolidge

Across the street from the van was a board fence. Someone had spray painted incomprehensible graffiti on it  could have been an ambigram for all she knew, legible upside down as well as right side up. S.A. Hunt

The way I make art, the way a lot of people make art, is as an extension of language and communication, where references are incredibly important. Shepard Fairey

You pick your way past young men and girls sitting on the steps, you wander bewildered among those austere walls which students’ hands have arabesqued with outsize capital writing and detailed graffiti, just as the cavemen felt the need to decorate the cold walls of their caves to become masters of the tormenting mineral alienness, to make them familiar, empty them into their own inner space, annex them to the physical reality of living. Italo Calvino

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence. Paul Simon

Love and romance are things worth waiting for. Cath Crowley

Is graffiti art or vandalism? That word has a lot of negative connotations and it alienates people, so no, I don’t like to use the word art at all. Banksy

Blank walls are a shared canvas and we’re all artists. Carla H Krueger

Obviously murder and graffiti are two vastly different crimes. But they are part of the same continuum, and a climate that tolerates one is more likely to tolerate the other. Rudy Giuliani

The police have no leads as yet on the person or persons who painted obscene suggestions on the buildings. One store owner said he was going to leave a dictionary on a public bench so the vandals could at least spell the obscenities correctly. Anne Bishop

Nobody ever listened to me until they didn’t know who I was.  Banksy

There were the talking squiggles he’d seen in the crashed Globe too  writing, it was called  and it covered every surface, as if in this mass of people a man could be so lonely as to want to speak to the buildings. Peadar Ó Guilín

All the work I did was to challenge politics, culture, and women’s rights. I felt like I really wanted to break out. That’s why I wanted to use graffiti. It’s more open. I don’t need people to come to an exhibition. Graffiti gives a voice to the walls. Malina Suliman

Second only to the master of us all, Clodia has become the most discussed person in Rome. Versus of unbounded obscenity are scribbled about her over the walls and pavements of all the baths and urinals in Rome. Thornton Wilder

Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it’ s a tool; I’ll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw. I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?  Banksy

Graffiti, citizens, is the name for the way capitalists deface their public buildings. Adam Johnson

I don’t think you should have to pay to look at graffiti. You should only pay if you want to get rid of it. Banksy

If women don’t like men staring at their chests, they shouldn’t write on them. Ron Brackin

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. Banksy

You’re breaking the fucking law, Cole there is no right way to do this. Danika Stone

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop