The term graffiti was traditionally used in reference to drawings, inscriptions and other notes on the walls of ancient temples, caves or shelters. Some languages, such as Safaitic language are only known or were only discovered because they were graffiti. Some of these languages date as far back as the first century BC. The term has continued to refer to posts and markings on surfaces, but often in a more derogatory fashion.

Modern graffiti, or graffiti as we know and see it today debuted in Ephesus, an ancient Greek city (located in what is now Turkey). Those who translated the first modern style graffiti message were able to decipher that the heart looking shape along with a number and footprint actually translated into an ad for prostitution, leading those who saw the ad to an alleged nearby brothel. If you would like to create a gallery to help store your favourite inscriptions or graffiti, or if you are an artists, please visit to help you develop your own app which can aid you in the promotion of your art.

Beyond Greece, Romans also carved graffiti on the walls and on their statues and monuments. Content was more along the lines of love, politics and food for thought which is not that far off from some of the graffiti we see on subways, trains, walls, overpasses and buildings today. Today’s graffiti often sends messages related to politics, love, literary quotes or bold statements. Today’s graffiti does not however, often contain spells, magic or any sort of allusion to sorcery or witchcraft, unlike that which was inscribed in Vesuvius.

Graffiti has had different meanings and served different purposes over the course of history from ancient forms of communication to means of entertainment and communication during wars such as World War II.

Graffiti also became a prominent symbol and form of expression within many genres and sub genres of music including rock, punk rock, hip hop, and R&B. The famous “Clapton is God” artistry may be one of the first ever indications of the harmony between graffiti and music.