by Mareike Muller in New Art on Monday 18 November 2013

Nowadays, everyone calls the paintings and writings done in the streets generically ‘street art’ and no longer ‘graffiti’. But it´s time to go back to the roots and to take a closer look at the original graffiti style. The term was officially established during the 1980s and characterized artworks mostly done illegally and with spray-paint.

Of course, graffiti evolved and expanded its variety and these days we find numerous different styles and techniques on the streets, all summed up under the name ‘street art’. But the original style, defined as graffiti, is actually still out there. We just don’t call it that any longer. So let’s go retro and appreciate some of the more beautiful works, especially those by the French guys called Da Mental Vaporz aka DMV.