A family strolling by the freedom wall outside of the University of the Philippines on a Friday afternoon. The freedom wall was created by the UP students and graffiti artists across Metro Manila.
Graffiti of fallen heroes by Serilya. Andres Bonifacio (left) and Jose Rizal (right) are two of the most popular heroes in the Philippines who fought for freedom during the Spanish colonial period. The former used arms against the Spaniards while the later used literature.
Traffic along Commonwealth Avenue where motorists and commuters can take a closer look at the mural to Stop Lumad Killings.
Stop Lumad Killing Mural along Commonwealth Avenue where hundreds of commuters and motorists pass by daily bringing awareness to the sentiments of the Lumads (Indigenous people from Mindanao).
The start of the freedom wall outside of UP Toyota GT Center. Toyota GT Center is a popular spot for conventions and graduating ceremonies.
Daily traffic along the freedom wall outside of UP. The freedom wall is more than a kilometer long, filled with graffiti from UP students and artists across Metro Manila.
Students passing along the Freedom wall on a Friday afternoon.
An eye-catching blockbuster graffiti artwork on the UP freedom wall. Blockbuster is a graffiti style which covers a large area within a short period of time.
Jeepney Terminal by the UP Freedom wall. The Graffiti provides commuters with an energetic atmosphere.
HEMP! Artwork along the UP freedom wall. Although illegal, Hemp can produce a better fabric than cotton which is also pesticide-free.
Graffiti at the parking lot near The Enterprise Center Tower in Ayala Avenue, Makati. The building hosts plenty of restaurants which cater to thousands of employees around the area. The graffiti provides the lot with a livelier ambiance.
Wildstyle Graffiti on the UP freedom wall. Wildstyle is a graffiti design which consists of complicated writing styles that is hard for the untrained eye to understand.
Graffiti is an art form which is scribbled, scratched or painted on a wall placed within a public area. The art originated in ancient times and is considered one of the oldest art forms to exist. One particular example of ancient Graffiti are the hand prints found in the caves of France and Spain. These hand prints are believed to have been created by Neanderthals some thousands of years ago.
Graffiti usually depicts the culture in society and makes its audience aware of such culture. This makes Graffiti different from vandalism because vandalism doesn’t help people become aware of social issues, instead all it does is defiles them. The photos I have taken show this phenomenon as portraits of national heroes and indigenous peoples spark awareness to passers by everyday. Since spreading awareness is a characteristic of Graffiti, many activists use this to further their message. Such occurrences can be seen during rallies when protesters scribble their demands on walls , floors and bridges. A person doesn’t have to be a magnificent artist to make graffiti. As long as there is a message that can be picked up. It is considered graffiti.
Graffiti is also an important element of Hip Hop culture. Since Hip Hop takes its roots from political movements which happened in the 80’s, Graffiti acted as a tool of communication to spread awareness during that era. Therefore, Graffiti is considered one of the foundations of Hip Hop and remains to be one of the elements constantly portrayed in it’s culture.
The 8 kinds of Graffiti Styles are Tag, Throw-up, Stencil, Stickers(slaps), Wildstyle, Piece, Blockbuster and Heaven. The simplest style is Tag, which consists of the writer's name in one color. Throw-up on the other hand have 3 colors and is considered much more complicated than Tag. Throw Ups are usually done in bubble letters. Meanwhile Stencil gets it’s name from holding a stencil against the wall and then spraying it. This style of graffiti was made popular by Bansky. Stickers on the other hand is similar to tagging because it is simple and easy. Graffiti artists like stickers because they can take their time in making them. Wildstyle is another design considered to be more complicated than the first three because it uses complex writing styles which is harder to understand by someone who is not well trained. The fifth design is Piece which is short for masterpiece. This graffiti style is hard to do illegally because of it’s complexity. Pieces consists of more the 3 colors and it usually needs to be commissioned. Blockbuster is similar to Wildstyle because it is used to cover a large area in a short period of time. The difference is Blockbusters use large block letters instead of complicated ones. The final design is Heaven, which is put in area’s that are harder to reach. Graffiti artists who manage to do this usually get more respect due to the difficulty of reaching the place.
I chose to cover Graffiti because of how much it relates to our society as human beings ever since our creation. From the hand prints in caves, the Egyptian hieroglyphs found in tombs, and all the fancy scribbles we find in walls today. Graffiti will always be a part of our culture simply because it is our natural instinct to create such art. Natural because anyone with a message can simply paint or scribble their messages in public areas. Instinctive because a baby with a pen will always communicate something by scribbling on walls or floors. As long as humans exists, Graffiti will survive along with it. Which is the reason why Graffiti has such an importance in our culture and society today.