PELION 2011: "So it's back to the shit" - a sign of resignation and defeat.
Graffiti often carries potent messages. Sometimes those messages can sound extremist, but that should not be surprising. Graffiti is a representation of extremism. Graffiti writers do not perform their trade in full view of the public, even though their hangouts are public spaces. Graffiti writers go about their business surreptitiously, when they know they will not be seen. They spray under the cloak of darkness to make sure that their work will be seen in the light of the day.
ATHENS 2013: "Goal and a beating" - a recurrent theme in team soccer, akin to saying that you play to win, and if you don't win, you turn to violence. This graffiti appeared near the entrance to the OAKA installations, where I had previously seen some staff working on the grounds, keeping them clean. The next morning, at the entrance to the grounds , I noticed an upturned trashcan on what appeared to be spotless grounds right in front of the metro station. Someone had just kicked it over, presumably on purpose, with complete disregard for the efforts of others to keep the area clean, and the desires of others to be able to enjoy a public space with respect.
When this form of communication is used as a weapon, as in the case where the graffiti writer put it in his mind (and they are usually male) to enforce an opinion or a state, we always have to remember that graffiti writers are in the minority and they don't really express the society in general. They live in hope, in similar ways that we do.
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