Political Graffiti


A

A-ONE

AIKO

Al Diaz

Alexis Ross

Alicia McCarthy

André Saraiva

Andrew Schoultz

Anthony Lister

Anti-Graffiti

 

B

BANKSY

Barry McGee

BAST

Beastie Boys

Ben Jones

Bert Krak

Bill Barminski

Bill Daniel

BLADE

Broken Fingaz

Buddy Esquire

buZ blurr

 

C

Carl Weston

CES

Cey Adams

Charlie Ahearn

Chaz  Bojórquez

Claudia Gold

Cleon Peterson

COCO 144

Conor Harrington

Corita Kent

CORNBREAD

C.R. Stecyk III

Craig Costello

CRASH

 

D

DABSMYLA

Dan Witz

Dash Snow

DAZE

DEFER

DELTA

Dennis Hopper

Doze Green

 

E

Eddie Martinez

EINE

EL BARTO

Emory Douglas

Estevan Oriol

 

F

Fab 5 Freddy

FAILE

Faith XLVII

Felipe Pantone

Fly Tip Theater Puppets

Chris FREEDOM Pape

FUTURA 2000

 

G

Gajin Fujita

Glen E. Friedman

Globe Poster

Gordon Matta-Clark

Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins

Guerrilla Girls

 

H

HACER

Eric Haze

HENRY 161

Henry Chalfant

Herbert Migdoll

HO Scale Trains

HuskMitNavn

 

I

INVADER

 

J

Jane Dickson

Jason REVOK

Jean-Michel Basquiat

JEC*

Jenny Holzer

Jim Prigoff

Joe Conzo

John Ahearn

John Fekner

John Tsombikos

Jon Naar

José Parlá

Julie Reich, Ph.D

 

K

KATSU

KC Ortiz

Keith Haring

Kenny Scharf

KILROY WAS HERE

Kristofferson San Pablo

Kunle Martins/ EARSNOT

 

L

LADY PINK

LA-ZAR

Lee Quiñones

Lisa Kahane

 

M

MADSAKI

Maripol

Mark Gonzales

Mark Mothersbaugh

Martha Cooper

Matt Weber

Maya Hayuk

Michael Lawrence

Mike 171

Miss 17

Mister CARTOON

 

N

Nina Chanel Abney

NOC 167

 

P

Pat Riot

Patrick Martinez

Paul Insect

Political Graffiti

POSE

PRAY

 

R

RAMMELLZEE

Randall Harrington

RETNA

Richard Colman

Richard Hambleton

RIME

RISK

ROCKY 184

Ron English

Ron Finley

Ruby Neri

 

S

SABER

Sam Friedman

SANESMITH

Sayre Gomez

SEEN

Shepard Fairey

SHOE

SJK 171

SLICK

SNAKE 1

snipe1

Spray Paint Can Collection

STAY HIGH 149

Stephen Powers

STITCH 1

SWOON

 

T

Takashi Murakami

TAKI 183

TATS CRU

TENGAone

Tim Conlon

Timothy Curtis

Todd James

Trash Records

 

U

UGA

 

V

Venice Pavilion

VHILS

Victor Reyes

 

W

WICKED GARY

Writers Corner 188

 

Z

ZESER

 

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There has always been graffiti and I suppose there’s always been political graffiti of one form or another, but the 1960s brought it to a new level. When you think of a turbulent decade, images from the news flood thought your brain: JFK assassination, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the emergence of the counterculture, and so much more. With the mainstreaming of spray paint in the mid-60s and the invention of the Magic Marker, political graffiti seemed to be all the rage.

Among the more popular slogans and images were: FREE HUEY, FREE ANGELA, the Weathermen symbol, peace signs, U.S. OUT OF HANOI, BLACK POWER, FREE GREECE, WOMEN’S LIBERATION, U.S.A. LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, and THE YOUNG LORDS.  They were very powerful because they were beginning to appear in neighborhoods that didn’t normally have graffiti.

If you strolled around the campus of Columbia University or NYU, the peace symbols and anti-war sloganeering wrapped around you like a tapestry; of course, at Columbia (the home of SDS, Students for a Democratic Society) it seemed all political dissent was fodder for the neighborhood walls. It would be fun to try to link the two movements together, but the reality was that teenage graffiti writers had no interest in politics.

BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.