The reputation of graffiti art is not what it used to be. Once viewed as a nuisance and a sign of crime and social degeneracy, more and more cities are taking a new approach by putting up welcome areas for street art, or commissioning artists who are proficient with spray paint to decorate old buildings with murals. Of course, graffiti varies heavily in terms of complexity and mass appeal, and many argue that by arbitrarily picking what kind of street art is socially acceptable and should be encouraged by the law is simply creating a sanitized version of the traditional form of expression, as even the simplest scrawls have a purpose of expressing an opinion, frustration, or simply affirmation that one exists and wants to be heard.

Most of the graffiti in this post falls into the latter category, but with one common feature: the writer put it there just to make the next person laugh, smile, or think with their funny messages.

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Falcon
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1 year ago

This made me smile. Very clever.

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

That one way to get it painted by the city.

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Francis
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1 year ago

must be canadian :D

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Scrawls on public bathroom walls are a bit different and fall into a category of their own, a phenomenon that has been the subject of entire academic studies. Officially called “latrinalia,” writing on bathroom walls is something that psychologists have suggested we do because of the potential to express things that may be inappropriate without being suspected, as it’s being done behind closed doors in a space where people usually keep to themselves.

Such bathroom art is almost like posting on online forums. And much like the modern anonymous comments section, the content often tends toward crude and inflammatory, but this list shows that there are some well-wishers who want to brighten their captive audience’s day with cute messages.

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IzzieM
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1 year ago

Agree!

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

Lovely writing

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John
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1 year ago

"Gay" crossed out underneath. Because everyone knows living your mom is so gay.

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Some people have even used the stereotypical kind of vandalism that city councils hate for material good. Last year saw an epidemic of Brits forcing their local authorities to prioritize road repairs by painting every uninventive tagger's favorite body part over the offending potholes.

In 2015, one anonymous chaotic good character became infamous for the practice in Manchester, calling himself Wanksy, and apparently the approach that he pioneered has been repeated with success elsewhere. Locals can complain about this method all they want, but they can’t say it doesn't get the job done.

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Kate Kyffin
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1 year ago

Hahahahaa

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Salmacys
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1 year ago

I love your cat too!

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Bathsheba
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1 year ago

If you think about it too long, this is actually depressing.

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Firework
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1 year ago

True for anyone with anxiety

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Firework
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1 year ago

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This is badly phrased. Being ugly doesn't make someone litter. They should've put "People who litter are the only ugly people."

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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1 year ago

me trying to graffiti

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Graffiti In My Hometown Is Getting Out Of Control

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

something a 7 year old would write. Kind of funny

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

More people need that reminder

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

Hahaha, calling them out for not matching. Too funny

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

Nice correction

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It's Okay, Savannah, Ga

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Salmacys
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1 year ago

I wanted to write this but didn't have time to fi

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Salmacys
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1 year ago (edited)

Bless you, stranger friend. A friend of a stranger friend will always be my friendliest stranger friend. But a stranger of a friend of a stranger friend, will be the strangest friendlier strangest friend. Deal with it, strangest stranger!!!

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

heck you buddy, lol

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago (edited)

What's wrong with feeling alone? As long as you're not feeling lonely, feeling alone is very relaxing.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

Sadly this bridge graffiti was changed recently, causing British 'outrage' (loud tutting). 103519340_...e3b838.jpg 103519340_give_helch_a_break-5e313e5e3b838.jpg

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Salmacys
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1 year ago

Aww... thanks! U2!

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Luna Lovegood
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1 year ago

Wear your helmet, kids!

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Lilli
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1 year ago

love the Illuminati symbol lol

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Luna Lovegood
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1 year ago

Agreed!

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

You mom loves you too!

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"My Favorite I Get To Walk Past Most Days (Montreal, Quebec)" By _scarecrow_ In Canadiangraffiti

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Salmacys
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1 year ago

Yay! and the boys be like Purple, Yellow, Orange and Violet hearts. Let's make a rainbow!

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Firework
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1 year ago

😂

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Salmacys
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1 year ago (edited)

My Mom's so heavy-weight I call her Mother Earth.

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

I don't always succeed, but I do try.

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