The reputation of graffiti 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.

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Falcon
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3 weeks ago

This made me smile. Very clever.

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Hello it Smee
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3 weeks ago

That one way to get it painted by the city.

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 weeks ago

Canada, is that you?

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Scrawls on 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.

It’s 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.

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IzzieM
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3 weeks ago

Agree!

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Hello it Smee
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3 weeks ago

Lovely writing

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John
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3 weeks 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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3 weeks ago

Hahahahaa

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Salmacys
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3 weeks ago

I love your cat too!

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Martha Meyer
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3 weeks ago

So... is it safe for women?

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Firework
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3 weeks ago

True for anyone with anxiety

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DAMIAN HERNANDEZ
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3 weeks ago

THIS IS OT TRUE!!!!!! im ugly and dont litter

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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3 weeks 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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3 weeks ago

something a 7 year old would write. Kind of funny

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Hello it Smee
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3 weeks ago

More people need that reminder

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Hello it Smee
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3 weeks ago

Hahaha, calling them out for not matching. Too funny

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Hello it Smee
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3 weeks ago

Nice correction

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It's Okay, Savannah, Ga

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Salmacys
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3 weeks ago

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

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Charlotte
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3 weeks ago

It's the accurate use of spelling and grammar by two strangers that's moving me the most!

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Hello it Smee
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3 weeks ago

heck you buddy, lol

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tuzdayschild
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3 weeks ago

I wish everyone knew this truth.

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Rickie Cole
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3 weeks ago

was literally there for years until it was recently painted over by a graffiti artist called Helch - I miss Peas

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Salmacys
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3 weeks ago

Aww... thanks! U2!

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Luna Lovegood
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3 weeks ago

Wear your helmet, kids!

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Lilli
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3 weeks ago

love the Illuminati symbol lol

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Luna Lovegood
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3 weeks ago

Agreed!

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tuzdayschild
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3 weeks 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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Marcellus the Third
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3 weeks ago

That whole wall looks weirdly photoshopped?

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 weeks ago

i like that cat man, nice addition :)

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Salmacys
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3 weeks ago (edited)

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

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tuzdayschild
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3 weeks ago

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

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