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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10 months ago

This made me smile. Very clever.

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Hello it Smee
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10 months ago

That one way to get it painted by the city.

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MagicalUnicorn
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10 months ago

Canada, is that you?

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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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10 months ago

Agree!

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Hello it Smee
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10 months ago

Lovely writing

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John
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10 months 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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10 months ago

Hahahahaa

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Salmacys
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10 months ago

I love your cat too!

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Martha Meyer
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10 months ago

So... is it safe for women?

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Firework
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10 months ago

True for anyone with anxiety

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DAMIAN HERNANDEZ
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10 months ago

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

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Elizabeth Schuyler
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10 months 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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10 months ago

something a 7 year old would write. Kind of funny

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Hello it Smee
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10 months ago

More people need that reminder

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Hello it Smee
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10 months ago

Hahaha, calling them out for not matching. Too funny

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Hello it Smee
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10 months ago

Nice correction

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It's Okay, Savannah, Ga

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Salmacys
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10 months ago

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

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Charlotte
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10 months 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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10 months ago

heck you buddy, lol

DAMIAN HERNANDEZ
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10 months ago

thats mean you poopyhead

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The Shadow
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9 months ago

Disregard the constabulary!

Amanda Hunter
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10 months ago

Err, the police keep us safe from scumbags.

K.d. Smith
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8 months ago

I did not look really well and thought it said DAM THE POLICE.

CHLOE PRESTON
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9 months ago

what is with you

William Hayes
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9 months ago

That's probably better than "Darn the Policies of this place" ...

Nancy Jeckells
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9 months ago

Definitely in Canada

Mer
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10 months ago

Oh horse poop!

Johanna Mueller
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10 months ago

Coming straight from. The underground

Dorothy Parker
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10 months ago

...they're beginning to unravel.

Cactuar Jon
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10 months ago

is this from Yorkshire?

Frances Portokalaki
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1 month ago

Knitting advert.....

Peter Hedstrom
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9 months ago

They were being Unfair?

Michael Branson
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9 months ago

...a nice pair of socks :-D

Piri Wendriner
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9 months ago

There is a Hungarian swearing: The cat will kick you!

Terrakian Dragon
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9 months ago

...And me socks, if you're alright with it? I can't do it worth a stitch. :-p

Brandi VanSteenwyk
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9 months ago

LOL! Must be here in Utah where we are known for our "lesser than evil" expletives.

Dorothy Cloud
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9 months ago

LOL.

Hans Teunissen
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10 months ago

it would be funny if he stopped at the C "line"....

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tuzdayschild
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10 months ago

I wish everyone knew this truth.

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Rickie Cole
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10 months 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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10 months ago

Aww... thanks! U2!

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Luna Lovegood
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10 months ago

Wear your helmet, kids!

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Lilli
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10 months ago

love the Illuminati symbol lol

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Luna Lovegood
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10 months ago

Agreed!

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tuzdayschild
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10 months 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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10 months ago

That whole wall looks weirdly photoshopped?

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MagicalUnicorn
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10 months ago

i like that cat man, nice addition :)

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Salmacys
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10 months ago (edited)

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

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tuzdayschild
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10 months ago

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

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