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Desi graffiti turns walls into colourful canvases

"Imagine a city where graffiti wasn\'t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it\'s wet." -Banksy, Wall and Piece

Graffiti in theory is any writing or drawing scribbled, scratched or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view.

But in reality, graffiti artists express their emotions through their art and breathe life into dreary, flat walls, often turning them into standalone masterpieces.

Graffiti explores underlying social and political messages through artistic expression, helping us to gain insight into the lifestyles and languages of past cultures, just like any cultural artifact preserved through history.

Social media has helped graffiti artists come together like never before and platforms like Facebook and Instagram have given them a space to express themselves in front of the whole world.

Armed with spray paints and marker pens, these artists became famous for their unique hobby in the west during the 70s. But graffiti, as a culture, took its own sweet time to find its way into India.

Check out some cool graffiti from India here.