Some consider it an artform. Others look at it as vandalism, plain and simple. For one facet of or society, it’s part of their culture. Calling it tagging, it was there at the beginning of hip-hop and was linked to rap and the urban music scene for decades. Now, graffiti is getting it’s due, from the preservation of montages made by the general public to gallery shows where the spray paint style settles in between the old masters and the new breed. For most of us, however, the closest we get to a showcase is the local abandoned building, or where present, a train or subway car. They used to be part of ‘tagging’ a territory. Now, there’s more aesthetic than anger involved.

Over in the Netherlands, someone decided to do a bit of wall art archeology. At a building called The Graffiti Hall Of Fame, Paul DeGraaf decided to analyze the more than 30 years of paint that went into the complex design present there. He likens the discovery to rings on an old tree (the way you can tell the age of such ancient wood, fyi) and there’s even a chart in the gallery to explain the various decades this wall has gone through. In the end, some are angry that DeGraaf would “deface” the graffiti for his amateur research. Kind of ironic, when you think about it.

It’s Known As The Graffiti Hall Of Fame

It goes by the name of “Doornroosje.”

This Art Archeologist Took A Sample From Here

He wanted to see what the surface was made of.

This Is What He Found

Layer upon layer of paint.

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