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Writing on the Wall

July 1st, 2009
12:24 PM ET

On Monday's show CTW took a special look at graffiti around the world. Take a look below.

What are your thoughts? Is graffiti a big problem where you are? Tell us! Leave a comment below or write to us at ConnectTheWorld@CNN.com

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    July 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  2. ebuka ken

    indeed and truly the world has lost an icon so dear to many,i wonder somtimes if michael jackson skin was black would he have made such impact.we should all to appericate that which is divine given.

    July 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  3. Koy

    BNE is all over Tokyo- and not a NEW tag by any means, been seeing it around for years...

    July 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  4. Zac I.

    I second that Gene!
    Walls are bad! Integration not seperation! Love your brother, don't lock him up in a cellar!

    July 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  5. adilson

    some kind of art is nice .however other ones are truly a pollution.

    July 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  6. Jim Smith João Pessoa, Brazil

    Graffiti is a big problem in Brazil as it is elesewhere. These are not "artists" but simply vandals with no respect for the property of others. They should be severely punished when caught. If I defaced your car and called it "art" it would be a crime. This is no different.

    July 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  7. Donato Schimizzi

    The "art" & "vandalism" category overlaps in street graffitti. Wasn't Norman Mailer one of the first to wave its glorious banner?

    I love graffitti -it's all over some of the inner cities in Mexico & as an amateur photgrapher I love shooting it, for there are some truly GREAT graffitti artists out there.

    Communities would do well to offer inner city Mural Painting Competitions for its youth through the utilization of abandoned or unattractve city sights.

    Donato Schimizzi, writer
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    July 1, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  8. Ari Greenblatt

    Lets not forget that the walls are there to keep the suicide bombers OUT !! How typical of the world to form a moral picture based on their television and internet link.

    July 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  9. Ifeoma ezemba

    Grafiti is not at all common in Nigeria where i'm from. And i guess i'm grateful for that. But i think it serves as an outlet for people to air their views on subjects that bothers them. It has its pros and cons but i think generally inorder to conform to civility it should be discontinued. There are alot of other means to say what you desire and how you feel.

    July 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  10. Juan M Gomez

    Graffiti is a deep social expression that shows a form of art that is almost uncontrollable. As one of the four elements of the Hip Hop culture is here to stay and should not leave, even if makes people uncomfortable. In fact, art has the capacity to elicit heavy social reactions from the establishment and from the middle and upper class. Here in Colombia, we have great Graffiti artists, which paint the truths on the walls that cannot be faced by our Government.

    July 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  11. Ellis Moore

    Sounds like Bane.

    I mean, mostly always taggers and graffitti artists will...tag they're signature. It's too ambivalent to be a warning or a movement.

    It could be a crew but unlikely because of the King addition. And for what you've shown, it doesn't look like BNE tackles political or social issues. His tags aren't satyrical and his signatures aren't to complicated.

    They're just tags. The best guess, so far, is that it's one person (or various, taking it that someone might've started some sort of "around the world" gimmick) who wants international recognition.

    And I might be shooting in the dark here, but I stick to Bane. I don't know, makes sense to me.

    July 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  12. C. Leventhal

    As per graffiti being counted as vandalism or art, one has to keep in mind that there are those who are truly artists, and would never go and tag or bomb private property such as a car or a side of a family house. Those who do are usually looked down upon in the graffiti community because there is no respect in it. Banksy and even Claw and the man responsible for the Space Invaders do not throw up pieces in places that would be considered offensive. Moreover, most journalism regarding graffiti doesn't go deep enough into this sub-culture.

    Regarding the graffiti on the wall, has it been so long that the world has forgotten the art of Christophe Bouchet, Thierry Noir, and Keith Haring amongst others and what they accomplished in Berlin? To them, they did not want to paint the Wall to make it beautiful–"We are not trying to make the wall beautiful because in fact it's absolutely impossible....One bloody monster, one old crocodile who from time to time wakes, eats somebody up, and falls again back to sleep until the next time."

    July 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  13. kmccabe

    there is so much graffiti in paris. its shocking really. On the suburban trains there is always scratched up windows, writing on seats, signs, adverts.....everywhere.

    July 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Reply
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  14. David Callard

    May I propose a speculative clue to BNE's identity? I note that 'BNE' is the IATA 3 letter airport identifier for Brisbane (BrisbaNE), Australia. Perhaps 'BNE' is a frustrated Australian globetrotter looking to leave his 'mark' on the world!?

    July 2, 2009 at 12:52 am | Reply
  15. Abel NSENGA

    Graffiti or not, painted with art or just scratches, wall is there to reflect a divided humanity for its destruction. Why do we build walls? The day we'll find an adequate answer to why, that day will be the end of walls. And, for sure, "people are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges".

    July 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  16. johnathan Levine

    BNE has a blog,I just found it at http://www.gradientmagazine.com

    July 4, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  17. Francesco Sinibaldi

    Like the sound of a dream.

    The splendour
    of the laughing
    clouds appears
    in the calm
    of a quietness,
    with delicate
    breaths and a
    restless seaside.

    Francesco Sinibaldi

    July 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Reply
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