I think there is a difference between graffiti and wall murals that we call graffiti. All the pieces that are shown on the images below say something different then the painted murals in Williamsburg or other parts of NYC like East Village. The intention and motives I feel are a bit different. I don’t think the graffiti that I took pics of on Staten Island was commissioned, nor even allowed vs some of the murals with positive messages or PR. These artist who tag the walls simply say one thing. “I was here” Like a dog marking their territory! With style they recognize and give props to one another. My friend seems to notice all the tags in and around NYC. Things that I am totally oblivious to. But he know’s, like a dog knows his kind, he knows.
Take a peek at what I would say is the real graffiti in NYC.