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Graffiti is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled,

 painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is often regarded by others as unsightly damage or unwanted vandalism and something that they want removed. Hence, graffiti removal and protection services have gone into business.

Modern graffiti is often seen as having become intertwined with Hip-Hop culture as one of the four main elements of the culture (along with the Master of ceremony, the disc jockey, and break dancing), through Hollywood movies such as Wild Style. However, modern (twentieth century) graffiti predates hip hop by almost a decade and has its own culture, complete with its own unique style and slang.

Initial groundwork for the current social significance of graffiti in America began around the late 1960s. Around this time, graffiti was used as a form of expression by political activists. It was considered a cheap and easy way to make a statement, with minimal risk to the artist (the artist, often, a hippie).

 

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21 Bernice St, San Francisco, CA 415 348-0504

Econ-O-Sweep-Graffiti Control
1599 Hampton Way, Santa Rosa, CA 707 522-1680

Graffiti Hotline
San Rafael, CA 415 485-5326

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2575 Stanwell Dr # A, Concord, CA 925-798-9040

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160 Ford Way, Novato, CA 415 892-0199

S & B Soda Blast & Graffitti
2434 Teaberry St, Santa Rosa, CA 707 578-7773

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1308 Dynamic St # 8, Petaluma, CA 707 763-7185
 
 
 
 
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Gang graffiti also rose in visibility, used by gangs to mark territory. Some gangs that made use of graffiti during this era included the Savage Skulls, La Familia, and Savage Nomads.

Gang relations with graffiti

Groups that live in industrial or poor areas may use graffiti for various purposes, especially if many groups populate one specific area or city. The main use is to mark either territory or "turf" by tagging a space such as a wall on building near or on the boundaries of a gang's turf to inform other gangs of their presence. Usually, this type of tag will have the name of the gang. They are also used to communicate with other gangs, usually to warn them of a coming assassination of a certain member, by either writing the member's street name and crossing it out, or by finding tags by the member and crossing them out.

If a gang overwrites another gang's tag, it is also the symbol of a takeover of a gang's turf or a sign of aggression toward the gang. While most cities now take measures to prevent this, such as washing or erasing tags, it was much more common in the mid 1980s when crime waves ran high.
 

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