Faire un graffiti

If you follow this blog regularly, you’ll already know that I’m really quite conservative when it comes to art.

So no one is more surprised than me that I developed a tender spot for graffiti during my time in Paris this summer.

I kept grabbing my camera to snap all sorts of different examples of street art.







Faire un graffiti (fare uhn graff-i-ti) means “to do graffiti,” like Banksy, or the French street artists Zevs, Space Invader, or JR.

Another word for graffiti is le bombage, which refers to spray-painted graffiti, because one of the ways to say spray-paint is peinture à la bombe.

The verb form is bomber.








The word for a graffiti artist is un graffeur.

A stencil is un pochoir.  Some images have a political or social message.

Some images were spray painted with stencils, some were fanciful stickers with painted details added.

I thought they all were kind of fun. I wouldn’t have wanted to see them on the Louvre, for instance, but they tended to be on side streets in funky neighborhoods where the risk of offending people was smaller.

Banksy: Wall and Piece

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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