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.
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.
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.
- Don’t Call It Graffiti: The Guerilla Art of Banksy (stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com)