VV Graffiti

category: > History Now/Then

written by: Jaap Proost

THE word graffiti is derived from the Italian word graffiato, which means ‘scratched’. Before the invention of spray cans, the term referred to inscriptions found on the walls of ancient buildings. The political graffiti you see on the pictures on this page were painted on walls not long after WWII. On the first image the double V’s mean ‘viva’ and upside-down it stands for ‘death’. So it says ‘Death to the King’ and ‘Viva Communismo’

 

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