Ever since I arrived in Basque Country about a week ago, I have started seeing graffiti popping up. It’s mostly confined to highway overpasses or isolated alleyways, but occasionally I have seen pieces on more congested streets; no guesses as to how long they will remain. The graffiti I see ranges from furious scribbles of black spray-paint to intricate drawings that were done with the care and precision of someone wielding a felt-tip marker rather than an aerosol can. I have also noticed that the subjects tend to fall into one of three categories:
1) The philosopher/poet who leaves a poem or words of wisdom on the wall
2) The revolutionary who writes his/her manifesto in spray-paint—always in capital letters
3) The pilgrim who draws him/herself or perhaps simply writes “Buen Camino!” in lazy script
Here are some examples of poetical graffiti I have seen:
Here are some examples of politically-motivated graffiti. I would like to add that this is the only instance of anti-Semitism I have encountered so far on my entire trip to Europe, and it falls into the especially ludicrous category of lumping Judaism and Zionism into the same category as Nazism.
This is my single favorite piece of all the ones I have seen so far, mostly because if I were to create any graffiti of my own the voice is the same:
And finally, we have the light-hearted drawings and inspirational messages left behind by fellow pilgrims:
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