“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.”
Banksy, ‘Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall’
Graffiti sits somewhere between art and vandalism; love it or hate it, you can’t avoid it.
Scribbled, scratched or sprayed illicitly, graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times. Graffiti expresses underlying social and political messages or the territorial claims of rival gangs.
These photographs were taken in Bilbao close to the Metro line in Astrabudua and Lamiako. They illustrate the imagination and creativity of Basque youth.