There is graffiti in almost every city in the world. Read this article to learn more about Britain's most famous graffiti artist.

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Where do you expect to see graffiti? Probably not in a museum. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, in the south-west of England, was the kind of place you went to see classical statues and stuffed animals in cases until the arrival of the ‘Banksy versus the Bristol Museum’ exhibition in the summer of 2009. The exhibition hosted more than 100 works by Banksy, one of the world’s most famous graffiti artists.

Banksy is a man of mystery. He hardly ever gives interviews and likes to be anonymous. Nobody knows much about his life or his background but many people believe that his real name is either Robin Gunningham, Robert Banks or Robin Banks and that he was born in 1973 near Bristol.

Banksy’s controversial ‘street art’ includes spray paintings on live sheep and cows and graffiti on the huge wall erected to divide Israel and Palestine. Brad Pitt spent over 2 million dollars on a Bansky original. Banksy designed an album cover for the Britpop group Blur in 2003 but he has refused at least four requests to do adverts for Nike. A year after the Bristol exhibition, Banksy made a film called Exit Through the Gift Shop. The film tells the story of a French street artist in America. Exit Through the Gift Shop received many positive reviews. Nobody knows if it was about a real artist or an invented character from Banky’s imagination.

Bristol isn’t the only place in Britain to welcome graffiti. The DPM Park in Dundee, Scotland has the longest legal graffiti wall (almost 110 metres long) in the UK. Anyone can paint on the council-owned wall any time they like. Mike Crilley, the graffiti wall project organiser, promotes the positive side of graffiti and runs workshops for local children.

Is everyone doing graffiti? Can we do graffiti where we want these days? Not exactly. It’s illegal to paint on somebody else's property so make sure you find a legal graffiti wall like the one in Dundee if you want to have a go.

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Is there a lot of graffiti in your town or city? Are there any famous street artists like Banksy where you live?

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Olya1101 16 December, 2016 - 14:41

  I live in a small town. Graffiti is not developed. But sometimes I see on the walls or bridges graphic drawings/

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Franco16 8 November, 2016 - 00:46

My Opinon of Graffiti
I like graffities because´nt expresses feelings as love, sadness, anger and happiness using creative art on the walls.
I dont like when they make graffities in private zones without consent.

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Nacho7 7 November, 2016 - 13:43

I think it is really cool if artists make it in a righ places, graffiti is imaginative and beautifully done

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sona 31 May, 2016 - 17:08

Yes,there is a lot of graffiti in my town,but it is mostly illegal and it is considered a vandalism. Graffiti here is made by teenagers,usually in their prom time,and it express a kind of rebellion. This way,we don't have any famous street artist. Teenagers usually paint on the walls of their school in an illegal way,but noone has punished them.

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xlegenddeath 26 April, 2016 - 02:17

Graffiti is okay, but sometimes gets too out of control. It sometimes shows creativity and talent. It also sometimes looks cool.

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TripleSwag 23 April, 2015 - 20:31

Hi i like graffiti but someone times it gets too out of control on what they are doing.
I think graffiti shows there feelings and creativity but other people think is illegal.
over all i think graffiti should continue and teached to smaller kids

From #TripleSwag

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BlazeTech 23 April, 2015 - 20:30

Excellent work... But some people have different opinions. On the one hand he is trying to fix the world but with art... On the other hand people disagree with is point of view. Really nice graffiti xD

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legend 4 December, 2014 - 14:37

In my town we haven't very much graffiti. General in my country Greece we haven't someone who is famous in graffiti but we have a lot walls with it.

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Anna24 13 November, 2014 - 09:06

Here, in Slovakia we have lots of graffiti on buildings, apartments or vehicles. I think graffiti can be art but here in Slovakia isn´t that art graffiti. there are almost vulgar graffiti:-(

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The_Persona 15 May, 2013 - 14:02

Cool. Thanks for article. One more interesting information for me. I’ve seen some works of Banksy. They didn't amaze me, but were really nice. I also enjoyed paintings of another famous british artist whose name is Smug One. I guess that graffiti is a kind of art. And the thing we call vandalism is terrible words and drawings on walls. Graffiti is not just unusual form of writing words it can be magnificent paintings too. For example beautiful portrait of girl, landscape and many others. There is graffiti in the center of my town that looks wonderful. It’s a real art, because it decorates old boring walls and is made by professional street-artists. And I saw a house looking like a book shelf – awesome idea of graffiti! Of course we mustn’t do graffiti where we want. I'm glad that there are places in Britain to welcome graffiti like DPM Park and Bristol.

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Natalija 2 April, 2013 - 17:24

Not too much, but still there is. For example, schools are the biggest victims of this kind of vandalism. I was so angry when I saw some stupid sentence written on the just colored wall of the school. It was offensive, too. I just don't understand them, the government should prohibit this kind of destroying goods.

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fatmira n 19 March, 2013 - 15:47

we have just one place and we called it PIRAMIDA,when we can do graffiti but it is illegal..

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fatmira n 2 April, 2013 - 18:13

We have a project in english about culture of continents and i solved this topic ^graffiti^

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Jonathan - Coor... 3 April, 2013 - 10:18

Hi fatmira n! How did your project go? Was this page useful for you? The comments about attitudes towards graffiti in different places have been really interesting reading too so thanks to all our users around the world who have written in!
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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fatmira n 4 April, 2013 - 15:48

Hi jonathan!The project is going well.Now we are in the end and we are going to introduce it before our teacher.This page served me to see everithing that need me.
thanks for your attention,
fatmira n

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Stavii16 28 February, 2013 - 12:43

I am from Greece and I have to say that we have a lot of graffiti lovers here!
A big,colorful graffiti can really change your mood and make your day! :)
However,it's very sad when you notice that even very important places and new-built bilidings have been .. decorated with graffiti. :/

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MALINE 24 February, 2013 - 15:26

hi all! There isn´t any famous graffiti artist here in México but a few years ago you could draw a graffiti in the "Azteca Stadium", it was a good idea for those who likes graffiti,there was lots of differents graffities like one of the pope Juan Pablo II and one of Michael Jackson.

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marli 21 February, 2013 - 15:36

i likegraffities but in my counry are not used. i guess graffiti is a kind of art. i would be really happy if someone write my name on walls. ah by the way my name is ornela

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