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

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 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 Banksy’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 110m 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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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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semper_fidelis 8 February, 2013 - 16:05

I am from Ukraine.
In our country is not so many graffiti. And I was very impressed by this article.
In my opinion, this graffiti is exclusively art))..

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Eva-T 7 February, 2013 - 17:45

Well I live in Albania. I think that graffiti is considered more like vandalism. Some people might like it for example I and here we say it is an art. But graffiti damages properties and it is illegal...

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Majla123 5 February, 2013 - 21:54

hellow .. i live in albania and here there arent too many walls with graffiti ,, we have just one place and we called it PIRAMIDA , and everyone can do graffiti there , but it is illegal

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Flo Gert 1 February, 2013 - 19:38

Gaffiti i think is a way of art that helps us to expres our feelings and i love makeing graffits on my notebook :D

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teri 29 January, 2013 - 18:56

im from albania and here graffiti isnt practiced very much but i think that graffiti ia an amazing art and i think that graffiti must use to express feelings and not to ofend smb... anyway thats only my opinion....♥

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Nona 29 January, 2013 - 15:09

Wow , Albania has invaded this page.(I'm from Albania to.)
I think that Graffiti is a kind of art beacause it expres the feelings of a person, but if we abuse with this art and use it for offended a person or some people it is a vandalism.
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JoEditor 30 January, 2013 - 08:27

Hi Nona and all the other new members from Albania. You're right that there are lots of comments at the moment from people from Albania. It's great to have you all here on our site. Can I ask you all a question? How did you hear about LearnEnglish Teens?
Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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TheJuli 30 January, 2013 - 13:02

Well I'm from Albania too so I'll be telling you how:
It was our English teachers. She told us that the ministry of education had send inspectors telling them, thats students should apply and open an account on LearnEnglish Teens. Reason is, is that we can practice english here and as from the name, learn more. I don't know whether this is the real story or not, but this is what our teacher said. Hope t helped you :D

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JoEditor 30 January, 2013 - 14:07

Hi TheJuli,
Thanks for telling us this. That's great! It's fantastic to have so many new users on the site. It's true - you can practise your English here and we hope you will learn lots of English. :)
Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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gerardway 28 January, 2013 - 00:07

Im from Mexico in my country is a weak idea of graffiti some schools are starting to give graffiti art like a class here there is not a famous graffiti artist but in mexico city there are many persons that with typical paints of mexico do a paint on the floor and are very good

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Violin Guy 22 January, 2013 - 13:17

Graffiti isn't an used art here in my country, Albania. But overall , i like it , as i like every kind of art :D

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Chiquita 22 January, 2013 - 09:55

I think Graffiti is a unique kind of art. Here in Albania there aren't much paintings on the walls even though we are not lack of talent. But Graffiti should be limited because it may damage the beauty of cultural and historical places.

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Jerry 21 January, 2013 - 15:08

It is a good idea to have graffiti walls for street "artists" to try and show their talent. Big companies like Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon.com etc. can detect them and buy the products. Good for the artist and the community!

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Anna_tagi 21 January, 2013 - 08:57

Hi)
I'm glad to see comments from Ukraine)))as I'm from Ukraine,as well. There are not many graffities. Everyone likes to watch them but doesn't write a lot. As for me, I like watching graffities and consider it as a form of art.
But I really against writing graffities in city's famous historical areas. For instance, I live in Odessa which has lots of old buildings. Odessa's appearance will be spoiled if graffiti is on walls of historical buildings.
So I think graffiti artists should write in a particularly place.

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