3D graffiti stairs painted on a hallway wall and floor.
A busy bathroom graffiti wall.
We think of graffiti as something contemporary, but it has been around for centuries. In ancient Rome, when you had a written message for the public, you scratched it on a wall. What else could you do? You didn’t have a fax machine, a photocopier, or the World Wide Web. You couldn’t even take out an ad in a newspaper.
The walls of Pompeii, preserved for two thousand years under volcanic ash, are marked with numerous examples of this Roman custom. Here is some ancient graffiti form the walls of Pompeii:
* Successus was here.
* Gaius Julius Primigenius was here. Why are you late?
* Lovers, like bees, lead a honey-sweet life.
* I don’t want to sell my husband.
* Burglar, watch out!
* Someone at whose table I do not dine, Lucius Istacidius, is a barbarian to me.
* The fruit sellers ask you to elect Marcus Holconius Priscus as aedile.
* I am amazed, o wall, that you have not collapsed and fallen, since you must bear the tedious stupidities of so many scrawlers.
The custom of wall writing has occurred worldwide and continues to the present, though advances in the technology of paint have made it more of an opportunity both for art and for defacement on a grand scale. But it was the example of Pompeii that gave the world, and the English language, an Italian word for it: graffiti.
Graffiti probably reached it’s peak of popularity in the 70’s. There was so much political activism, social activisim, poetry, pot and deep thoughts, and not an easy way to anonymously express your ideas. These days, the internet provides much of a relief valve for what has long been expressed in graffiti. It’s definitely still out there, but it just might be slowing down. Just in case some of the greatest and funniest graffiti sayings of all time begin to fade away and disappear, this page will be adding to the list. Please feel free to send in your favorites… Here are a few of a growing collection to get it started…
Some Funny Bathroom Graffiti
Sign above urinal:
Please do not throw cigarette butts in the urinal.
It makes them soggy and hard to light.
“No matter how good he looks,
some other girl is sick and tired of putting up with his crap.”
“Bad spellers untie!!!”
“Fighting for peace is like having sex for virginity”
Men’s Room, Tan Son Nhut Airbase (Saigon)
“Roses are red
Violets are blue
Most poems rhyme
But this one doesn’t.”
(An arrow pointing to the toilet paper…)
“Another fine abrasive from your friends at 3M”
“TOLIET CAMERA IS FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY”
“Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.”
“Humpty Dumpty was pushed, man!”
“Always remember: Beauty is only a light switch away.”
“If pro is opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?”
“Help, the paranoids are after me!”
(Under a sign that said: “Employees Must Wash Hands”)
I waited and waited, but I finally washed them myself.
when I was born, I was so surprised
I couldn’t speak for a year and a half!
Sign posted in a thousand bathrooms:
We aim to please! You aim too! Please!
Sign seen at a swimming pool:
Welcome to our ool.
Notice there’s no P in it.
Please keep it that way.
On an elevator in New York:
“Elevator out of order.”
“Try the ones across the street.”
While I wait for the perfect woman to come along,
I’m having a lot of fun with the imperfect ones!
I get enough exercise just pushing my luck !
Deja Moo : The feeling you’ve heard this bull before !
God must love stupid people…He made so many !
WANTED: Meaningful overnight relationship.
Never put off to tomorrow
what you can avoid altogether
drive carefully ….donâ€™t kill a child
-wait for a lawyer
*LOST! One science teacher after last Thursdayâ€™s experiment
Old accountants never die ,they just lose their balance
just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
Happiness canâ€™t buy money
Smile -things may get worse more slowly
Death is hereditary
Always be sincere â€¦â€¦even when you donâ€™t mean it
The road to success is usually under construction
If youâ€™re not confused, you donâ€™t have all the facts
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now!
A good friend helps you move. A great friend helps you move bodies.
Wet paint! (This is not an instruction!)
Iâ€™m getting outta this one horse town-
Just as soon as itâ€™s my turn to ride the horse.
I like failure because itâ€™s so easy to achieve!
Cakes- 66 cents
Upside down cakes- 99 cents.
Donâ€™t judge someoneâ€™s power by the size of their exhaust.
Mona Lisa was framed!
Keep breathing. You never know when life just might be worth living again.
Use caution- 70% of all people were created by accidents.
Graffiti should be obscene and not heard
Old lawyers never die. They just lose their appeal.
My job is such a closely guarded secret, even I donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m doing
Rogetâ€™s thesaurus dominates, regulates, rules, ok, alright, adequately!
A socialist is someone who has nothing and wants to share it with everyone else.
I like to reminisce about the things I never did
Back in the old days that never were
When I was much better than I ever was
Death is natureâ€™s way of telling you itâ€™s time to slow down.
Iâ€™d give my left arm to be ambidextrous.
Charm is telling someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.
If the opposite of pro is con, then whatâ€™s the opposite of progress?
Be alert! We need more lerts.
I became self employed and I still have a jerk for a boss.
NPR: A Safe Zone (Thereâ€™s no radio activity there)
Every day 10 people die on a bicycle. 6 seriously.
Dancing is the perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
If you can keep your head when everyone else is loosing theirs, maybe you havenâ€™t understood the situation.
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