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Often used synonymously with ‘street art,’ graffiti art is influenced by the graffiti and mural art that’s ubiquitous in urban centers all over the world. The term ‘graffiti’ derives from ‘graffiato,‘ an Italian term meaning ‘scratched.’ The term was used to describe artworks where designs were scratched onto a surface, such as in pottery. Graffiti can be found on artifacts from ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Contemporary graffiti art often has an counter-culture allure and socio-political context. Spray paint and permanent markers are common mediums for contemporary graffiti art.