professional and the underground) have had positive impacts on our world. Two known
artists, Daim, from Germany, and Banksy, from England, are prime examples of each
Daim started doing graffiti in 1989. His style of 3D lettering has forever raised
graffiti to a whole new level. Daim has said that he gets his inspiration from his studies
on photorealism; Dali’s surrealist paintings, and Van Gogh’s portrayal of light and shade.
Daim has his own graffiti studio where he and fellow graffiti artists work on large
collaborative murals and canvases. He is one of the most famous, and richest, aerosol
artists in Europe.
Banksy decided to take a different route with his work. Born in Bristol, England,
he is Britain’s most famous -- and notorious -- graffiti artists. Banksy’s work is well
known, yet his identity is not. Only close friends and some family know who he really is.
He is a faceless commentator, who uses mostly stencils to make his mark. Banksy has
done more than painted rats on buildings and stencils of kissing cops, he has put up fake
paintings in museums, dressed zoo animals in orange jumpsuits and handcuffs, and even
written protest pieces on the segregation wall in Palestine. Banksy is anti-government,
anti-capitalist, and anti-war. The police despise him, while the general public is thrilled
by his humorous ploys and paintings. He is a modern-day Robin Hood with a spray can.
Pieces he has done and his few gallery showings (where no one knows if he is present)
have also made him very rich. In Britain, he is as famous as he is anonymous.
Brendan Wells, an art major at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln had this to
say about graffiti: “I don’t think of graffiti as art or vandalism. Graffiti done in the right
places, back alleys and abandoned buildings, places people don’t have to go, and graffiti