Last year I took this photo of the side entrance to Grainger Market , which was built in the 1830's in Newcastle, England. I used to pop into this pub many moons ago, hence the reason for taking the pic, plus I loved the big red doc martin. The scribbles on the side wall is the type of graffiti (tagging)that is really ugly, that has no aesthetic appeal or enhances what is an already a very ugly entrance. Maybe that is why they think it is okay to tag it, because it is already ugly? One would have no idea that this ugly entrance leads to one of the most beautiful classical buildings in the town. To see this pictures of this beautiful market, this site has some great photos.
How about this 11,000 year old example of graffiti?
For some fun clips about it, or hear the public's reaction to the introduction of hot pants, check out the bbc link.