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Graffiti has a long history and can be seen in most parts of the world. What drives people to pick up a can and spray a blank wall with bright paint? Mike Williams investigates.

In large parts of the world, at most times in history, walls in public spaces have been decorated by illicit art. When the public were allowed into the homes of wealthy Romans, graffiti soon began to appear and it was regarded as a weakness to remove it. The modern day graffiti artist risks being arrested and even death, climbing into forbidden premises to spray private buildings or parked subway trains. Why do so many people like making graffiti art?

Presenter:Mike Williams
Producer:Rose de Larrabeiti
Editor:Andrew Smith.

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12 minutes