The history of football and graffiti
Graffiti is nowadays mainly expressions of social and political messages that are conveyed to the public by local walls, which function as the paper of the message. In the past, Graffiti was strongly associated with football.
Banksy, the mysterious graffiti artist, has great public recognition for his artistic works but mostly because it's meaningful, providing 'food' for thoughts. The exquisite paintings by the British street artist draw inspiration from the policies and decisions of great leaders. This is not always the case in England since in 70's, graffiti was truly associated with football.
At that time, the unsightly football grounds where anyone could distinguish the bare brick and steel were the perfect canvas for budding artists. But were not limited only to the stadiums. The famous spray could be found in various buildings in the city and railway stations.
The graffiti 'fashion'
The fashion of graffiti was inspired by the peace movement in the 1960's when it was used to express opposition to the Vietnam War and solidarity in Castro's Cuba. The message 'LBJ get out of Vietnam', which refers to the 36th U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, M., remained on a wall outside the doors of Craven cottage until the 80's.
The various slogans written in spray was not the prerogative of the fans of the home team. The spray was the essential accessory for any football fan who travelled away to watch his favourite team.
The Sprays of 'Winfield' company was the first choice for artists, both for its low price and it was very easy to use. The fans who travelled wrote the group name or a slogan in strategically important places on the field for the home team so they know the opponents that were found there.
Several people linked graffiti with vandalism and antisocial behaviour. The result was that the contribution of this art did not recognize into football. Although most graffiti from that period have disappeared, surroundings of railway stations, metro and pathways accommodate up to today projects associated with sports.
Wrongly associated with hooliganism
Someone travelling by train in northwestern England will observe graffiti praising Stretford End. It is wrong, however, the perception that all graffiti directly associated with hooliganism. Photographer Peter Robinson, included in his collection named 'Football Days', an excellent photo of a wall in Manchester with the names of players of Spurs, which were written in such a way as to give the 5-3-2 formation.
The reason why football graffiti declined in England are security cameras are ubiquitous and increased checks on entry to football stadiums. The fans have resorted to other ways of expressing their views (banners and flags in stadiums).