I’ve seen graffiti before. In Baltimore, there are some outstanding murals and graffiti work - call them memorials - that mark where lavish department stores and cultural centers once stood gracefully. In many cities throughout the States, the birth of hip-hop culture influenced not only the expression of music, but also graffiti art. It started with fellas like TAKI 183, a guy who was a foot messenger when he first began graffitiing. He painted in signature form across NYC until he made a name for himself as one of the originators of graffiti. His work is exhibited throughout the country in art galleries like the one I spotted on 69 Leonard St. It’s called Gallery 69 and houses the works of many well-known graffiti artists. Later that evening, I walked by a hotel in the city and was astounded to see graffitied lamps resting on the windowsills. Never seen that before, but it was a very cool site to see.