Southern California’s graffiti was truly inspiring. From Venice Beach to The Sunken City there was evidence of a culture who’s main form of expression was tagging (the simplest and most prevalent type of graffiti). These communal ‘canvases’ brought the reality of the graffiti’s brevity and I found a type of beauty in the fact that it was ever changing. Without a sense of permanence it was important that the message was bold and clear, intensifying the artist’s use of details and colors. Before my trip my view of graffiti was simply a form of vandalism, now I see it as a form of art for the underground youth community.