Photo essay: Greek graffiti artists spray thoughtsLoading
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    Ancient Greeks chiseled their messages, often rude or boastful, into marble. They would probably be amazed how the illicit art form has evolved in the country's capital centuries later.
    In this photo taken on Wednesday March 12, 2014, pedestrians walk past work by Greek street artist iNO, at an exhibition space created out of an old gasworks on central Pireos Street in Athens.
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  • Greece Graffiti
    Graffiti covers entire buildings, trains, and is disrespectfully scrawled on the statues of respected ancestors. The vandals are often graduates of Greece's fine arts schools, who have sometimes spun their street art into commissions.
    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, people walk past street art work "Superman" by greek street artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis, in the Psyrri area of central Athens.
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  • Greece Graffiti
    Loudly expressing opinions is a national pastime that has only grown more raucous during the social upheaval caused by Greece's deep financial crisis. Vacant storefronts, acres of shutters reinforced against rioters are the canvases that have helped attract artists from Greece and abroad to spray their thoughts in Athens.
    In this photo taken on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014, a trolley bus passed street art by Greek street artist iNO, depicting a man in a business suit wearing the helmet of an ancient Spartan warrior, in central Athens. Local street artists often poke fun at the country's establishment, as the country suffers though a severe recession that has wiped out about a quarter of the Greek economy.
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  • Greece Graffiti
    Mindless tagging this is not: Violent confrontations with police, stateless children of immigrants, and the rise of a political party whose leaders were inspired by Nazi Germany are among the issues turned into art.
    In this photo taken on Wednesday March 12, 2014, a wall is decorated by the work of London-based street artist Alex Martinez, is seen in Athens.
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    In this photo taken on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014, a motorcyclist passed street art in central Athens. Greece has attracted international street artists to its capital, due to the availability of commissioned work and relatively lax anti-graffiti law.
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    In this photo taken on Wednesday March 12, 2014, a woman runs past the work 'System of a Fraud' by Greek street artist iNO, in central Athes.
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    In this photo taken on Monday Feb. 24, 2014, the work 'Moment' by Greek street artist SMTS is seen surrounded by graffiti tags in the Exarchia are of central Athens.
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    In this photo taken on Saturday Feb. 22, 2014, artwork by Indonesian-born street artist WD, inspired by a news photograph from recent riots in Istanbul, Turkey is seen in central Athens. Anti-government demonstrations in Greece have inspired local street artists as the country struggles to emerge from a six-year recession. The inscription on the wall is a quote from Argentine revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.
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    In this photo taken on Wednesday March 12, 2014, the exterior of a building is decorated by the work of artist Pavlos Tsakonas in central Athens. An increasing number of Greek businesses have commissioned exterior artwork, taking advantage of the thriving graffiti scene in Greece.
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    In this photo taken on Monday Feb. 24, 2014, the exterior of an olive oil factory is decorated with a commissioned mural, near central Athens.
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    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, a building front is decorated by the work of London-based street artist Alex Martinez, is seen in central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, Greek street artist Fikos paints a wall in the Kolonos area of Athens. The 27-year-old painter studied Byzantine art, influencing his work
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  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, a building front is decorated by the work of London-based street artist Alex Martinez, is seen in central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, a woman walks her dogs past the street artwork 'Notes' by Greek artist STMTS, in the Psyrri area of central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, Greek-French street artist Cacao Rocks uses an extension to paint the side of a building in central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, Greek street artist Fikos paints a wall in the Kolonos area of Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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    In this Saturday, Feb, 22, 2014 photo, Athenians sip coffee at a rooftop bar in Athens, overlooking a mural by the street artist Zap 51.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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    In this photo taken on Friday Feb. 21, 2014, graffiti is seen in a shuttered shopping arcade in central Athens.
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    In this photo taken on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, a motorcyclist passes the work 'Access Control' by Greek street artist iNO, on central Pireos Street in Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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    In this photo taken on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, a homeless man sleeps next to work by 30-year-old Greek street artist Sonke in central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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    In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 , a portrait honoring slain rapper 'Killah P' is seen in the Exarchia area of central Athens. The fatal knife attack against the 34-year-old singer, Pavlos Fyssas, allegedly by a volunteer of the far-right Golden Dawn party, triggered a police crackdown on the ultra-nationalist group, and the jailing of the party's leadership pending criminal trial.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, a woman waits at a busstop beside the work 'Access Control' by Greek street artist iNO, on central Pireos Street in Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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    In this photo taken on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014, a woman walks past the work 'capture' by Indonesian-born street artist WD, in the Exarchia area of central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Monday Feb. 17, 2014, the work 'Athens Burning' by Indonesian-born street artist WD, is seen on the front of a fire-gutted building in the Exarchia area of central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Monday Feb. 17, 2014, the work 'Sleep' by Greek street artist SMTS is seen surrounded by graffiti tags in the Exarchia area of central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Monday Feb. 17, 2014, an anti-austerity work of street art featuring the Dalton Brothers from the Belgian comic 'Lucky Luke' is seen in the Exarchia area of central Athens. Greece's grueling financial crisis and the harsh terms of an international bailout have inspired multiple works of graffiti around Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
  • Greece Graffiti
    In this photo taken on Thursday Feb. 6, 2014, a woman walks past a building front decorated by Indonesian-born street artist WD, in the Exarchia area of central Athens.
    Dimitri Messinis | AP
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