“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing,” Banksy famously proclaimed. “And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” One of the striking things that you will notice when you are walking around the streets of Athens, Greece, is the amazing street art. Murals and street artwork range from artistic optimism, political reference or social satire.When asked around about the street art movement, the general consensus is it arrived in Athens around the early 1990s, where artistic murals first began appearing in the outlying neighborhoods before moving to the center of town. During this time in history, high unemployment and an economic crisis put Greece on the brink of bankruptcy. Sound familiar? 😉 With this, the Athens street art scene exploded, with protests moving away from violence on the streets to expressing themselves on buildings, shops and others places. Nowadays, you can take street art tours around the city to learn more about the artists and the movement happening in Athens if you want to explore deeper.Did you know that street art has ALWAYS existed in Greece? The word “graffiti” actually comes from the Greek word graphi meaning “to write.” Inscriptions and messages have been carved and embedded into buildings for centuries – an ancient art of communication.