Spraying graffiti is illegal. Although the punishments are severe, many fronts and gables got colored by grafiti in Ghent. A few years ago, Rudy Van Quaquebeke, took the initiative to create a few areas where spraying graffiti was allowed. The Werregarenstraatje is one of these areas. They even provided paint for free.
The result was spectacular. A lot of places were nos uffering anymore from graffiti attacks.
Graffiti seems to be a contemporary plague, but at the beginning of our era, this was already a known phenomenon. Our Roman ancestors had the custom to put texts on the walls of the towns. The word graffiti' is coming from the Latin graffiari', which means to scratch. This more new form of graffiti came over from New York of the years 60.