...from BCE to TAKI 183 in the 1960's:
Is it art? A brief overview:
A quick History and Kid friendly video:
n.pl '1851, ancient drawings or writings scratched on walls, as those of Pompeii and Rome; borrowing of Italian graffiti, plural of graffito- a scribbling, ultimately from Greek graphein- draw, write. The transferred meaning, applied to recently made crude drawings or scribblings, is first recorded in English in 1877.'
-Barnhart, Robert K. The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology: The origins of American English Words. H. W. Wilson Company, 1995.