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Usually associated with hip hop and rap culture, graffiti is widely perceived to be a form of vandalism rather than art.Lebanese brothers Omar and Mohamed Kabbani (aka ASHEKMAN), countrymen Phat2 and Yazan Halwani, Spain's Btoyglitch, Germany's Tasso, and French artist Zepha are among the many prominent street artists whose work enlivens the city's walls.Halwani confided that he started making graffiti because he "wanted to be cool". The artist soon realized, however, that his art might have lacked identity. Halwani collaborated with graffiti artist Tasso to create a work that mingles Halwani's style with Tasso's photorealism.Tasso's work can be found here and, like many international graffiti artists, he works to include a local element in his pieces.Btoyglitch believes in censorship when it comes to graffiti, but she feels that everything regarding graffiti becomes public art.Phat2 calls himself a graffiti writer, not a street artist.
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