A more recent art form, writings appeared on walls some thousands of years after drawings. From its invention to this day, writing has mainly persisted because of the protection that laws afford it.
The brush was the tool typically used for simple, innocuous writings on walls, but when resistance movements against authorities and censorship emerged, the medium of graffiti needed a more practical, swift means of artistic expression. Conveniently, in the early 1960s aerosol paint was introduced.
Modern day artists create two primary types of graffiti: free spraying and stencil graffiti. While free spraying requires a high degree of artistic ability, to create stencil graffiti one sprays paint across a stencil to form an image onto the surface underneath it.
Graffiti has remained faithful to the Syrian revolution since the beginning, even as security forces arrest and gun down graffitists. Revolutionary writings are still being painted on every public surface, even over the black paint that some forces use to cover up messages.
Writing was invented in Syria, so how could tyranny oppress it?