Irony, spontaneity, and naif style: this is how graffiti took root in Castellón, Spain.

On February 9, 1980, a day after the assassination of The Beatles’ leader, the walls of Castellón were covered with phrases like “John Lennon lives” or “All you need is love”. The author of these phrases was José Luis Lorente, El Chino, a local musician known as the drummer of Morcillo El Bellaco. According to Alberto Ramos, MC Alberto, a Fine Arts graduate and author of the book “Un viatge per les parets de Borriana a Vinaròs. Orígens del grafiti a Castelló”, El Chino was the “visceral pioneer of graffiti in Castellón”. Ramos claims that “his message was a turning point, no longer political, but the expression of a feeling, rage, through art”.

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