Mural art along the Galloping Goose trail. Photo by Alejandro Erickson

A couple of years back, archeologists undertook to examine decades-old graffiti on the walls of a London flat once rented by the punk-rock band the Sex Pistols.

The vandalism comprises eight scrawling cartoons. Most were created by John Lydon, a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, and feature himself, his fellow band members and other Pistols associates.

The archeologists later intoned in the journal Antiquities that the drawings, like the cave paintings at Lascaux, France, are pieces of art and deserve archeological investigation.


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Sources for this article include:

Johnny Rotten’s graffiti: the new heritage?

Capital Regional District bylaw

Church dome painted by graffiti artists


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