Disclaimer: Graffiti is illegal, and you should not participate in it. It is a defacement of public property and a contributor to urban blight. That being said, many works of graffiti are done by talented artists who may not otherwise have a venue for their work, and cultural commentary on that work can often be fruitful.

I was standing on a corner in San Francisco a few weeks back and noticed “make” scrawled in white marker on a newspaper stand. I was fascinated. Was this a command to others, a modest suggestion, or simply a word chosen at random for this particular tag?

Being curious, I began searching for other instances of the “MAKE” tag. It turns out there are dozens, stretching from here all the way to Japan. I would like to think that the idea of making is somehow in the underworld zeitgeist and being expressed in this graffiti. Of course, I may be a little over-optimistic, too.

Here are 10 of the best ones I’ve found. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.