“The Law is Banned” or (قانون قدغن) The First Ever Farsi Graffiti in Tehran’s Street by CK1 Keyvan S


“The Law is Banned” or (قانون قدغن)

The phenomenon of "Graffiti as an Art" did not exist in Iran till the recent millennium.

However, there were few artists who brought it to the Iranian streets. Obviously it was not exactly the well-received thing by the authorities. This specific work called “The Law is Banned” or (قانون قدغن) is the first ever graffiti in Tehran that delivered in Farsi language. The date of this work goes back to 2002.

This is located in the west of Tehran. There is wall between Shahrak Apadana and Ekbatan and this work was done there. It was next to Tehran – Karaj Highway and had more than million views per day.

This short video shows the graffitis in early 00s at Shahrak Apadana and Ekbatan:

Back then graffiti was an unknown issue to the public and Ck1 Keyvan Shovir who only was 17 years old was the first person who introduced it to the people of Tehran. After that graffiti as an art was presented in galleries.

One of the galleries which took initiative to introduce street arts was Mehrva gallery. They started to present graffiti artists in a group show.

And Keyvan Shovir was the first Graffiti artist that his works and his name got exposed across on the world stage and mainstream media. He was still a teenage when his works shown in “Arte TV” channel along with few well-known artists like Shirin Neshat as “talented young artist”.

CK1 Keyvan Shovir early graffiti