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The Human Evolution of Writing on the Wall

Writing on the wall is something we as humans have done for centuries. It has taken the form of cave paintings, hieroglyphics in Egypt, murals in Greece and graffiti throughout time and history. We have a desire to adorn our living spaces and to tell stories or make notes. Anyone who has ever had a small child can tell you how much trouble it can be to stop them from writing or drawing on the walls. There are practical reasons people might want to be able to write on walls, but as long as the effect is permanent it’s not something to be done lightly. So in the modern context it’s often though that few can enjoy writing on the walls and those who do often get into trouble for it.

Writing on the walls appeals to us because it’s a way to put ourselves into where we live. It is a place to put our thoughts and ideas. When we buy a poster we’re writing on the walls, just with someone else’s art. It’s one of the most basic things we attempt to do to establish a concept of home and identity. We’ve found ways to continue writing on walls even if doing so with actual pen or paint would ruin them. We buy art that speaks to us, we tape messages to ourselves and loved ones. We’ll buy cork boards and dry erase and black boards we’ll find ways to put ourselves into the essence of our homes to declare that this is where we live.

The evolution has gone from cave painting to painting prints. We no longer crudely draw to worship a sun god but instead can get a poster for our favorite movie or artist, or we can get a print of a piece of art that speaks to us. Writing on the walls conveys a message, once it was “food is here” now it’s “there’s no food here what should I buy at the grocery store?” We keep finding new ways to keep writing on the walls. We’ve invented blackboard and whiteboard paints that make it so chalk or marker can be applied to our walls without permanent damage. The reasons we write on the walls haven’t changed, the means have but the intent remains, we record our thoughts and knowledge, we leave messages to those who need them, and we express who we are. Writing on the walls isn’t just graffiti: it’s what we all do to make a set of walls into a home.

Wink’s clear finish turns any paintable surface into a place to write, erase, and repeat. Just grab a dry erase marker and start sharing ideas, organizing and creating, everywhere, without the limits of a whiteboard. To learn more about Wink, and see the writing on the walls visit website or call 800.632.9465.