In fact, artists were also expressing themselves with spray paint 40,000 years ago. In Patagonia, Argentina there is a cave called Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands) where early man sprayed their tags. These innovators combined colored natural pigments with unknown binders in their mouths, used their lungs in place of fluorocarbon propellant, and through bone pipes sprayed their handprints on cave walls. And what is more amazing, they were not the only ones. Prehistoric hand images, mostly created by a spray paint method, can be found on cave walls in Egypt, Spain, France, and even on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi! Some may refer to these forms of expression as the oldest known graffiti.
Cave of the Hands,Patagonia, Argentina
One of many new fonts based on graffiti
The inscription might be read:
"Secundus greets his Prima wherever she is: I beg you, lady, love me."
It is assumed that Sucundus (Second) and Prima (First) may have been slaves and their names were cognomens. Thisgraffiti is one of six found in Pompeii where Sucundus expresses his love and yearning for Prima.