This Photographer Spent Nearly Ten Years with Europe’s Graffiti Youth

Breaking and entering, trespassing, and vandalism were an everyday part of Italian photographer Marco Mendia’s life for nearly a decade. Before he became his own boss and founded a creative studio in Milan, Mendia ran with teenage graffitos who used Europe’s metro systems as subterranean playgrounds to explore, take pictures, and practice spray-can calligraphy. From the mid aughts through 2015 they ran the tunnels, mostly without incident.

He's been in the graffiti scene since he was 14...

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