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The street art scene in the Lebanese capital of Beirut reflects the city's unique identity; an Arab city rich with diverse cultures and Western influences. While graffiti has existed in Beirut for more than a decade, many artists credit the 2006 civil war as the catalyst for the evolution of the vibrant street scene. Today, Beirut is the hub of graffiti collaborations, with international graffiti artists flocking to its streets, and Lebanese artists looking to their Western peers for inspiration. Still, while these artists claim that graffiti is more or less legal in Beirut, there have been several recent arrests of graffiti artists; so the life of a street artist is not exactly risk-free.