Graffit- crime or art

United States
March 1, 2009 5:50pm CST
Being a graffiti artist and a graphic designer I'm interested in peoples opinion on this subject. I believe graffiti starts as a crime for most of those who do it, just a way to rebel against the system then if the kid sticks with it really try's in his efforts to get up then it become art. Someone who sits 3 hours a day practicing his hand style or drawing a piece in a black book is an artist and when they bring their style to the streets it's art.
5 responses
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
2 Mar 09
i actually like some grafitti. if its done well. kids that are just doing graffitti just for the heck of defacing a building. there is some really great art work out there.
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@leeesa (885)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I love graffiti and while some out there is definitely vandalism, I've seen beautiful work in Europe that I would definitely consider art. It's raw and it's real, and it's amazing! I think there should be a place where graffiti artists can develop their talent legally.
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@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
7 May 09
I consider graffiti an art if it's done artistically. But if it's simply one of those chicken scratches I see that doesn't do anything except dirt the wall that it was painted on because of their vulgar language and nonsense and sometimes hate messages, then I'd consider it a crime.
• Philippines
1 May 09
Graffiti is art when it is executed beautifully, and when it is done in the right place, given the permissions. All the 'graffiti' in the streets that I see are not art but plain territorial marking and vandalism. I bet these guys just took can and sprayed their aliases on the wall. I feel bad for these people because they can make something better than that and still resort to lowly wall doodling.
@Catfreeek (346)
• United States
5 Apr 09
That all depends if the graffiti is designed and interesting or just someone simply spray painting their name. If a tag is creative then I would call it art.