Graffiti Essay

1111 words 5 pages
| Graffiti is Vandalism, Not Art | | | STUDENT NO: | 16 MARCH 2011 |

The thread of this simple essay will centre on the controversy surrounding “graffiti art”—is it art or simply vandalism. The paper will explore the true meaning of graffiti art, characteristics of common graffiti which includes a background history of its evolution in society, the different motives of artists who uses graffiti art, the conclusive facts that stem from my own point of view, and what the future holds for the graffitist. Overall, this paper will explore the culture of graffiti—is it art or vandalism.

What image comes into mind when one hears the word, “graffiti?” From Wikipedia, “Graffiti” is the name for images or lettering scratched,
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* Sometimes people may not even have a reason. They will do it just to see that they can get away with doing something illegal as unwanted vandalism. Pleasure is derived from conscious illegal behaviour. * And lastly, from various researches I have done, it seems that people do it to show their art because not everyone can get into galleries. It is in a way a form of competition between artists who struggle to have that formal and expensive training as compared to artists who has no formal training whatsoever. With the various factors and aspects presented, is “graffiti” is still considered as a sort of vandalism. Though many consider graffiti to be a form of art and free expression, in the society it defies property laws and is seen as hate propaganda. With these in thought, graffiti is actually a serious criminal act and have nothing to do with freedom of expression or art. Misguided attitudes towards this form of art are by way of defiling public territory. In a way, it is disrespect to the public. The following points will show the further negative effects of graffiti on the environment and the community: * Graffiti makes the surrounding environment increasingly dirty and completely unattractive. Costs are to the building owners and taxpayers to remove graffiti. * Fumes form the spray cans pollute the environment. * Graffiti is also unsafe for those who undertake it.


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