Graffiti: art or vandalism?


What do you think, how many methods of self-expression exist in the world? In the era of technological progress, they simply cannot be counted.

The possibilities of human have become almost limitless. However, despite this, people did not stop painting on the walls. Only now, far from everyone perceives painted walls as a way of self-expression. For them, this is more of hooliganism than creativity. Many call it vandalism.

Some believe that graffiti is a kind of deviant behavior, very common among adolescents and youth. One can argue with that.

Graffiti is a way of communication in a society, a way to express one’s opinion or convey some information, and at the same time do it incognito. Depending on the purpose, graffiti can be public and personal, or can be meaningful inscriptions made in the style of “hip-hop”.

And yet, why do people pick up a spray paint and go to draw graffiti?

There are many reasons: it may be a negative reaction, or there may be a surge of positive emotions, there may be a protest, and there may be creative motives.

Graffiti is a kind of alternative to traditional ways of expressing opinion.

We often see such creativity on the street (walls of buildings, garages, underpasses, asphalt pavement in yards, etc.); transport is also used for drawing, and, of course, we must not forget about the porches and stairs.

If we talk about large cities, then there are the so-called graffiti galleries, walls completely painted with graffiti. On the place where graffiti will be located depends the choice of the way in which graffiti will be drawn. Mostly graffiti is drawn with a marker or spray paint. But it all depends on the capabilities of the one who draws.

For example, in Moscow and St. Petersburg the spray is drawn much less than in Berlin, Paris or New York. These cities are recognized as the so-called graffiti capitals, and the painted walls there quite organically fit into the city landscape and do not cause a negative public reaction.

Graffiti also carries a certain continuity.

Those who are new to this thing seek to learn something from more experienced artists, professionals in their field. They want to get high marks for their works from these people. Logically, isn’t it? You could even say that without such a relationship (teacher – student), the art of graffiti could have sunk into oblivion.

Any artist strives not only for self-expression, but also for recognition, for fame. There are many ways to achieve that cherished goal. The simplest is, of course, media sources. Photos of works, interviews, presence of works in clips, etc. Undoubtedly, the author of graffiti will be widely known. The Taki 183 was the first to gain popularity this way.

The history of modern graffiti began in the 1970s, the years of inventions. Over the years, it has lost the value of a protest. Graffiti has lost the role of an alternative variaion of the generally accepted culture, it organically fit into it. Graffiti language is becoming universal, as more and more people understand and accept it. The drawings on the walls ceased to be equated with hooliganism. And of course, this can not be called vandalism.

Graffiti is an art, the art of self-expression, the art of painting your own self.

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