Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism? | Mini Question Series

Hello Internet!

It feels so weird that I haven’t posted for almost a week. My life is so hectic at the moment that I have no space to write! On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I haven’t had a moment to speak to myself yet my imagination is buzzing with posts I want to write for you. I’m working on a few posts at once so I can still keep you posted when I’m away/too busy.

Big questions like: ‘Is graffiti art or vandalism?’ keep popping up in my *very* unusual life. I thought I’d debate for and against, then my very speechless opinion! I’d love to know which side you support by the end of this.

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Vandalism

Graffiti is certainly a way of showing disrespect to other people’s property in silent, anonymous way. Yes, of course, it can put across meaning but just think about the person who’s going to see that everyday, walking to work or school, less and less motivated because they’re so fed up with your soppy message. It costs a hell of a lot of money to clean up your paint and whoever is doing this chore has poor pay: so much research has shown it! These lovely people have better things to do than clean up your mess in their free-time. They could be helping to build a skatepark where by all means you can graffiti and some young communities will be brought together whilst exercising, don’t you think that’s a better idea? And where there’s art in vandalism, there’s no point. You might as well have painted your masterpiece on a large sheet of paper to be framed and placed in a gallery. You don’t need to do it on a car-park wall where others might scrawl over it, not when you have put talent, time and effort into it!

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On abandoned buildings, yes, you have the right to graffiti because no-one owns the building but think about the place opposite, the lovely restaurant, where couples love to spend their time together and one day, Valentines perhaps, they see unpleasant swear words scrawled over the building opposite. How would that make you feel?

Life isn’t for stupidity of vandalism, it’s for hope and encouragement; think about that for a second.

Art

Us talented artists put out time into brightening up grey old car-parks and sad-looking walls. We are hoping to put a valuable message across to passers-by and occasionally the homeless. Banksy is a good example, he doesn’t look for fame in what he does, he looks for a good impact on our people. The only reason we know him is because we recognised his graffiti as a good thing, not a bad.

Why do some of us hate the teenage street artists but then come home to admire a public ‘graffiti’ artwork? Why is it that some of you love the message on a card that was inspired by a graffiti painting? Why? Just why?

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My Opinion

I’m mixed between the two of these arguments. I agree with elements of both. I’m pretty speechless in this debate; I can really support both ‘for’ and ‘against’ strongly so I’m torn towards both. This such a hard question to answer!

I hope you enjoyed my little Sunday ramble! Please let me know what your opinion is on this kind of post, and whether you’re for or against!

Stay safe,

Erin xx

P.S I know I sound kind of angry within this post! XD

5 thoughts on “Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism? | Mini Question Series

  1. Interesting post. The question of street art, or more specifically when and where street art?, is an exciting one. It stretches a very wide spectrum from pure vandalism to true, enlightening and creative art that questions and engages issues of society. In its best form it also has a dynamism, communication and growth that is missing in more traditional, static art. As for the appropriateness of time and place, it comes down to the sensitivity and judgement of the artist/vandal ( 😉 ), which is why I think you feel mixed. While it is an inherently rebellious art, some mindless people just put garbage/tags up in the most inappropriate places with utter disrespect for property owners and the environ, but then there is a whole world of possibilities beyond that kind of crap for social commentary and engaging the spaces around us for both creativity and criticism. So, in short, a time and place for everything. Street artists should be open minded not just about their work but about the people on who their art makes an impact.

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