Graffiti- Is it art or a crime?

Graffiti "art" around the world
Graffiti "art" around the world

What is your opinion on graffiti and art?


Is graffiti art? I would need to go back to the basics and answer the question: What is art?” to offer a thoughtful, unbiased answer. Because I believe that art (in its basic structure) is a form of communication that is designed to elicit an emotional response, I would have to classify graffiti as art.

After all, how is graffiti constructed? It is composed of lines, shapes, color, tones, forms…displayed to convey a message. It doesn’t really matter what the message is. It may be as simple as a pen scribble in a public bathroom that declares, “Tony was here”, or it may be an elaborate painting on a railroad bridge spanning 20 feet of space. Both works are designed to convey a message and elicit an emotion. Yes, graffiti is art. There is, however, an unspoken dilemma that was a focal point for many comments on this site. Graffiti is often illegal.

The fact that graffiti is regularly produced illegally detracts from the concept that it is an art form. Even in its illegal state, it elicits an emotional response, however. The unfortunate thing here is the response is usually outrage over the abuse of someone’s property. This may take away the value or impact of the original message the artist intended. It would be better to get permission from the owner of the “canvas” to display the art. After all, if Pablo Picasso snuck up on you late at night while you slept, and carved “Pablo was here” into your forehead…calling it his artistic expression…you may seek legal counsel and sue for damages as opposed to marveling at his artistic endeavor.

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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online

I have seen some graffiti that showed incredible talent. Misguided perhaps but beautifully displayed, all the same.


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!!!zag!!! 6 years ago

graffiti is a talent and it takes a lot of practice yea we might do it on other people property but where else r we 2 do it so me as a graffiti artist i think it is a great talent and still a art no the less...


loca213 6 years ago

i love graffiti i dont think it a crime to do it


toast[er] 6 years ago

As a graffiti artist, I would have to say that there is no way graffiti is a crime. We do what we do to wake up people from this mind-numbing society to show that we still have some culture left.


MJ 6 years ago

Graffiti is awesome!


Bo 5 years ago

Of course its not a crime! Skateboarding used to be illegal on certain property too and they built skate parks. Build something for graffiti artist like some cities do.


ladygagaxxx 5 years ago

graffiti can be done in a big or huge peace of paper init but wats the point doing it in public, wat about my fans and torists!?!


ladyagagaxxx 5 years ago

are u kidding me!?! it is a waste of time do proper art man


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ghurlynl 3 years ago from Amsterdam

I think graffiti is Art ,Vandalism Using Graffiti is A Crime.


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bayareagreatthing 3 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Here is a little bit more on that thought ghurlyn:

http://news.yahoo.com/street-art-san-francisco-whe...

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