The Art Of Graffiti

I liked something about art. When I was riding my motor bike yesterday, in the corner of the street there was something which amazed me. What's that? a painting in the wall. That's so beautiful, even I was not able to close my eyes. Who's paint is this? and why a person paint in the public wall. It made me curious. Unfortunately I wasn't brought my digital camera. When I got back to the home, I browse about this. And I got the answer, this is a graffiti.

Graffiti art is one art that was popular among the youth of today. and art Grafity often interpreted by a community group as the art of arrogance that only promote the emotional work of the creator. Graffiti art is describing a person's mood and it's translated into an image on a large media (walls in general) and can be enjoyed by all people

And I found another view about graffiti is drawing or writing something like a symbol or picture applied to any surface without permission of the property owner. Usually the people doing this in some popular target, like:

  • public or private building, usually it paint in the wall.
  • Bridges or overpasses
  • Recreational facilities
  • Public transportation and vehicle

They usually use the material like: spray paint, automotive car paint, crayon and permanent ink. I think we all familiar with this. And It little difficult for me, this is kind of art or not. Because there is a pro and cons about the graffiti. Let's check it out.

Pros and cons about graffiti

Not only street painter who liked to paint on the walls but the students often do these things. There were various people also a saying that creating a work of art called the Grafity is an art which is priceless. I keep wondering why there are still forbidding them to make an artistic creation, this i s actually against my heart who liked art. But I try to search many information about this. And I find the pros and cons about graffiti.

The pros people said:

  • This is kind of art, this could enhance the creativity of street painters.
  • To the elite people who have a dusty areas and hollow walls, it would be nice if the wall was filled with a beautiful painting.
  • They hope to the government in providing a building or a field in which give them a chance to pour their inspiration.
  • They need guidance in order to be directed into a well-educated artists. I found the information about there is a school of graffiti in my country. I hope they can do well, not just make a trouble.

The cons people said:

  • They make a dirty environment with paintings that are not useful.
  • Damaging public facilities and private facilities.
  • Without permission they paint it public wall or private wall and it make dirty in many places.
  • This is identical with crime, they should put in the jail.

What do you think personally about this topic. We have the right to argue or give an opinion. Don't judge the person by the cover, that's small quotes which give a lot of meaning. It can be a meaning we have to give another reason why it can be categorized good or not.But in this hub you can free to share your opinion, do you agree or not? there is no limited for you to shout your opinion. I really appreciate about that. Thank you very much.

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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My Man Prasetio...

Interesting hub! Yes, I do agree it is Art, but it should be limited to places that need them. Graffiti painting on Public buildings´ walls is an abuse of the painters. AS you said before, Road of the middle!

Thumbs up!

Al


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Sparhawke 6 years ago from Manchester

I like graffiti when it is organised and well thought out, some of it is incredible work, unfortunately all the "tagging" gives it a bad name...there are really some amazing artists wandering around out there :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks My brother Mystique1957 for giving your thought about this topic. I know this is become dilemma, it looks beautiful painting.but in other side they interfere the public places or private wall. I hope they'll organized well and doing some useful activity. Like painting in the right places. Gracias

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, Sparhawke. you give special comment about this. I know it looks "terrible" when they paint in any place. But it good when it is organized and give education about where is the best place to share the idea in painting. I know there are good artist, and most of them doing this in "underground" way.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Of course, it is art and some of them are fantastic. The snobbish artworld could bow down and take these artist on. I have seen a lot in London and most of them are great. The artist sucrifies everything for art. Whichother sector would they do this for being employed or recognized. They living poorly or rough. I think they aught to be admired. Thank you for your great hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Prasetio, Graffiti is often great art but as others said it can be a problem when it is gang related. There should be designated areas for the art because as much as I like most of it, I don't want to see it on all buildings. Interesting hub.


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keiranthapa 6 years ago from Darjeeling

Great Pix. All those good graffiti makes me agree that it's art. I also see that sadly many are concerned about artists or their affiliations.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hello, I can't say anything. I get a lot information from you about the graffiti artist in London. about how their life and how they dedicated their life for art. Actually it touching my heart. Especially about their great art work and as you said before that they produce wonderful art.

Better we talk about the solution for them. This is like giving their appreciation. like held the art exhibition about graffiti and they are involved in each event as supporter and played a role in these activities. like to take part in decorating. Thank you for giving me great input.

warm regards,

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Pamela for share your opinion about this topic. I know you appreciate their work but want it designed in the right place, not in the public building or private building. I agree with you in making special area to express their feeling in art. Thank you very much.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, keiranthapa for showing me a nice comment. This is an art but their not organized well. that's why they don't get attention but instead they got bad image. I hope there is a solution for them. So, we can enjoy their in the right place.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Some of it is stunning art work. However if someone painted it on my house wall I would not be pleased. I guess it depeneds where it is painted


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks ethel for share your thought here.

I am glad to know that. I also agree with you, when someone make a something bad in my house I would not be pleased also. It need hard work to paint my wall with beautiful color and made it clean. I don't want someone screw it up. I want they find the right place. Thank you very much.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

When it's done well- it is pretty. Thanks Prasetio!


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

If it's done in a proper place, with a proper reason, then I like it. But seeing it used to mark gang territories doesn't help me appreciate it very much.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Micky for coming again to my hub.

I think you had seen many kind of graffiti art along your journey with your bike. Nice to know that. If you don't mind please share a little for us. Thank you very much.


AARON99 6 years ago

Just awesome. Your collections are unmatched. You have truly a sense of art, really. All the best.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you HappyHer for stopping by.

I agree with your opinion and it reasonable. When something brought in the right place, then the result will good for everyone. With note it free from the gangster or kind of crime. I also doesn't agree with that. It not good in our environment. I hope it open our eyes about something around us, and try to appreciate. Although just for something a "little".


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, AARON99. I am really impressed with your comment. I hope we can give attention with our environment, like graffiti art. What should we do, when we have sense of social side what our contribution to our environment. Like have a solution or something to this case. Have a nice day.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

I think some grafiti can spice up areas in neighborhoods & areas but I hate to see it in unwanted or places that it makes it look trashy, such as train cars & such...Great Hub!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Graffiti is an art form but we also see the non art form on the sides of buildings train cars and private property that appear overnight. It is these forms that taint the true artist.

Blessings and a great hub


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Hi this is interesting because it makes us think about the pros and cons of this type of graffiti.

it is true that on ugly building it can brighten an area but sometimes in cities it cause big problems for the railway companies and also can be dangerous for the people working on their graffiti art. It does costs a lot of money to clean away the graffiti when it is placed in unwanted places.

The plus side is that this type of art becomes a part of every day life and is not just restricted to people who can visit art galleries.

The famous - Banksy started out as a graffiti artist and now his work is sort after by the galleries. A very interesting and thought provoking hub, thank you.


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aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

very cool hub.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I like the ones that come across as a thing of beauty or add something to the building. I do think it all depends how tastefully it is done has a lot to do with it and the meaning behind the message that matters. And it certainly is one way to introduce folks to art!


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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

I've seen some absolutely stunning graffiti and some that came from a sewer. These artists that get crude, in my opinion, are taking the easiest way to draw attention to their work. The true graffiti artists has no need to do that -- his/her work will stand on it's own. Nice Hub - and thanks, Best. Sis


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JannyC 6 years ago

graffiti art is amazing but doing it on a canvas that is not yours is another thing. So I can see the pros and cons of it. Like if someone chose to graffiti art your car and not ask you most would be horrified, but if they did a good job it eh enjoy it and maybe now others will want their car garffit painted too and the guy is now in business.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Graffiti can be fantastic, but if it appears on walls that and trains and buses then it's not art, it's vandalism.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Michael for speak up here. I have the same idea. But it also good as a promotion. when it placed in the public bus but with permission. Thank you for coming to this hub.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you "Quill" for coming to this hub and share your opinion with us. I agree with you, that's why they have bad image. Sometimes they irresponsible with what they were doing.But We, hope the best for our environment.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thakns 2uesday for sharing your thought here. I have a lot of input from you. I never thought about the railways place. I remember that, this is an area where there is the long wall beside the rail. And I agree with you that it need a big cost to clean all the graffiti. You are open mind person which see it with the positive side also. OF course there is a good side, and we have to educate them well. thank you very much.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

thanks Aware for supporting this hub. I hope we can be wise person in seeing this case.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you akirchner for giving a great opinion about this topic. I also like something beauty comes from art, whatever it in any shape. But will better when it place in the right place. I don't blame all the graffiti artist. But they should give better to the society for more appreciation.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you Angela for giving nice comment. I think you often saw the graffiti work. I also saw it in the movie, and most of them it placed in the public building. It better when their change their mind to more open to the society.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much Janny, That's the solution. When they doing their work in the right place like in the car and it also with permission of the owner. I think that's become a good business.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

thanks POP for share your thought here. I know that something become bad things without permission. And it happen when the graffiti place in area without permission first.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Thanks for sharing this great hub with us, yes their are so many talented people in this world, awesome pictures.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much Darlene. You made this hub more colorful with your comment. I hope you enjoy all the information above.Have a nice day.


Jo do Santos 6 years ago

It depends which side of the wall you are on!

Great to watch it from the outside, but an irritant and an expense from the inside


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Hello, Prasetio, I agree with Mystique, in that "it is Art, but it should be limited to places that need them. Graffiti painting on Public buildings´ walls is an abuse of the painters."

Good hub; good point of conversation for discussion!


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

The artistic work is really beautiful! I agree with most, there is a place for it. Would not like to see it everywhere. In places where the neighborhoods are run down, this kind of graffiti art makes you go 'Wow', that someone who has such great talent is stuck in a run down neighborhood, usually in poverty. It would be a great thing if someone who is established took them under their wings (for those who wanted to) and guided them to the cultivation and further development of their innate talents and abilities (it has happened to some). What I like about most graffiti art, is that it usually portrays a profound message about what is going on in the world and the hope for the future. Really good hub!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Jo do santos and Madam kahleranderson for giving your opinion about this topic.

I appreciate all the comment. And I also support what my brother Mystique said before. They need special place to share their inspiration. Any action that is against the rule it is not good. Like when they doing this in the public wall. Thank you very much.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Support Med, I get a lot of input from you.

You have good thought about this topic. Graffiti become a dilemma, this is kind of art work and the other site it related with the society. It not good when it paint in the public building and make it look dirty for the neighborhood. I know they are very talented, I agree with you that they send message. I hope there is a solution for them. thank you very much


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

praseto30. I do not have a problem with art (pics) grafiti like pamela says if done in proper areas.

Like we have some whole walls done and they look beautiful. Also we have bus shelters are well done too.

It is the crap (sorry) but that is what it is scrawled all over everything, loveely brick fences, abusive language etc etc. I cannot tollerate that. When caught they should be made to clean off all the grafiti in a whole street then they may not do it . Some of what you show here is beautiful. the third one done is rubbish in my opinion


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Neet8 6 years ago

I like the art work and admittedly there are some very talented graffiti artists in the world. I would not however appreciate someone spraying graffiti art on my wall at home.

It would be nice if there could be more government funded schemes that would fund young artists, to create a themed art arena in a public area.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Eileen Hughes for coming to this hub and giving your opinion about this topic.

That's why appear pros and cons bout the graffiti. I get a lot of opinion form many hubbers, and I am glad to know how this art influence much for the society and the environment. Like I said before I also disagree when it hurt us as the people who living in that are. Such as, abusive language. I hope we can see it wisely and they doing this in the propers are.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much Neet8 for coming to this hub and giving wise opinion.

I know some of them are talented artist. We should give appreciation for them. Better if they have special place to share their work and the people can enjoy all the graffiti as a beautiful art. I think you give the solution for this topic. I agree with you that Government should take a part to support their creativity, not only judge.


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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

Great hub! We have local graffiti artists do a mural on our back wall that faces the alley. It looks great, keeps it colorful, and then people don't put messy tags on it.

The city government tried to get us to paint over it, but we, and the rest of our neighbors and people around the city, said "Graffiti is ART". The mural is still there.


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shimla 6 years ago

Excellent topic - in Sydney there are designated walls for graffiti artists to use and there is even respect amongst artists about how long a piece of artwork should stay before allowing for something new.


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Very interesting Hub. Art as expression always finds a place. And I have seen some completely beautiful graffiti. But the other day coming home from dropping a loved one at the airport, I saw a road sign which had been "tagged" and which was now hard to read. Not beautiful, and perhaps dangerous. So as you say, there are pros and cons to the issue of graffiti. It would be perfect if all those who wish to do art had a viable outlet, rather than to be labled "vandals" due to the drive of self expression. But again, those who deface property such as traffic signs are doing more than expressing themselves. They are causing a situation that may harm others. Art must never cause danger to others! So perhaps there should be a distinction between graffiti art, and graffiti crime. Thank you for a very good Hub. It certainly made me think!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

thanks Katrina and shimla for coming to this hub.

For Katrina, I also agree with you and your neighbors said about the graffiti is art. and the government should give support for the artist.

Shimla, I have good input from you that in Sydney there is good artist of graffiti art. That is a win-win solution about placing the graffiti work. Thank you so much.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much Cathi Sutton for giving your time to share your thought about this topic.

I think we don't like something cause danger to other, that's against with the art. An art have to show the beautiful. I disagree when it made people felt uncomfortable. Like made "tagged" which look bad and made it dangerous for every body. I don't want it happen again. Lets made the graffiti art accepted for us and the people around us.


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

I saw beautiful graffiti in Los Angelos, on concrete walls near the roads. Very interesting, and alot of talent displayed! I loved the color and how open the artwork was! I think graffiti artists need an venue for their work such as urban renewal projects where thay can express their art, and earn some money! Maybe this would also lesson the number of "taggers". Thanks again for this good Hub!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Cathi Sutton for coming again to this hub. And show me how the beautiful graffiti in Los Angeles. It proof that graffiti is a beautiful art. And it better when it placed in proper area, it like a massive project with beautiful graffiti inside. Like you said before, maybe they will earn some money from this project. Thank you very much for share your thought about this topic.

Prasetio


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

This is a great hub, prasetio. I think when it's done creatively it looks great but when someone spray paints something on your white wall that's kind of nasty


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Lis for share your thought about this topic.

I think you can easily find the artwork of graffiti. And they show their mind by scratches on the wall. But it have done in the proper place. So, we can enjoy their art work without worry if it annoying others.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Prasetio, I give this a thumbs up as with all your hubs. It's great art and people with such gifts must express it. I found this to be beautiful and enjoyed it very much. I'm so glad you shed some light on this subject. The city in which I live has such art covered quickly, how bad the artist must feel. Im a softy and LOVE your HUB! Peace :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Katie for your appreciation to this hub.

From your comment, I know that you are art lovers. And when we talk about art there's no end. Graffiti is one of the beautiful art. I am glad you share about your city which covered such of art. And I am proud of you who still care about them. I hope there is a good place for the artist to express their feeling trough graffiti. Have a great day, katie!


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

I didn't know in your country, there is graffiti. I remember in HK, I never seen that but when I came to the US, there was graffiti here and there. Some are nice and some are not. Thank you for the informative hub!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you Priscilla for stopping by.

I am glad to read your comment and thanks for share about graffiti in HK. I have seen that in the movie. In my country this art work is very rare. And I can see that in big city, but not the center of the city. I think you can see graffiti in many places. I get some good information from you. See you....


nanna 6 years ago

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks nanna, I hope you liked this hub.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you so much promotion1 for share your thought here.

I got good input from you. I hope this site become a great place to share their idea and good place to show their identity as an artists. I wish they got a lot of support by join this site. I'll checked this site directly. Nice information from you.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Graffiti art can be very beautiful - it would be nice if there were more places where it could be done and enjoyed by everyone without having it show up in the wrong places. Doesn't it feel incredible to just 'find' art when you are out? Thanks for the great article!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Welcome to this hub, SilverGenes. Thanks for share your thought about this topic. I agree with you, this is a beautiful art. Better to see the beauty of graffiti in the right place. I think this would be a great idea and become an open exhibition by street painter. They don't have to be shame with their work, just express their feeling through wall painting. Thanks for your compliment to this hub. See you again. Take care!

Prasetio


stoker1 6 years ago

graffiti is an artform

and we write to express ourselfs there are writers who can make a 3 dimensional piece that would blow your mind or throw up a piece in which the colors would make u notice the very second u glance at it... we do this because we began living this writer lifestyle and we are hooked if we had a recreational area where we could write i guarentee every one of us would be there on a daily basis

writers love graffiti and most of us make vows to never quit, when i write i feel free...


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, stroker1 for coming to this hub and share you thought about this topic. I found your passion in graffiti art. I know some people as street artists love to share and express their feeling by the scratch on the wall. I know their dedication and their idealism in graffiti art. I hope there is a right place for their creativity like a special wall. Thank you very much. ~prasetio


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

It is an art and so we must be wary of where we put them. They should have a special place other than just anywhere in the streets. Thanks for sharing another wonderful hub. May it serve as an eye opener to make people realize where to put such a beautiful self expression. Voted up for an awesome hub too! =)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good afternoon, DjBryle. Thanks for supporting this hub, share your thought about graffiti art and vote this hub up. I love your comment to give special place to this art. I thought we all know how amazing and beautiful graffiti art. I hope many people will appreciate graffiti like other art. See you again....


Bo@Graffiti wildstyle 6 years ago

Why do people hate on graffiti tags.. If done well it a beautiful way to sign the art piece!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Bo@Graffiti wildstyle for coming to this hub and share your thought about graffiti art. I agree with you, if the graffiti art placed on the right place. We can enjoy the beautiful of this art without any worried. Good to see you here. ~prasetio:)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good evening, Mark. I am glad to know you. I never heard about that. Thanks my friend for share your knowledge with us. I really appreciate everything related with art. Including graffiti. Take care!

Prasetio


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Prasetio,

In Houston where we live, most of the graffiti is gang related and knowing that, it is kind of scary. Not only that...there are ordinances against it on public buildings and if the building owners do not paint over it in an alloted time-frame, they can be fined. So it is a cost to business owners and I am sure they would rather be able to spend their money in better manners...like being able to give their employees raises. Even museums if tagged have to spend money to eradicate it. So overall, I am opposed to it unless it is done in areas where it is okay to do it...and those are few and far between. I agree that some of it can be striking and beautiful. Interesting topic for a hub! Voted as such and tweeted.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Peggy. Thank you very much for coming and share your opinion about graffiti. That's why I wrote about this topic to get many opinions, "is this art good or not". You open my eyes about graffiti in the region where you live, I mean Houston. I agree with you when I watched this through my television where the gang base surrounded with graffiti. I am glad you want to vote this hub and tweeted as well. Take care!

Prasetio


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Great Hub - I think graffiti art, when organized, is a wonderful way to express the personality of a city. I have seen some terrific examples. Like tattoos, it's all a matter of good taste. Rated up!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Suzanne. I am so happy to see you here. Thanks for share your opinion about graffiti. I agree with you. It's good when it organized. Your vote are much appreciated here. Take care and enjoy your day!

Prasetio

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