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Graffiti For The Greater Good

Updated on January 11, 2015
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

In my experiences here in Puerto Rico I have witnessed where the population here could learn some lessons from the United States. My wife is a school teacher here and I am appalled at the ways the education system is run here. Janitors doing payroll while rats run in and out of classrooms because the trash is not taken out.

It is my opinion that Maggie is highly underpaid for the stuff she has to put up with going to that school every day. I do believe the education system within Puerto Rico could learn a lot from the system in the United States, but I want to turn that around some too. There is some the U.S. could learn from Puerto Rico too! A prime example is prayer. It warmed my heart when one day I was at the school and all the teachers gathered holding hands in a wonderful prayer to our magnificent God. I pray the A.C.L.U. stays away from Puerto Rico.

Another lesson the United States could learn is to allow kids free expression. Many teens express themselves through graffiti. In cities across the United States you see bad graffiti everywhere. Take a look at the examples below:

Bad Graffiti

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Much of that "bad" graffiti is the work of gang members. Gangs are here in Puerto Rico too and you do see "bad" graffiti here too. The key to defeating this is to bring that artwork out of these kids in the school.

My love, my life; my beautiful wife, Maggie is a special education teacher. They have allowed the children at the school she works at to graffiti up the walls. The key is: it's good graffiti.

They are bringing out the artisan side of these kids and giving them avenues to travel that may lead them away from the drugs, crime and gang life.

Here is some examples of what the school she works at has allowed.

School Graffiti

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Let 'Em Loose

I say that when they show their talents, let them loose on buildings. That is what has happened in parts of Puerto Rico.

I believe this art can be very beautiful. It can make an abandoned building look so much better than having gang graffiti or mold and mildew.

I am posting pictures of some of this beautiful graffiti I have seen here in Puerto Rico. It is my opinion that you need to see it up close and personal. Make your next vacation a Caribbean vacation and visit this paradise. You won't regret it!


Graffiti Is Art

As you can see, this graffiti is beautiful. Some cities in the United States are seeing this and trying to do the same.

Below is a video I found showing a project in Washington D.C. What a great way to put these young people's minds to work.

Let's try this everywhere. Let them decorate the buildings and the parks. The kids have talent-use it!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2011 Greg Boudonck


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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thanks Vimural.

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      Vimural 4 years ago from Tucson

      I am glad you put some insight on the different types of graffiti. This helps some individuals appreciate graffiti more as an art.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thank you

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      Hamza Arshad 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Froggy213 what a creative and amazing hub....i am really impressed

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful pictures and interesting perspective. Great admiration for your wife and all other dedicated teachers!

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      Betty Ruiz 5 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

      Maggie... remember the big "good" graffiti boom back in the 80s? A chosen group of artists were gathered and sent to public schools and government agencies to create a conceptual mural with thought-provoking and inspiring messages. We were sent to help a renown artist paint a mural on a big frontal wall of a public school… It represented a giant keyboard with some educational message… we had to climb unto the platform of a high scaffold… I was afraid of heights! I never saw the finished product either… did you?

      The program was, precisely, induced and encouraged to prevent the widely common use of bad graffiti from filthying public buildings, walls and such, with underground messages of violence and irresponsible images of sex... exceeding in vulgarity, quoting unethical expressions and misinformation... and sometimes, a complete waste of talent!!! Government agencies provided public expression boards all over the city but were filled with advertising posters and political propaganda, margining, once again, these public artists from expressing their utmost feelings. Now, you can see these public forms of artistic expressions all over Puerto Rico and the reason for this is proper educational redirection and orientation.

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      bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

      Wow some great pictures here I'm a big fan of 'good' grafitti, many thanks for sharing:-)


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      Greg Boudonck 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Sorry I stole your pictures Lastheart. Thanks for the compliments.

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      Topnewhottoys 5 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland

      I agree - "good" grafitti can be art, and the perception seems to be changing - but a lot of crummy tagging is still leaving a bad impression

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Well done Froggy213, you put every detail in this. Sounds like Puerto Rico inspires you. Keep on the good work.

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      Filkman 5 years ago

      Or, the works of the Sharks? Slam-dunk superior to the Jets IMO...

      My personal experiences in graffiti as a kid were not particularly fulfilling. For reasons that escape me to this day, my twin bro and I were unappreciated artists all over the kitchen walls. And talk about colorful: why, we used every single crayon in that box TWICE...

      ...but if you mix in a lot of God-given artistic talent, you get what is shown on your beautiful buildings pics. Wow! I've not seen anything like it.

      Well, SURE it's not an anatomically correct Yogi and Boo-Boo...but, I bet their parents didn't send them to their room, either

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      Greg Boudonck 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Yes, he did very beautiful murals.

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      ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      Have you seen the work of Diego Rivera?