The Continuous Conflict: Is Graffiti vandalism?
Graffiti is a really conflicting subject. Some people consider graffiti vandalism or gang affiliated. Others see it as an art. It all depends like how everything else does, on the time date and place. I'm not an official or have any authority to say, but my opinion is if you do it out of your passion of the arts or for a good enough reason out of intuition then i think it's totally fine. I know i'm not the only one who thinks this way.
Obviously there are different opinions. Such as google. As i was typing in “Graffiti vandalism or art?” in the search bar it immediately stated “The question “When does graffiti become art?” is meaningless. Graffiti is always vandalism. By definition it is committed without permission on another person's property, in an adolescent display of entitlement. Whether particular viewers find any given piece of graffiti artistically compelling is irrelevant.” I thought i was going to rant about an article but i'm going to make this self selected response just on this quote. first thing, “when does graffiti become art?” Graffiti is a category of art. The question is not meaningless it's a door to open your mind on your opinion. Second thing that i don't agree with is the definition of graffiti. It honestly sounds like a definition of vandalism. Vandalism and graffiti are two separate things. I can see that people use graffiti letters while they are vandalizing property or “tagging.” Graffiti isn't always vandalism, that's like saying if you draw a name on a piece of paper with graffiti letters it's vandalism, no it's graffiti. Art is never irrelevant, you can make it out of anything if u look in a different perspective. Freedom of expression is art, and if you feel passionate about graffiti and make a career out of it then you aren't doing anything wrong. Being yourself and being able to express it is amazing and dangerous sometimes. So if you are into graffiti, go for it.