Graffiti should be recognized as art, not vandalism

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Graffiti covers the walls of freeways, bridges and buildings, showcasing the talent of those who create the beautiful imagery.  It continues to become more widespread despite the ongoing debate of whether or not it is vandalism.  This street art beautifies cities by giving them character and making them look unique and personal.  As a non-violent form of expression, graffiti is a necessary outlet and should not be limited.

Buildings that are “tagged” have a more personal feel than buildings with plain white walls.  Because of the appreciation for graffiti’s beauty, instead of viewing graffiti as vandalism, many realize the amount of skill necessary to create the street art and appreciate the message it delivers.  Many people admire Keith Haring, a famous graffiti artist from the 80s known for his artwork around New York City.  Haring’s artwork is so widely known that the city has embraced its presence around the city.

“Graffiti reflects individuals’ views on various issues and can make a dull brick wall stunningly beautiful,” said junior Megan Richardson.

Graffiti is a form of expression, and artists should be free to make their thoughts and beliefs public.  Serving as a way to avoid violence, graffiti is an outlet for many to express their feelings.  Making street art illegal limits the freedom of artists to create influential masterpieces.  Graffiti artists create works that reflect both struggles and accomplishments and at many times display political and social messages.  The paint that coats walls in communities everywhere can contain symbolism so profound that it has been compared to poetry.  People around the world also know Banksy, a famous London-based graffiti artist, for his satirical street art that reflects his political views.  Banksy’s work is so distinct that it has inspired Obey Propaganda, a famous clothing company.  Many others are beginning to realize the influence graffiti has on the world, and famous street art will only continue to flourish.

Many believe that graffiti rebels against authority, yet the skill required to create elaborate graffiti is remarkable.  The world is a canvas for graffiti artists, and they should feel free to cover it as they please.

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18 Responses to “Graffiti should be recognized as art, not vandalism”

  1. carly on February 26th, 2016 9:31 am

    I believe graffiti is art it shows emotion and skill plus an amazing talent the artists have.

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    Dana Reply:

    I am writing a paper on this topic and I think this is so true

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    jordan Reply:

    i am to and this is helpful for my debate

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    Maddie Reply:

    Me to I am writting an exposition writing for it

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    Seth Price Reply:

    im doing a debate on this topic and I think the info is great

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    destiny Reply:

    yes i aslo agree with what you have said it also!

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    carman flores Reply:

    I honestly believe graffiti is a way for people who dont have any money to show that they are talented too.

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  2. samantha on June 1st, 2016 6:24 am

    Graffiti is a beautiful non-violent to express emotion.

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  3. notme on July 1st, 2016 1:21 pm

    it is art but its better that it is illegal if it was not it wouldn’t be so prolific, so dramatic, and intensified. to get in the mind of a writer is a crazy thing but they enjoy it being illegal. if graffiti was legal it would cease to have those powerful messages they convey they say so much if a writer goes out at dead of night while no one is their. it would be like a verse with no beat if it would ever be legal…people would loose their drive for it

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  4. Brandon on August 18th, 2016 1:54 pm

    I am also writing an essay on this and think it is a great topic. I think all these people are really talented. Thank you for the info.

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    Say_savage Reply:

    Thanks for this I really needed this article to provide evidence that graffiti is an art thanks again

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  5. Hailey on March 1st, 2017 8:13 am

    Thankyou so much this helped so much with my paper i’m writing.

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  6. Quack on May 17th, 2017 12:03 am

    I really need some help on my debating topic

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  7. Jane on June 6th, 2017 9:44 pm

    I’m writing an argument to argue that graffiti is art and not vandalism and this is so helpful thankyou!

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  8. destiny on January 11th, 2018 8:48 pm

    i beleie that graffiti is art its beautiful and it allows you to pour out your feelings into a drawing

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  9. nino on March 13th, 2018 2:53 pm

    6this article was very helpful for essay at evergreen

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  10. Ashlynn Anthony on May 9th, 2018 5:48 pm

    I am doing an essay on this and I think all you’re comments are very helpful and the information is valid. Although I do think you should include more insite for both sides of the debate.
    Cheers.

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  11. carman flores on May 21st, 2018 2:05 pm

    I honestly believe that graffiti is a way for people not as wealthy as others to show that art doesnt come from intelligence but the desire to bring whats in their minds out for others t see.
    ~Carman Flores

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