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Graffiti - The New Generation of Art

Graffiti is the new generation of art as people mainly use it to convey messages across. Graffiti has three types of aspects-political graffiti, gang graffiti, and graffiti art. The common bond that these three share is the opportunity to express their feelings freely. According to Susan Phillips, political graffiti artists make wide use of symbols to further internalize relevant quests for power and solidarity. On the other hand, graffiti artists put a lot of time in their work as they try to express their feelings. Gang graffiti artists use any kind of object such as markers, stickers, spray paint, etc to write their name on any visible spot in a matter of seconds just to gain recognition from rival gang members or to mark their territories. All these types of graffiti can be considered art according to the artists themselves, but to others, such as shop owners and police offers, graffiti is vandalism if done on prohibited spaces.

Artists take their time when drawing on property with the owners permission whereas vandalists, also known as taggers, "seek recognition and respect by competing over the quantity and the visibility of their tags” Using several types of art supplies to display their work for many on lookers in the community, artists want people to admire the artwork while taggers throw up their tag name to let others know that they are there. Graffiti artists put long hours into their artwork and at the same time, they make it very meaningful by displaying messages to let others know how they feel. On the other hand, taggers mark up an open space in the spur of the moment because it gives them the thrill and excitement of not getting caught by the authorities. Although artists can take days to display their colourful artwork on an open space, people won't care what it is if the drawing was done illegally. Thinking that an irresponsible vandalist who had too much time on their hands did the drawing, people will pay little attention and ignore the intended message that's being displayed if the drawing violates the law. Therefore, graffiti is art when it's legally permitted, otherwise it is considered vandalism.

Drawing on public property such as the library is usually considered art when owners give graffiti artists permission to do so. In return, owners expect the artwork to convey a positive message that relates to the building being painted on. Viewing graffiti as art is limiting when it comes to law enforcement because artwork is considered illegal if it is against the Law. Drawing on private property without the owner’s permission can lead to hefty fines, hours of community service, and possible jail time. Although colourful pictures can convey positive message such as "say no to drugs" it can be considered vandalism if it defaces people's property because the artist went against the law and marked up space that was not their property to begin with. Gaining the permission from property owners determine whether or not graffiti is art because it's considered vandalism if there was no consent to begin with. Even though some artwork has great potential to be in art museums, artwork turns into vandalism as it continues to be illegally drawn on prohibited spaces.

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le_englishmajor
11th Aug, 2007 04:07 (UTC)
Hm. Interesting post, but it's not really your own ideas is it? There's a rather ugly name for what you've just done. If you would like to use someone else's ideas, please credit the source. =/

What do you really think about graffiti? Why would you consider it art?

Also, you were supposed to respond to the question here: http://community.livejournal.com/curious_minds/1974.html
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