Graffiti, art or vandalism? my take

October 25, 2008 at 7:15 pm 5 comments

On www.duncancumming.co.uk you can follow the story of how a graffiti artist in Scotland got caught and was about to spend 28 month in prison for vandalism. This brings up the eternal question, is graffiti an art or is it vandalism?

That graffiti is art is no question, the use of color, lettering and communication is exactly what art is all about. Look at some of the stencils and pieces by the biggest street artists, they actually deliver a message.

That graffiti is vandalism is an understandable point as well. I wouldn’t like to wake up one morning and find my newly renovated house covered in a graffiti piece. No matter how nice it is it may just not fit with the deco that I chose for the place.

So?

It needs to be done intelligently for everyone’s benefit. A graffiti piece can totally decorate an appropriate location. See this photo for example. It may or may not be authorized graffiti, but it fits the urban area. Try doing this on the Louvre and yes, that would be vandalism.

Graffiti wall paris (taken with mobile phone)

 The graffiti sort of “protects” the wall from being covered in all sorts of other crap. Additionally this fits the young people that hang out in the area and they don’t mind it.

If a street artist places his pieces intelligently it actually doesn’t harm but can help. Where it becomes stupid is when the Graffiti guys just do it for the adrenaline (yes I know it is part of the kick). There has to be a balance.

 

Graffiti Marketing for Radio Nostalgie

Graffiti Marketing for Radio Nostalgie

 

 

And if an artist did vandalise a wall, then pull him by the scruff of the neck and get him to spend his night cleaning it up and repainting it at his cost, he can take responsibility for what he did. Trying to jail someone for 28 month for graffiti is lame, that is the work of someone who is so lazy that he can’t even make him fix what he did wrong. 

I know that is the way because I went that way and the most efficient way to make a bad thing into a good thing is to take responsibility for what one has done and use the effort to become more competent and help others. I saw how many former street artists of my time became graphic designers, well that’s a great way to use the skill.

And here is a short video on how that can be done…

Feel free to comment, and vote.

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Entry filed under: abuses, aesthetic, argument, art, art on walls, cool, graffiti, graffitti, paris, photo, pictures on walls, poster design, stencil art, stencil graffiti, tagging.

Another Amazing surreal photo of Paris Human Rights can also be well designed and communicate

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bruno  |  December 15, 2008 at 1:26 am

    hi, friends

    the graffiti movement began in mid/late 70´s in Brazil.

    i recommend you a blog of one of the brazilian graffiti pioneers, a guy called Miguel Cordeiro who created a graffiti persona called FAUSTINO back in 1978 and gained national recognition with his works on the streets..

    a classic graffitiwriter/artist he´s a typical outsider and a kind of contracultural underground hero in Brazil.

    his blog is considered here in brazil a reference for excellence and it shows his works, drawings, paintings as well his texts, aphorisms, poems, lyrics etc.

    access the blog the link below:

    http://www.miguelcordeiroarquivos.blogger.com.br/

    i always talk with him by emails and if you want to contact him his email is:

    miguelcordeiroarquivos@hotmail.com

    bye

    bruno

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  • 2. Clary  |  September 8, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I think that graffiti expresses emoticon. If some people don’t like it, that’s fine.
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
    If it is in the wrong place, just get rid of it.

    Clary

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  • […] how it looked like when I first saw it back in 2008. I blogged about it then in a post entitled Graffiti: Art or Vandalism in fact the photo I had on that post shows two guys doing something I can’t quite figure […]

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