The benefits of graffiti
Many people see graffiti as a social ill that contributes negatively to a city and society. Graffiti is seen similar to pollution and garbage; as a overwhelming sign of city blight and poverty. While there is certainly an argument to made against graffiti and in most situations displaying graffiti on public property is illegal, there are also numerous positives that are associated with graffiti. This article will highlight some of the benefits to graffiti in a city and what those benefits convey to a city’s citizens.
Graffiti as a means of self expression
While many people don’t see it as such, graffiti can be a way for many people, and in particular minority urban youth, to express themselves. This mode of expression allows them to feel part of the community through an investment of the tag name on public property. By leaving their tag name they are indicated their territory and making a claim and sowing their roots in a way in their community which will help them to feel as an insider and not an outsider to the community.
Graffiti as a form of artwork
While simple forms of graffiti are often thought to be a sign of urban blight, graffiti can be transformed into tremendous works of art in some cases by talented graffiti artists. In this context, graffiti can serve to provide something to people that is aesthetically beautiful to see and can help to inspire members of the community to invest in that community. While every bodies own view of beauty is their own, graffiti can help to enliven a city that may seem cold and sterile to those who live there and can help to create unique and interesting neighborhoods.
Graffiti is therefore not always an ill for a city but something that can be fostered and can lead to a new form of beauty in a city.