Is Graffiti Art?

Graffiti is often seen as a form of urban blight and dilapidation in a city that can be seen as a marker of the current economic state. In a very different form, graffiti can be an art form and a manner that individuals are using to express themselves that appeals to the sensibilities of others. Ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and whether or not graffiti is a nuisance or an art is an individual choice.

Factors that Make Graffiti a Nuisance

Graffiti can be a nuisance when it is placed in sensitive or cultural areas in an unwanted manner. Not everyone is interested in seeing graffiti and having it placed in locations that are privately or publicly owned in a manner that is not approved can lead to it being seen as a real eyesore and a form of disrespect for the individual’s property. In addition, having an overabundance of graffiti can also be a problem and not consistent with a potentially attractive aesthetic. Base tags or symbols may not seem particularly artistic or creative to many and may also lead to graffiti being seen more as a burden and less of an art in many people’s views.

Factors that Make Graffiti an Art

Certain graffiti is attractive, creative, and artistic in nature and can contribute greatly to the cultural significance of a spot in a city or town. Many graffiti artists will have their work commissioned by a local town or store and have their graffiti art on display there. In this form, street graffiti can provide a central area for community members to relate to and can help to create a unique and creative outlet for citizens, who may be attracted to the beauty of the graffiti. Graffiti can greatly lift up the appearance or aesthetic of an community and spice up the local atmosphere.

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How Graffiti has changed Over The Last Few Decades

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How graffiti has changed over the last few decades

Many decades ago, it used to be that graffiti was always a bad thing. People would curse at those leaving graffiti on walls, buildings and fences and, if caught, they would often be arrested and fined.

Nowadays, however, there is so much graffiti in every city in the world, things have changed a lot. So much so, it is now possible to make a career out of being a graffiti artist, and graffiti itself is being looked at as an art form.

Grafitti as an art form — So much has changed, graffiti is now being considered an art form with some graffiti artists like Banksy being some of the most popular and richest artists in the world. Other graffiti is being displayed in art galleries and museums around the world, books are being written about it and even coffee table books are published with photos of graffiti.

Learning how to create graffiti — Not only is graffiti an art form, it is also an art form that is taught. Many colleges, art schools and universities now have classes on graffiti, with top graffiti artists coming to the schools to teach.

If you would love to become a professional graffiti artist, signing up for a couple of classes is a great way to get started and to really learn about the art itself.

Being an artist — It is also now possible to make a living as a professional graffiti artist primarily because the art form is used in advertising, in companies, for special events, to decorate bland and boring buildings and so much more.

If you would love to be a professional artist, start off by taking some classes, make contacts and then sign up with an agent. In many cases, your career could immediately take off.