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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