Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

There are many different definitions for graffiti. For example, the Oxford Dictionary defines it as
writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public
place, while the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as words or drawings, especially humorous,
rude, or political, on walls, doors, etc. in public places.

There are a lot of different definitions of art as well. The Oxford Dictionary says that the
expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such
as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or
emotional power; and The Collins Dictionary says that the arts are activities such as music,
painting, literature, cinema, and dance, which people can take part in for enjoyment, or to create
works which express serious meanings or ideas of beauty.

There are… you get the idea. Oxford Dictionary says vandalism is taction involving deliberate
destruction of or damage to public or private property.

I believe graffiti is vandalism as well as art. Specified above, there are two categories that
Graffiti can fit into. I think that Graffiti fits in to both these categories. Let’s say there was some
graffiti saying “Blind people, am I right?” sprayed onto a parking lot wall. First, it is a few
humorous words on a wall at a public place, so it is graffiti. Second, it is from a creative thought
from someone’s mind in a visual form, so it is also art. Finally, it is deliberate damage to public
property, so it is also vandalism. Many pieces of graffiti art fit in like this one. That is why I
believe graffiti is vandalism and art at the same time.

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