Graffiti: Wall Art Or Act Of Vandalism


Today word “graffiti” has already become well-known. Though about 15 years ago not so many people heard it or knew the meaning of this word. Originally the word “graffiti” is applied in art history to works of art produced by scratching a design into a surface. Now graffiti means writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view.

In a very short period of time this artistic style became widespread and gained an extreme popularity. Especially young generation, teenagers, are fond of graffiti. Almost everyone wants to try himself in creating graffiti. But this art is not for everyone. Someone shows a really great skillfulness and creates graffiti pictures which are worth to be recognized as masterpieces and eve worth to be placed in the best galleries of the world.

But still there are two sides of the coin. A lot of people claim that graffiti is not art at all; it is just an act of vandalism. Of course, we can not deny obvious facts. Sometimes we can see pictures or writings of different kind made on the walls of private or public buildings without any permission. In such cases we may talk about vandalism. On the other hand we can observe very beautiful pictures but still made on walls without permission. And what is it: an act of vandalism or not? It is very hard to judge. There are a lot of situations when graffiti creators are really talented artists but unfortunately they do not have a special place where they could paint. So they have to go outside on the streets and to create their paintings wherever it is possible.

From the point of view of the government it is vandalism. If a person is caught making graffiti on a public or private building or in a public place without special permission, he may be fined or punished by law in some different way. Of course, if a person does it, he must realize what consequences his actions may lead to so he make take responsibility for them. But how it can be fair? Is it fair to punish a person who just wants to do what he likes, a person who tries to express his inner world, his personality, his individual style, view point, ideas etc. in such a way? I would say no! Sure, if an owner of a building does not want it to be painted, or I would rather say decorated with graffiti, he has an absolute right to forbid it, to be dissatisfied or to demand punishment when someone makes graffiti against his will. He is the owner, the building is his property and only he has a right to decide what it will look like.

To avoid such an “illegal” situation the government should take care of graffiti artists. I mean they should be provided with place where they can master their skills without any damage to public or private property. There are well-known cases when the owners of the buildings ask to make graffiti and in such a way a building becomes brighter, more interesting and vivid. A good graffiti always attracts attention and interest and it is pleasant to look at it.

Nowadays in the era of high technologies and Internet we have a possibility to see graffiti pictures from all over the world. There are a lot of different websites and public pages in social networks devoted to graffiti art. Today those who are interested in graffiti and have an access to World Wide Web can easily get in touch and communicate sharing their minds, experiences, learning and trying new techniques and styles. With the help of Internet much more people get known what graffiti is and how amazing it can be.

Today graffiti is something bigger than just a street art or wall art. There are many graffiti paintings presented in art galleries; some graffiti painters organize their own exhibitions. Even a competition of graffiti making is no longer something new or unusual. It has already become a common event. Though such competitions are always very impressing. Very often they attract a great number of people and a lot of graffiti creators participate to show their skillfulness and just to test their forces. Modern graffiti creators try not only to reveal their inner world and to express themselves with the help of their paintings, but also very often they try to attract attention of the public to serious global problems (either social or environmental). Graffiti is not just a drawing on a wall; it is something much bigger, something informative and important.

Art, in particular graffiti art constantly changes and develops. So there is no wonder that artists invent and discover new styles and techniques of painting. Quite recently a new graffiti style was shown to the world – it is 3D graffiti pictures and writings. Every new day it becomes more and more popular. Such paintings are breathtaking and they look like real, so sometimes it can be hard to say whether it is a real object or a picture. Looking at these masterpieces you can not stop admiring.

You can hear a phrase “graffiti is an act of vandalism” from people of older generation in the main, or from narrow-minded people, those who believe that graffiti is just a painting on a wall that often contains bad words and is written by hooligans. But we know that the things have changed greatly. So if someone still thinks that graffiti is vandalism only, help that person to broaden his mind, show his this beautiful world of graffiti paintings, convince him that graffiti is art, because it really is!

Graffiti is art of the 21st century and I think we should be proud of it. Now I can say with certainty that graffiti is art. What would you say? If there is something you would like to discuss, visit our website. There you will find much information and many essays. And if you like you can order an essay, all you need is contact our team.