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post #1 of Old 11-27-2015, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think that graffiti is art?


Do you think that graffiti is art?

Why? Why not?
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post #2 of Old 11-28-2015, 04:24 PM
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Whilst it can be quite artistic, I believe no one should make the public, or private properties, their canvas without permission.

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There have been some programs that try to work with the kids to make a difference - to try to tap into the artistic side of it all to give the kids a creative outlet.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/loc...art-619531.php
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post #4 of Old 11-29-2015, 09:11 AM
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If you go to Europe or Canada(LOL) there are some AMAZING graffitis.I think authorities work with the artists so there are no "illegal" artworks.
http://www.hypeness.com.br/2012/02/g...m-art-nouveau/
https://aboutartnouveau.wordpress.com/#jp-carousel-6767
http://www.fatcap.org:8081/live/885.html

So my answer is...YES graffiti is art
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It can be.
Simple, ordinary tags just don't really make me look twice, and for me that is something art needs to do. The way in which is does it can vary, but it needs to somehow stand out. Your gang's initials in an illegible font on a wall in an ominous alleyway that reeks of urine and lost hope does not really do that.

However, some people do make amazing art with graffiti, sometimes through stencils, sometimes by just winging it, so yes, it definitely has the potential. During a trip to Berlin I saw amazing stuff.
The fact that it's usually done in public spaces makes sure that people can't close their eyes to it and even though I see how it can be a nuisance, I also kinda like it. To me that makes it ideal for art with a message, because you don't have to worry about getting an audience.
And it does take balls to spray something on a wall somewhere where there's quite the chance you'll get caught. It's dumb, absolutely, but I respect guts when I see them. Not literally, of course. I have no intention of looking at someone's entrails.

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Totally yes. Even if there is no message, and someone is putting their gang initials in an ilegible font (as Sudden said :P), you can make art with just some letters.

An example:

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Yes, hes only "promoting" himself, but in such a creative (and maybe risky) way that I think it's also art.
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I think more often than not, yes.

After all art is, in a nutshell, the expression of the artist, right?

One of my favorite buildings to drive by in downtown San Antonio is a tattoo shop
where the owner has neighborhood taggers come and spray paint whatever they want
about once a month, and they come up with some pretty amazing stuff.
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I think more often than not, yes.

After all art is, in a nutshell, the expression of the artist, right?

One of my favorite buildings to drive by in downtown San Antonio is a tattoo shop
where the owner has neighborhood taggers come and spray paint whatever they want
about once a month, and they come up with some pretty amazing stuff.
Would love to see some pics about that, sounds really cool


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post #9 of Old 02-27-2016, 11:45 PM
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I think graffiti is to art what rap is to music. It has it's place, it's audience and following and done well can be a great thing. Not everybody will love it as much as people will admit to having a problem with it. But in the case of graffiti I think it more of a negative to people because of the origination of it being associated with destruction of property and a sign of a lack of respect to a community. I have seen some incredible graffiti around the country and I have driven fast past some too. To me the idea of painting out of a bunch of spray cans is the appeal as an artist. It is another medium which can be scribbled with or used to make some incredible artwork. If you are going to tag, keep it safe and legal.
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post #10 of Old 02-28-2016, 09:06 PM
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it's definitely art heres some I found from ancient egypt haha
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