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11-27-2015, 04:26 PM
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Do you think that graffiti is art?

Why? Why not?

Susan Mulno
11-28-2015, 04:24 PM
Whilst it can be quite artistic, I believe no one should make the public, or private properties, their canvas without permission.

Cricket
11-28-2015, 09:32 PM
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/local/article/Preventing-graffiti-through-art-619531.php

Asancta
11-29-2015, 09:11 AM
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/graffiti-gigante-inspirado-em-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 :)

SuddenLife
12-01-2015, 09:00 AM
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.

FanKi
12-01-2015, 05:40 PM
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:

http://mp3.hhgroups.com/graffitis/sibok-distrito-federal-15742_630.jpg
Yes, hes only "promoting" himself, but in such a creative (and maybe risky) way that I think it's also art.

Haley
12-08-2015, 10:35 PM
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.

FanKi
12-14-2015, 03:30 PM
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

ChiKevin
02-27-2016, 11:45 PM
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.

Mel_Robertson
02-28-2016, 09:06 PM
it's definitely art heres some I found from ancient egypt haha

onizetsu666
02-28-2016, 09:21 PM
I live right by Detroit and I sometimes take rides with my father to work and I see plain old graffiti tags all over old buildings and it can get boring after a while... but then you get those few that really take their time and you can tell they put effort into it so yes that is when I would think of it as artwork, but sadly it is not legal 99.99% of the time. (Also when people get to those IMPOSSIBLE places and tag them, seriously that is an art in itself if you ask me XD )

abt2k15
02-29-2016, 03:58 AM
it is a tricky question because the answer is yes and no and to keep it more complicated alot of "no"s will make it a yes because of quantity and scenery.
but i know for a fact from some friends that to them grafitti is all about the adrenalin. which in my viewpoint is not art related. alot of them just try to
find incredible ( dangerous ) spots to "bomb" their tags and like i said earlier - if there is enough of those adrenalin junkies at work - the whole area they worked
in becomes somewhat artsy... urban. you get the picture :)