Monday, May 26, 2008

Rosalind - GRAFFITI ARTISTS- social commentators, propagandaartists or vandals?

I actually think graffiti artists are all of the above, it is impossible to label them as just one, due to their range of intelligence, skill and attitude, like all forms of art, graffiti is about communicating with others.
Graffiti artists choose to communi­cate in public places at the risk of offending and having their work removed. Obviously this is illegal and therefore branded as an act of vandalism, but if the work is skilful and easy on the eye is it such a crime? There are some ugly walls out there that definitely need a little bit of beauty. Unfortunately not all graffiti is visually pleasing, there are some out there who are disrespectful and artistically challenged.
Tagging; when a child scribbles on your freshly painted wall you certainly don’t feel impressed by it, this is probably how most owners feel when their property has been marked. But without tagging would graffiti have ever eventuated, it is most likely the first step on the road of becoming a graffiti artist.
Tagging was the birth of Graffiti as we know it - REKA
Many graffiti artist are social commentators or propaganda artists, usually putting their own spin on world current events, this is great because I think it contributes to our colourful history and it also shows the population that there is a generation out there that have valid views, ideas and concerns about our world. It allows a freedom of expression.
"Graffiti is revolutionary, in my opinion, and any revolution might be considered a crime. People who are oppressed or suppressed need an outlet, so they write on walls—it’s free." Terrance Lindall.

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