Jamie Graffiti: ART or VANDALISM?
Graffiti began to emerge in the late 196’s to 70’s
, beginning to be thrown up on the walls around New York City. Each artwork displays a message to the greater community, whether it is about influences of the time or a form of artistic expression. Many laws have been introduced to prevent the art form being displayed in our streets. In recent times, in Australia, new tougher laws have been introduced, these being fines up to $26 000 dollars in fines and up to 2 years in prison also up to $550 dollar spot fines for carrying a spray can.
Graffiti has many different styles, those being tags, stenciling, and wall art, each of these styles having their own attributes. Tags are seen as a bold
statement to display ones name as an almost signature fashion, stenciling is very popular when it comes to quickly displaying a fine piece of art to convey a message, while very fine wall art displays the skills of the artist. A prominent artist, who has made a name for himself through his graffiti and fine art, this being Mike Giant. He has become a very prominent artist in all of his art styles, though his graffiti really shows his talents.
The idea of graffiti being either being art or vandalism comes to the individual. Some love it while others try to ban it. It seems that it has been this way since its beginning in the experimental time of the lat 60’s. see it as art or not, there is always those out their to push the boundaries of what art is, whether legal or not.