Skip to content

Is graffiti art or vandalism?

2006 October 2

Is graffiti art or vandalism?
That word has a lot of negative connotations and it alienates people, so no, I don’t like to use the word ‘art’ at all.

Many thanks to Banksy for clearing that up… I agree.

He goes on:

Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a living breathing thing which belonged to everybody, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.

What would the library in that city look like?

17 Responses leave one →
  1. Jack permalink
    March 18, 2007

    i think it is the nuts

  2. anonymous permalink
    July 26, 2007

    this is a great piece of “art”
    my bro recently bought a book of a guy graffiting amazing graffiti everywhere
    dumb cops
    there should at least be some kind of wall meant for graffiti

  3. August 5, 2007

    graffiti is a great way to get your ideas heard. Nobody will sign petitions, your congressman won’t ever read your letter, nobody is ever going to hear you the legal way. no matter what they say, they never do. when you spray paint, wheatpaste, or stick something on a wall, get their attention, people will hear you. Illegal activities always get people’s attention.

  4. May 20, 2008

    Deffinately not an eye sore, love his work, i have this one sprayed onto my bedroom wall. If this isnt art and a made bed is theres somthing wrong with the world

  5. Tony D permalink
    November 22, 2008

    banksy is a working class hero in my eyes! genius

  6. Luisa la del barrio permalink
    February 12, 2009

    Bansky rules…tha’ street graffiti art scene!!! GENIOUS WORK…

  7. laura permalink
    March 2, 2009

    i think it is ace n everyone shod love it because its art n i luv it

  8. July 25, 2009

    graffiti is the coolest thing in the wold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  9. Juanita permalink
    August 31, 2009

    These days youth are growing up in a chaotic world where fat laced shell toes, waxing up curbs to grind on and trains used as canvas are viewed as going against the grain; when in fact, if the pubic would open their minds and property they would see that graffiti is a portal to finding the modern day Da vinici’s. Generations of graffiti ARTIST prowl the streets equipped with sharpies, spray paint, adrenaline and imaginations that would set a city on fire… take an environment to another level! They always say you are a product of your environment, so how bout they let the product out the cage and let these artists go to work! What is the world with out creativite minds????? People are letting society set the standards… how bout we let the standards set society straight and show them what some Krylon can do for these streets! Its not rebellion, its not gang affiliatION..its unique individualism that needs to be let loose. Ya’all do ya thang!!!

  10. September 29, 2009

    i think that the graffiti is amazing in so many ways… it is very artistic and not in any way vandalism

  11. Mathew "RennDawg" Renner permalink
    February 25, 2010

    It is art if you are not the one being hurt by it. I have seen its negative effect. Small businesses losing money by either habing to cover it up or not covering it and losing customers. If it is not your property or ypu do not have permission from the owner than you have no right to put anything on it. I don’t care if looks like something Thomas Kinkade painted. Look, I admit I think it is ugly. I also think about half of the paintings I see at museums are ugly. That is not the point. The point is the lack of respect for other people’s property. I also know this through personal experience. My parents house was vandalised when I was a child. Actually several times. I saw how much it cost my parents. My mom broke down and cried once. I had to clean it up. Should my parents and I just accepted this as art or seen it for what it really was, a violation of our persons.

  12. March 31, 2010

    banksi rockes

  13. March 31, 2010

    Graffiti is really cool altough i wouldnt do it because i might get arrested but banksy is really lucky to be recognised his graffiti is ART believe it or not it is.

  14. my name is a secret permalink
    April 11, 2012

    I agree. If an entire city was completely covered in graffiti, nothing would ever be boring to look at. The snobs that think a rich creation full of color should not be allowed would be disappointed when they saw the incredible illustrations on our city walls.

  15. Jonathan Doe permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I don’t think that Grafitti is art. I think it’s vandalism. It makes other people’s property look very bad. It destroys the image of the person’s property. I think graffiti taggers can go get a life and a job to start a better way of life. So my point is, graffiti is vandalism.

  16. chidinma permalink
    May 1, 2012

    Graffiti is a beautiful work of art and i luv it

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

  1. Remaining Relevant » Blog Archive » Forking librarians for a cause

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS