Graffiti: Art or a Crime?

Discussion
Sep 7, 2012
by: anthonyf

In Arifa Akbar's and Paul Vallery's news article, “Graffiti: Street Art - Or Crime,” the authors talk about how people view graffiti with different points of view. It also talks about people who got arrested for doing an innocent crime and have to face a jail sentence of years.

When we consider the issue of graffiti, is it art or crime? Some might wonder if people should have to serve hard jail time for something so innocent and not even to be considered a felony. Akbar's and Vallery's news article addresses this question because 5 men were arrested and face serious charges for just vandalizing property. Some say they deserve it because they make the streets look ugly. Others say they need more justice and that they should not do jail time for writing on walls or expressing themselves.

“There's room for debate but jail sentences shouldn't be part of that. They should just have to do youth work, or clean up ugly tags." This is basically saying that “crimes that are not too extreme compared to others such as murders or terrorist attacks, should not get jail sentences that faces a man for years for writing on the walls.”

This might make one wonder why graffiti is very high in charges and is very punishable, with people facing up to years in jail. It makes art a disgrace because where I'm from the Bronx is a place where graffiti was brought up in style. It shows who we are and what we feel inside and we express ourselves. I used to do graffiti myself until I got caught doing it and had probation for 6 months and community service. They were going to give me jail time, but I refused it and fought. I got probation and community service instead. Graffiti is art and a way you can express yourself to no limits.

Another point Akbar and Vallery makes in his news article is that he uses people quotes on what they reflect on the idea of graffiti is either art or crime. This is creative because any author could go on and talk forever about his opinion on this matter, but to get different people sayings and the way they express themselves and have both people who are against graffiti and people who support it? It’s brilliant.

A third point addressed by Akbar and Vallery is: “Some 85 per cent of graffiti is just tags, and another 10 per cent is gang communication, according to US sociologists who survey this kind of thing. And who, anyway, says Bob, is going to police "what is art and what is ugly"? This is significant because the truth is I think the people who are in a gang and just be vandalizing people's property just to get fame for their hood or their gang should be the ones who get arrested. I know art and gang-related graffiti and cops or police should know the difference and make judgements about the penalties on the people arrested.

Some might not agree with Akbar and Vallery that graffiti is not a crime and that people should deserve the right to express themselves and make art look throughout the whole world. It makes the world a more beautiful place. Another reason people might not agree with the authors is because graffiti might become legal and spread throughout the cities and make people know and learn to appreciate graffiti and its roots of where it started.

What we can appreciate about these writers’ work is that we can all learn from them what graffiti is and maybe just sit back and think whether or not it should be legal and graffiti could actually be something beautiful, instead of looking at it and frowning down upon it or thinking it's a disgrace. We can look forward to seeing what they write next because graffiti is a big concern, yet we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved.

Link :
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/graffiti-st...

Citation :
Akbar, A. and Vallery, P. (2008) Graffiti: Street Art - Or Crime. The Independent , 16 July , p.2 .

Comments

I just finished reading your

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Submitted by adot on Mon, 2012-09-10 09:33.

I just finished reading your article “Graffiti: Art or a Crime?” and this really caught my attention because I like to draw and do graffiti myself.

One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me was “Some say they deserve it because they make the streets look ugly. Others say they need more justice and that they should not do jail time for writing on walls or expressing themselves ” because personally I think that you should not get arrested for something like drawing on a wall when people in this world today kill people and get away with it .

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. When I was in Jr high school me and a bunch of my friends started a little crew called The Warriors .We went around the school drawing W’s everywhere but once the principal found out about what me was doing she called us into her office and then she told u that if this continued then we will get arrested for vandalism.

basically im just Saying that graffiti just shouldn't be use in the wrong way and it should just be used to express your feelings

Get a proper education, and

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2012-12-31 08:08.

Get a proper education, and then buy and damage your OWN property, entitled one. What makes you thinkyou deserve to ruin other people's property and businesses? Jealousy, maybe?

 

Get over yourself, these taggers aren't artists, they are spoiled, empty-headed punks who need to get a life.

Graffitti is more art than most modern art

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2013-01-19 22:45.

in response to your arguement thast taggers arent artists, i believe that it takes much more of the elements of art to do a decent throw up, let alone a peice, than it does to make most modern art.  And there is no reason to be throwing names around, i understand your thoughts and appreciate your opinion, but there is no need to be calling us empty headed punks.  we have more creativity and artistic aboility than most people out there.

 

In response to your comment I

Submitted by KiRG on Sun, 2013-01-20 12:56.

In response to your comment I would like to point out that YOU my friend are the entitled one here. YOU somehow got the impression that graffiti writers are bad, and non-educated people. Well let me tell you "sir" that are fatally wrong. Graffiti writers are very intelligent people no matter their education, and I'll tell you why. Graffiti writer are some of the few peope who have the guts to express themselves in public, to stand up for what they truly feel is right. You, you are probably some business owner that feels that since he went to a good school and owns his own business you are a "successful" person. Well the people in this world who are truly successful are the people who love who they are and do what they love. Graffiti writers love who they are and what they do. Graffiti is not a crime, nor is it an art form, graffiti is a way of life that inspires millions to express themselves in ways that the majority of the people in our country wouldn't have the guts to do. Get your head out of your ass and open your mind up. The fact that you think that all graffitiw writers are "spoiled, empty-headed punks who need to get a life." makes you an ignorant human being.

Sincerely,

KiRG (Providence Graffiti Writer)

Although...

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Submitted by 18wongj on Tue, 2013-11-19 11:27.

Although it is in fact rude for him to say that in such a manner I agree with him. Although graffiti may be considered an art and way of life you have to realize that graffiti damages other people's property. Would you like it if you had a little brother who vandalized your room and say that it was his way of life? Sure, some people may like graffiti on their hose or apartment, but not all do. i seriously believe and think that you should first ask that person whether they want graffiti on their property or not. People may want to have their property not colorful or whatever. Some people actually like it that way. Let me give you an example: You go to your friend's house and have some fun bla..bla..bla. The next day he goes to your house and you both have fun bla...bla...bla. After he leaves you find that he vandalized your house with all of his pictures gluing them all over the place with sticky glue. he considers himself an artist and is a professional graffiti writer whos paintings are not worth much to the public. He has destroyed your house this way. Do you like it? P.S. I am not a property owner.

Graffiti is an awesome art

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2014-12-10 22:48.

Graffiti is an awesome art form. It is a culture. It is a way to express yourself and style. While there are some unacceptable forms of graffiti such as tagging, there are many acceptable forms such as murals and pieces. There are many inspirational Graff artists that act as role models and keep this art form alive. Graff is about friends, fun, chemistry, burners, achievements, travel, meeting new people, cultures and lifestyles. This art form is a great way to experiment with colour combinations, styles, fonts, techniques, effects and so much more. Indeed it is the biggest art movement in the world and will never stop!

 

EDUCATE YOURSELF!!!

Why Do you Have Such Hate?

Submitted by Graffiti Artist on Thu, 2016-03-17 10:41.

Honestly, you just sucked yourself into a never ending hole of hate. YES, all people who do graffiti are artists, have you TRIED to do graffiti before? Its harder than you think. People who do street art and graffiti are wonderful talented people! I am sure you have gotten some angry people fighting back at you. I am a full time artist and I take art the way I should. I admire even the littlest piece of graffiti, and YES graffiti does matter to the world, it brightens up our cities and towns. You got it wrong. 

i think you are right but why

Submitted by the Anonymous on Sun, 2015-09-06 04:36.

i think you are right but why did you do it in the first place

 

I think that Graffiti is...

Submitted by JackB on Mon, 2012-09-10 14:45.

I think that graffiti is an art, because if it was a crime why would people be getting sweat shirt, shirts, and other articles of clothing with their name written in graffiti on it. There are many people that want certain walls in their buildings or houses to have graffiti on them. If graffiti was a crime then why would so many people continue to want their buildings or offices to have it done. The U.S. is the land of opportunity, the land of the free, so then why have so many people been getting into trouble for doing something that they are good at. It may be the one and only way that they can get money for their families, or even to put food on the table. There should be certain areas in the cities that is a graffiti area that any one can use as a blank canvas. This way they can continue to express themselves, and make the city a better place.

The fact that many people like graffiti doesn't mean anything

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Submitted by 18wongj on Mon, 2014-01-06 11:35.

Adolf hitler quote regarding how people are so easily persuaded and do dumb things:
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

The fact that many people like graffiti doesn't mean anything

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Submitted by 18wongj on Mon, 2014-01-06 11:35.

Adolf hitler quote regarding how people are so easily persuaded and do dumb things:
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

Graffiti

Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2012-10-10 12:53.

Well, I personally think that Graffiti can be expressed as an art but yet a crime it all depends on how you do it. Like if you are riding through Brooklyn NY and see a quick version of a male reproductive system then you know that it's stupid gangs and hoodlums just trying to be funny. But sometimes down it the subways like I saw on a TV show, people also spray paint beautiful pictures of like, Mona Lisa, and Van Gogh. It also depends on effort like here, in Mr.Levy's class.

     If you try to draw a nice painting but it comes out bad at least you know you weren't trying to be a hoodlum. Graffiti can also be painted to express politic views like Presidential races and to show what religon you practice. I also do not agree Akbar and Vallery people should be able to express them selves but in a positive way not like stupid words or catch phrases or puns. Like artwork and political views and religon but not like "Romney stinx go Obama!" Like to draw the democratic sign to show you believe in democrats. Yes it does make the world a more beautiful place to express yourself. But not negatively. Police need to look deeper into the graffiti when arresting someone. And say " Is this really a negative impact on our community?" Most of the time it is not a negative drawing. So my belief is that graffiti drawers should be able to express themselves and paint what they like, or what their interests are like a baseball. But never a stupid pun or stupid drawings that just shows that those people are low-class and do not know the first thing about Art. So my Opinion, Mainly Graffiti is an Art.

I agree

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Submitted by 16islamr on Mon, 2013-10-14 21:42.

I agree with JoeM's opinion on the issue of graffiti art in the world community. There is no question that the art graffiti is sometimes abused through mockery and humiliation. However, there is a reason that graffiti is recognized as an art. Those who respect its value utilize graffiti to display beautiful pieces of art that express significant messages around the community. However, I am against the idea that the act of displaying graffiti on other people's property should be considered justified. It is costly to remove this art from the property of others, and this money is obtained at the cost of tax payers. Therefore, I agree with the idea that graffiti artists should have the freedom to paint what they like. However, they do not have the right to express their artwork on private property.

I just finished reading your

Submitted by JuliaN on Mon, 2012-09-10 14:50.

I just finished reading your article on whether graffiti is art or a crime. This is a very interesting article because now I realize why people would beg to differ. When most people hear the term "art" they think of some expensive painting hanging in a museum. But to others, art is another way of expressing their culture. When ever I'm in the city, I see all sorts of graffiti on walls and buildings. My first reaction is "Why would they do that?" But now I'm starting to see that people see graffiti as art and something they can relate too. I personally think that grafitti isn't like looking at a pretty painting at all, but others see it as a cultural thing, and something they love to do, which other people have to accept.

Graffiti

Submitted by DanielaB on Mon, 2012-09-10 14:53.

I think you made a great point about graffiti because before I thought graffiti was just a gang thing and I didn't think about it as art. Another great point you made was that people shouldn't go to jail for many years for this unless it's gang related because it isn't a crime. The graffiti could just be art or maybe even a way of spreading awareness about a certain topic. For example once I was driving in Brooklyn, NY and I saw graffiti on an abandoned building and it said Stop Joseph Kony. For people who don't know who he is he is an evil man who forces children in Uganda and some other parts of Africa to become child soldiers. Back to the point though the person who did the graffiti could have been charged for vandalism, but they didn't do anything wrong. Another side to this story is that some people don't want graffiti in places at all because they don't think it looks good. I think in each town/city they should vote on graffiti laws and designate spots for graffiti to be allowed. In other words it should be controlled graffiti. In conclusion the government should know the difference between gang related vandalisms and just regular graffiti and should designate spots for graffiti to be allowed.

A valid point has been made

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Submitted by 16islamr on Mon, 2013-10-14 22:02.

A valid point has been made DanielaB regarding the way the government handles vandalism in the form of graffiti. Graffiti is an art. However, it is reasonable to consider the act of vandalizing through graffiti a crime because it is sometimes gang-related and is often displayed on other people's property. However, the jail-time for graffiti vandalism is often over-exaggerated and unnecessary. Unnecessary confinement is an issue in the United States that needs to be addressed. The idea of a "controlled graffiti" system is a good idea, because it reduces the need for unnecessary confinement. In all, I admire graffiti, as well as all other forms of art, because it is visually entertaining and thoughtful when addressing a major issue of society. I am supportive of the idea of having graffiti a part of society, because it emphasizes the value of art.

Compromise

Submitted by LiamC on Mon, 2012-09-10 14:57.

I think it is an interesting topic, and think your right in saying that it is a way to express yourself. I also think you are correct in saying that the punishments are way too servere for just drawing on walls. But, the other side does have a point. Some owns/bought the item your drawing on. It is disrespectful and illegel to deface other's property. I think a good compromise whould be for the goverment to set up certain places to graffiti. Also,  you could ask if you could or do it on your own wall. Overall, I think you dod a good job writing your views on this contraversal topic.

Graffiti is a form of

Submitted by CameronB on Mon, 2012-09-10 14:59.

Graffiti is a form of self-expression
and, I personally think that it is a form of art. Some artists paint on canvas
while others paint on buildings, either way it is still someone's creativity at
work.  There is much worse going on in the world than someone doing
graffiti, murder and robbery are crimes not expressing yourself.
 Technically yes it is vandalism, but it doesn't harm anyone in any way.
Art, as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:” the conscious use of
skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic
objects; also: works
so produced."  Graffiti uses skill, creativity, and imagination so
that is why I believe it is a form of art.  In conclusion, if graffiti is
done harmlessly than no it should not be a crime.

 

Graffiti

Submitted by ClaudinoP on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:04.

Graffiti is art to those who make it and to those who see it as art. Those who don't like Graffiti have reasons and one may be that it's on structures that the government pays workers to build such as bridges, sidewalks, and subway systems/railroads. Lets say you wake up one day and walk outside to find a huge picture on the side of your house, you may not be so happy considering you or someone you pay money to must wash it away but if you're happy about it then you have a large art piece on the side of your house. The real message is that all people see in a different way and art to one may be Graffiti but to another it may be a piece by Leanardo Da Vinci.

After reading the article, I

Submitted by JamieH on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:05.

After reading the article, I think that it is wrong and right. You are vandalizing walls or objects that are not yours. But, I also think that you might just be drawing not in a bad way. If you just want to draw I think you should not do it on a wall which everybody can see. You should draw it on something that is yours so it is not destroying things that you do not own. I think it is right that the people got arrested for drawing graffiti because you cannot draw or write on things that are not yours.

Grafiti is Wrong

Submitted by MichaelFr on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:15.

I think that kids shouldn't do grafiti. I think that because they are painting over public property. Yes grafiti is not harming anyone but if you want to paint over a wall do it on your wall. I think that if someone is caught doing grafiti they get to chose clean it up or pay a fine. Another thing that I don't like about grafiti is the fact that it makes the city or town look rundown. I think that a clean wall would look nicer than a wall with a slogan or name on it. Overall I don't think grafiti is evil but it is wrong. 

Graffiti

Submitted by JackS on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:18.

Graffiti can be a very good way to express yourself, but it is also illegal. I believe that graffiti can help people show what is going on in their life and it can relieve stress and help clear your mind. If graffiti is a beautiful design of different scenes and a picture that can speak to you then i think it is okay. If somebody wants to paint a picture of a big moment in their life or a part of their culture or religion then that is nice and beautiful and people can relate. Graffiti should be something people look and get inspired by or say wow that's a really deep and thoughtful painting. To me graffiti is a way to get away from a typical stressful life and seeing a nice picture of someone's views, beliefs and stories can possibly inspire someone to change their life. However I do not agree on it if it is just an inappropriate image of something nobody needs to see or read then the offender should be punished. To me writing your name all over a wall is a waste of space for someone who uses graffiti as art. I don't think they should do jail time but community service would be a fitting punishment. Once again graffiti is a form of art, it is a way for people to express feelings and emotions and like the article said graffiti will never stop but it can be improved. It can be improved with designated graffiti walls or possibly making it legal to a certain extent. Graffiti is a great thing for people to have but there is responsibility that comes with it. 

 

When I visit the city I see

Submitted by RebeccaO on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:24.

When I visit the city I see many bridges and other areas covered in graffiti. Knowing that graffiti counts as such a serious crime changes the views of many people; for some it makes them want to stop and others it kicks in their adrenaline. Graffiti is a way for youth to express what they are feeling or a way to show how talented they are. To some people graffiti is just another bright stain on the wall, but think about some people believe that Wassily Kandinsky(abstract artist) is a genius. I am pretty much saying that there are always those people who aren't going to like everthing people do. Considering that people are really using these walls as their canvas they should be given permission or be sentenced to commuunity service to clean it up. There is still no reason why these people are being put into jail for writing on a wall. Before they judge weather or not to throw someone in jail they should evaluate if it was meant as a piece of artwork or a gang-related affense. As Anthony F said, "...their gang should be the ones who get arrested."("Graffiti: Art or a Crime?")Everthing said in this article makes a great point about how graffiti is an art and not a crime.

Art or Crime

Submitted by JohnB on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:28.

Graffiti is an art but it can also be a crime. Graffiti is a true art and a way that people can express there emotions in a different way. It is a crime because you are violating government property. Some graffiti can be inspiring but can also be disturbing. " Graffiti will never stop but it can always be improved." I thought that was a fantastic way to end a very well written post. To sum it all up graffiti is a fantastic way to show a different kind of art but you can never stop it. 

Art or Crime

Submitted by JohnB on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:29.

Graffiti is an art but it can also be a crime. Graffiti is a true art and a way that people can express there emotions in a different way. It is a crime because you are violating government property. Some graffiti can be inspiring but can also be disturbing. " Graffiti will never stop but it can always be improved." I thought that was a fantastic way to end a very well written post. To sum it all up graffiti is a fantastic way to show a different kind of art but you can never stop it. 

Art in some forms Crime in some forms

Submitted by James on Tue, 2016-01-05 19:56.

I believe doing graffiti on paper or anywhere u have permission is totally ok graffiti is a form of Art!!! So you should definetly be allowed to do it if you have permission you are not considered a "punk" or "thug" if you do that!! Although taking it out of hand and misplacing the art for doing on buildings or signs is not ok. Although I do think it looks cool if your not a toy. (I do graffiti myself just not on others property)

I personally think that

Submitted by JunK on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:32.

I personally think that grafitti can be both a crime and a good thing. For example, if your walking or driving and you see grafiti that has inapropiate stuff on it, that could be a crime. But if the grafiti is just a bunch of random words or a picture, that could be a good thing. They might just be wanting to express themselves and have nowhere else to do it besides on the bottom of a bridge or in the subway station.

Grafiti is also a art. If it was just a crime, why would people wear t shirts and other clothes with grafiti on it? It depends on whats written for it to be decided whether it is a crime or a art. They could use grafiti to get money, to feed their family. As long as the words arent inapropiate, I dont think it should be a crime.

Graffiti... It's both.

Submitted by RebeccaRa on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:39.

Is Graffiti an art ir a crime? In my opinion, Graffiti is an art but its not always appropriate. If your vandelizing someone elses propority then graffiti is not cool at all. Graffiti, if done the wrong way, can be a serious crime! But other than that many people use graffiti as a way to express their talents and artistic abilitites. There are even some famous graffiti artists out there! Over all, i feel that graffiti is an art and should not be mistaken for a crime unless is needed. ~

This was very interesting to

Submitted by CarlyK on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:28.

This was very interesting to read because me and my friends like to draw on our notebooks and paper and to think that people get arested for doing this in public places is eye opening. I always pass by graffiti on the highway and im always fascinated by the pictures. The fact that grafiti is a crime is sort of crazy. Yes it is defacing property, but when people get arested for it is not fair. They should have to do community service or clean up grafiti instead. I agree with Arifa Akbar's and Paul Vallery's perspective 100%.

How can a form a art be

Submitted by DanR on Mon, 2012-09-10 15:53.

How can a form a art be illegal? While I understand it is vandalism, however, I also think that having grafiti be ilegal is interrupting with the artists pursuit of happiness. I also think that grafiti is no where other vandalism like arson or destroying other peoples property and should not require jail time. The sad thing is that the police and government are not doing anything proactive to stop it. They are only reacting and punising the offenders. The government should implicate better places for teenagers to hang and express themselves such community centers that offer art programs. 

I found this post interesting

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Submitted by krystalm on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:01.

I found this post interesting for two reasons. One, I am an graffiti artist myself and two I have gotten arrested for showing my art by vandalizing property. I believe that graffiti is only a crime if you make it one. Meaning vandalizing property that isn't yours, writing on business places, or even just the use of paint/spray cans on floors. That's making it a crime. As far as showing your art in places it's wanted or needed then it's except able.

Graffiti is an Art

Submitted by LaythK on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:03.

        As you said in your article graffiti is away of showing who you are. I know when I draw its my expressions on the page.Art can be a drawing from a draw book to a priceless painting in a museum to spray painting on walls. Most people that have went to a museum and think " how is this thing art?" Art doesn't appeal to everyone. For something that looks terrible to you might look beautiful to me. Furthermore, graffiti is an art because it is showing who you are and what you are, and that is was art is, to show someone who you are. It can go from a small drawing to a huge mural. Sometimes when someone thinks of graffiti they think of a rundown city, but graffiti can go from spray painting to a big beautiful mural. Like you said yourself "graffiti could actually be something beautiful."

Graffiti Art or Crime

Submitted by KatD on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:03.

Graffiti. You see it in many places; on bridges, walls, buildings and many other places. Most of the times you find Graffiti in more poor places where there is a lot of crime, gangs, and violence. People use graffiti as ways to mark areas for a gang or for art. But which way is the way most people interpret it?

Some people interpret graffiti as a crime. They believe graffiti is only used with gangs and poor people causing trouble. People also interpret graffiti as being a place where people are poor. To me graffiti is a crime. If used for violence or criminal related then it is bad. Also you are destroying other people's property, which is also aganist the law.

Graffiti can also be a good thing though. If used on the persons own property, and they don't put any offense things in the graffiti then it is in my opinion art and not crime.

Graffiti is an art

Submitted by MichaelP on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:12.

I think graffiti is an art becuase people who draw graffiti on walls and buildings must be pretty good artists if they can make graffiti look that good. Even thoguh putting graffiti on a building is vandalizing it, it still adds color and personality to the wall or building. When I was in Greece over the summer we took the subway and the doors were covered in graffiti and it looked really cool, the subways were colorful and interesting. Even though 10% of graffiti is gang communication, it still adds personality to your building and if the gang hasn't done anything to you, then everything should be fine. Also, I think there is little difference between spray painting a piece of paper in art class and spray painting a building, and if the owner of the building wanted to, he could just paint over the graffiti anyway. Those are all the reasons why I think graffiti is an art.

Graffiti is Art

Submitted by AshlieG on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:18.

After reading this article I feel graffiti is art. People might have different veiws and think it is a crime, but it is only a crime if people do it as a dare or to be looked on with more respect. As it said in the article some people do it just to say what they feel and write curse all over the walls, but thats the people who should be called out not the good  artist. It is a style os writing because people like to get it on their clothing or just make a doodle in graffiti. They only people who deserve to go to jail for it are the people cursing and not using it as a way of drawing. I feel even if its not good graffiti people shouldn't go to jail they should do community service and have to take down the inapropriate stuff they drew. In the cities and tunnels that get graffitied it is so dull and boring, so I am glad they do it, because it is nice to see artwork  in a place all dull. If they own their own building and want t o graffiti it I encourage it as long as it is appropriate, to inspire people. All graffiti really is, is a way for people to express themselves and inspire others.

Graffiti

Submitted by DanD on Wed, 2012-10-10 12:47.

Me personally after reading this article kind of like having graffiti. When i see graffity driving in the car I always look at it, and most of the time it is a talented peice of art. I like the way it looks but have never done it. However I do like to draw and like looking at all kinds of art that is interesting. I think graffiti is an awesome way to express yourself.

If grafitti is going to keep people active and clean then let it be. It's not like it's the worst thing in the world. If people like it and it's their hobby then that is fine. Some people even have graffiti as their job, and theirs nothing wrond with that. However their is a difference between use and abuse. Illegal use should not be done because it ruins things. Legal use though looks nice. I hope that people see both sides of this scenario.

Art

Submitted by JohnG on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:18.

In my opinion Graffiti can be a very colorful way of self expression. In my old town, I would pass by a specific area that was dull and colorless and just boring looking if not for the beautiful graffiti plastered on the sides of the walls. Graffiti can make neighborhoods beautiful and feel unique.  Also, I don't think that it should be illegal to do graffiti.  As Akbar and Vallery said only 10% of graffiti in the country is gang related. As long as it livens up the area and isn't gang related I don't think it should be illegal.

I do not think griffiti is a

Submitted by AlexFa on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:40.

I do not think griffiti is a crime it is deffinetly is an art. People should not get jail time for it. It would be stupid to jail these people just for writing on walls. Do kids in school get in big trouble for writing on a desk? No, so why should adults get jail time for writing on a wall. It is practicly the same thing. In my opinion it is not smart to jail these people because its a waste of money too. Every year a prisioner is in jail it costs $22,000. Thats just wasting tax payers money. I think griffiti is an art because it takes a lot of time and effort so it should be legal so people can express their feeling with out getting in trouble. Also the police should learn the gang symbols so they know if they are arresting an actual bad guy not some kid expressing his feeling or poloticial view or just someone wanting make art. These people are put in jail for no reason and in jail they can potentially join a gang. If they don`t want so many kids joining gangs they should not jail these artists. Also getting this jail time and will make it almost impossible to get a job its already hard enough to get one. In conclusion I think grifitti should be legal and its definetly art.

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Submitted by MichaelPe on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:46.

I think that graffiti is a great way to express yourself and personally I like the look of it to. But people can not be going up to random buildings and property and writing on it. Its not theirs and is vandalism. I think if you want to do it on a building, ask the owner and tell them what your going to write. As for jail time for doing it, I think that is extreme and should only be a fine. Jails are crowded and don't need to be filled up for crimes like that. All in all its an art but should not be done without permission.

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Submitted by ConnorM on Mon, 2012-09-10 16:47.

Graffiti is most definately an art. As someone who likes art, I have no hesitation in saying that graffiti is my favorite type of art. I love seeing what different artists can create around a city. It's a way for people to exress feelings, personality, and opinion. Others may just be looking for a way to get discovered. All I'm saying is, to those of you who think it's destructive, next time you see graffiti, don't just say, "Ew, why do people vandalize crap like that?" I challenge you to try to think about the ideas behind it that made the artist paint it. Maybe they did it because they wanted you to enjoy their talent. No matter what, people didn't just do it to ruin things.

In my opinion i think that

Submitted by CarolineB on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:02.

In my opinion i think that Grafitti is a reasonable crime. I think this because It is vandelizing public preoperty. Some say it is a way to express yourself, and I have no problem with expressing yourself but there are many different ways to express yourself then to draw on public property.If you need to paint to express your feelings then paint on a peice of paper or somewhere that is not public. I understand that there are different people who do grafitti but why punish only the "bad" people who do it. If you are doing the same thing that the other bad people are doing doesn't it make you like them? Do you want to be like them? I understand how you might disagree with me but I feel very strongly on my opinion against Grifitti.  

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Submitted by GianaA on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:16.

I never thought about graffiti as art, but you brought up a good point. Graffiti
is both an art and a crime. If you vandalize someone's property with bad images
then I agree that the owner of the property should press charges or make the vandal do community
service. Some people don't want graffiti because they think it makes the town
look dirty or ugly. Plus people pay for the stuff you may damage. Graffiti also exmaplifies art. It can express ideas or thoughts that people should know about. For example, when I was driving to New York, I saw an image that illlustrated firemen raising the American flag or "Raising the Flag at Ground Zero" which happened after the 9/11 catasrophe. This shows unity and Americans bonding together after the horrific event. I also saw another image that said "Crack Is Wack". This is shown so people can reflect on making right choices. These two images are posivite pictures of graffiti that are there so people can think about what it's trying to say. If you draw random pictures then it cheapens the neighborhood. Graffiti is both an art and a crime.

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Submitted by GianaA on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:20.

I never thought about graffiti as art, but you brought up a good point. Graffiti
is both an art and a crime. If you vandalize someone's property with bad images
then I agree that the owner of the property should press charges or make the vandal do community
service. Some people don't want graffiti because they think it makes the town
look dirty or ugly. Plus people pay for the stuff you may damage. Graffiti also exemplifies art. It can express ideas or thoughts that people should know about. For example, when I was driving to New York, I saw an image that illustrated firemen raising the American flag or "Raising the Flag at Ground Zero" which happened after the 9/11 catastrophe. This shows unity and Americans bonding together after the horrific event. I also saw another image that said "Crack Is Wack". This is shown so people can reflect on making right choices. These two images are positive pictures of graffiti that are there so people can think about what it's trying to say. If you draw random pictures then it cheapens the neighborhood. Graffiti is both an art and a crime.

Graffiti is a crime!

Submitted by JakeT on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:24.

Graffiti I believe is a crime! This is because, if someone started painted colred bubble-letters on your wall, would you be happy because it looks nice and pretty? I know i wouldn't! Also, I have been to New York, and if you ask me it would look a lot better without all of the graffiti all over. Wouldn't it?! So on that note i'm happy that they got arrested for the graffiti. It serves them right!!!

As soon as i saw the title

Submitted by SofiaC on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:23.

As soon as i saw the title "Graffiti: Art or a Crime" I knew i had to respond because this was a topic i was thinking about the other day. I agree completly that graffiti is a perfect way to express yourself, let off steam, and also a way to let people know what you're thinking without them knowing that you're the one saying it. Graffiti can also be a form of protest art, tell the world what you think about some of the things going on nowadays. But, even though graffiti may be a great form of art, its also a crime because graffiti is a very controversial topic, and for all those people who are against it; they won't be happy with all of the "ugly" art around them. So you need to pay for the crime you've done. The issue is how to make them do it. It really all depeneds on the case, as you said in the article because those kids who are only trying to express themselves should get community service, not jail time. I don't think they should get jail time bcause they have not committed some huge ugly crime that harmed anyone else, they were only expressing themselves. As for the kids who are just drawing to communicate something pointless, they should be the ones getting jail time because what they're doing has no meaning other than trying to look cool or something of that sort. Just because not evereyone loves graffiti it doesn't mean that all types of graffiti have to be handled the same way. For some people graffiti is probably their outlet because maybe they don't know of any other place where they can broadcast their emotions and make a statment anonymously. Sometimes you just have to look at it from the point of view of the person writing it.  

I think that graffiti is

Submitted by AlexF on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:23.

I think that graffiti is truly like any art that people should respect and admire. But I also think that the artists shouldn't take advantage of their skill and purposely vandalize property or write hurtfull or inappropriate things. I totally agree with the 3rd section of this article that talks about how these somewhat meaningless offenses are getting punished and brought up before more important things like murder and terrorism and kidnappings. I think that things like that should be punished and taken care of first; the type of things that put people's lives in danger, not images that can be easily erased. What I think can solve this problem is having big yards or parks just full of brick walls and structures made specifically for graffiti. This will give artists a place to showcase their art, as well as make an art museum that will be there for years to come and many people to enjoy. It will probably also stop the vandalism and if any person does vandalize, they now have no excuse for not doing it in the designated area and they can be punished. Not with jail, but with community service or other things that would benefit the community and the individual.Laughing

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Submitted by PeterB on Mon, 2012-09-10 17:57.

After reading your post I do notice that some things have to be changed with our judicial system and how graffiti has to be treated as a crime. Walls or sides of buildings offer artists a almost unlimited amount of work space, that also doesn't need a dry place to keep it. They also add more distinct features to a certain building or one that has been run down for years and just takes the eyesore away. Thirdly, the artists work will most likey be looked at more on a building side then in a musuem or art showcase. Finally, these artists are branded as felons for being betrayed as a nuisance.

I also agree with you on the point of the sentencing of the crime. The police figures on the scene should be able to tell the difference between a gang symbol or someone that just wants to speak freely. When the person making the graffiti finally do it they are always afraid of getting caught for something that really isn't that big of a deal. While, on the other hand a traditional artist can be doing their work and not think anything about it. This is why I do believe that most graffiti should be scene as an art form and not a crime.

Art or Crime?

Submitted by CaitlinC on Mon, 2012-09-10 19:00.

After
reading your article, I was torn between if graffiti was destruction to property’s
or a beautiful, misunderstood art. After mulling over the very controversial
topic, I became convinced that graffiti could be either. Graffiti could be a
way for people to express themselves. It could be a look into someone else’s
world, what they see and how they feel. Many artist paint breath-taking
pictures, something you stare at for a bit. Graffiti could be memorizing and
unique. Like a miniature art show on the side of the road. But, it could also
be unattractive vandalism. Bad words sprawled on building, inappropriate
pictures drawn. This is why graffiti is a crime. Ever since we were little
kids, we have been punished for writing on the walls. We grew up learning that
graffiti was bad. Before I became old enough, I always thought graffiti was a rebellious,
ugly, and horrible. But my opinion changed after seeing a picture of the twin
towers in New York. I thought it was beautiful, and if I ever met the artist in
person, I would shake their hand. I strongly believe that graffiti could be vandalism,
or a beautiful mistake.

 

Input about Whether Graffiti Should be Legal / Illegal.

Submitted by EthanS on Mon, 2012-09-10 19:35.

I loved reading this and how you said that even you grew up and did graffiti, but one point I was stuck at is how you didn't really have an opinion on whether or not it should be legal or illegal. I would say that graffiti should be only allowed if there is a permit, because it basically is vandalism if you think about it. If permits were given out to street artists, then I believe that we would be able to get to the real roots of graffiti, and how it should be an art. Personally, I would love to be able to visit the city and see art all around, and not have to go to a museum, just to see what could be outside for the public. However, I understand how it would be hard for cops to get around to the graffiti 'artists' who put up random words when they could be doing something else. I finally believe that if permits were given out and there was more legitamite street art, then less graffiti would be around, because who would want to ruin a nice piece of art?

Graffiti is an Art

Submitted by SaraR on Mon, 2012-09-10 19:36.

I just finished reading your article on graffiti being an art and a crime. I personally think that graffiti should be considered an art. Art is a way to express yourself, and comes in many forms. In my opinon, as long as you are not using graffiti to discriminate or bully or using it innapropriatly, you should be able to use it to express who you are. On the other hand, I can see why some people would consider it a crime. AS you said, some gangs use graffiti as a way to vandalize and ruin people's properties. In that case, I beleive there should be a punishment, though I think that a jail sentence is a bit extreme. Instead, I think that community service would be a fair consequence for vandalism. All in all, I belive that graffiti used as an art and a way to express yourself should go unpunished as long as you use the privilege correctly.

I just finished reading your

Submitted by MattT on Mon, 2012-09-10 20:02.

I just finished reading your article and I agree graffiti should be considered an art not a crime. I see graffiti almost everywhere and it never seemed offensive or bad to me. If it is such a crime, why do people do it all the time and even wear clothes with graffiti designs on them? They don't do those things because it's bad but because it is art that amazes everyone and catches their attention. You can be good at drawing and painting but when it comes down to graffiti why is it illegal even though it is essentially still art? If we are good at something and have a talent we should be allowed to share it.

What really stood out to me in this article was "what is art and what is ugly". To me that means that when you see graffiti on a building or wall you shouldn't look at it in disgust but in appreciation of what is being expressed. If graffiti is ugly then why do most people like to keep the graffiti on without covering it up? Whenever officials do cover up the graffiti it just makes another blank canvas for the said artists to create more. If you ask me graffiti should be legal and really admired for what it is. For some people it could be their only way of expressing their feelings. Their emotions, problems, thoughts and their personality should not be covered up. Legalize graffiti and a true art will be recognized.

I believe graffiti is art.

Submitted by OwenL on Mon, 2012-09-10 20:03.

I believe graffiti is art. But the art of graffiti is also a crime. I think this because their "canvas" could be on buildings of owners who dont want that on them. But I dont think the person who made the graffiti shall spend jail time. Instead the artist should then have to clean up where he/she sprayed his paint. Also if the artists wasn't caught someone can easily power wash them off, or like I saw in London- people painting over it. However if someone really wanted to show off there graffiti skills or had a very strong message they wanted to send to others there are some buildings in places such as Brooklyn  that will alow them to use their wall as a place to display the artisit work, which I saw in a show called "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist". All in all I think graffiti is illegal but should have a strict consequence because cleaning it is an easy solution.

I can't agree with either

Submitted by KevinP. on Wed, 2012-10-10 13:09.

I can't agree with either side espescially becuase I'm an artist and believe in expressing myself.  Though I wouldn't do graffeti I do think the punishment is harsh.  Sure it's annoying to have a tag on a wall of your building but jail time is going a little far.  I beleive a fine would be a better consiquense.  With that said I would like to say I think the style is really cool and I don't think it is ugly at all.  In the end I don't think it's an art or crime, I think it's both becuase it is a form of art but is also illegal.

People do have alterntives though to grafetti.  One famous artist Keith _____ would puthis artwork on paper over commericials.  This meant that it could be taken down.  Also there is popular German graffetti in which people make art out of tape.

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Submitted by BrittanyR on Mon, 2012-09-10 20:59.

In my opinion, I think this can go either way. Graffiti can be said its a crime but also faught that it's not. I love drawing because I can express myself through it. This being said, I can agree with people who think it is a crime. If you really like drawing or expressing yourself through art, why can you do it in your own home? Why does it have to be on other buildings or walls that you do not own? In defense of these people who went to jail for it, I can totally understand how you must feel. Some people can't say what they feel so they must show it through clothing, or writing or in this case art. That is that same with me. So this article was very interesting to me because the whole time I was trying to pick a side but at the end I couldn't. I understood both sides that were given in this topic.

I think graffiti is a crime

Submitted by RachelR on Mon, 2012-09-10 21:10.

I think graffiti is a crime but also art. I thik its ok when people draw innocent things like their names of if they are gifted; an actual painting. On the other hand, it can also be vandalism when people are purposely trying to deface that property by drawing swear words or other inappropriate pictures. Although the drawing could be harmless, if you don't have a license to do the painting its still a crime.  

 

I think that graffiti should

Submitted by Kevin on Mon, 2012-09-10 22:07.

I think that graffiti should be legal in certain areas. Like not on schools or not on anything that is very meaningful to our counrty. Some of the graffiti I see its very cool and artistic, but on the otherhand some other stuff i see is stuff that is very inappropriate. So therefor yes, i believe that you shouldnt get arrested for graffiti.

Graffiti: Street Art or Crime

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Submitted by christopherl on Tue, 2012-09-11 10:35.

graffiti: street Art-or crime by Akbar cought my attention because I can relate.
One sentence that had me thinking was wen you said “I know art and gang-related graffiti and cops or police should know the difference and make judgements about the penalties on the people arrested."Ive gotten locked up before and I felt like I was being targeted by the cops for something that was the size of my nail. Something you could barely see. Cops are unfair because I was just siting at the bus stop and they roll up on me saying I'm doing graffiti. Which I wasn't I was tracing someones name on a bench witch you could barely see. SOMETHING YOU CAN BARELY SEE!!!. I was locked up for 7 hours went to court and got 3 day's community service. Its scary to think that for something so innocent you could do time. I wasn't a graffiti artist but sins then I became one. What makes you think locking me up gonna stop me. I wonder how many innocent people cops converted to graffiti artist like me. I can understand that people violate businesses with their ugly tags but for a little simple name the size of my nail shouldn't be doing 7 hours in the joint and 3 days community service.

ART or CRIME???

Submitted by MilaryI on Tue, 2012-09-11 11:15.

I just finshed yopur article and I used to think the same thing. Is painting on street walls, building, trucks, etc. considered art or a crime? Now that I have red this article my opinion is I think this is art. I think this is art because well, people draw like a mural or spray paint a random face on the wall. Also I do consider this as a crime because if you draw/write something innapropriate or something that could be offensive to other people I would understand if they get not arrested but maybe a warning of some kind. For example, of you write ANDREW in big graffiti letteres it is a name not offensive but if you write like a bad curse word it might be offnesive to certain people. If someone gets caught writing soimething bad or offensive I still don't think the police officers should give them jail time maybe just lik a week of cmmunity serivce or charity or something. Jail would just be I think to much for graffiti art.So my final response to this article is I think it is art as long as they keep it appropriate. Laughing

I think graffiti is art and

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Submitted by jimmyq on Wed, 2012-09-12 09:03.

I think graffiti is art and and not a crime. I use to do graffiti and it is harmless, it doesn't kill or injure any other persons.

The fact that graffiti is frowned upon makes no sense because what would you rather have kids do: sell drugs, kill people, rob people, or just express themselves in a matter that doesn't hurt themselves or anybody else.

A valuable point made in this post to me was "Some 85 per cent of graffiti is just tags, and another 10 per cent is gang communication."

I think that this is so true because the majority of graffiti I see is just a drawing with a name.

Hi Anthony :D

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Submitted by crystalr on Wed, 2012-09-12 10:35.

Just to start off, your article was beautiful <3 You filled it with information and wrote like you really knew what you were talking about. I can see you feel strongly about this topic and can appreciate this fully. Now, to honestly agree of disagree...

I completely agree with you. Though some graffiti is obviously written for the wrong reasons, most that we see every day are harmless "tags" put up only for their names to be known and their art to be seen. I personally know some real artists who have no where else to express their visions but on the late night streets. In fact, many stores and franchises are legally hiring and paying artists to tag their store fronts and gates with graffiti.

Where you said, "Another reason people might not agree with the authors is because graffiti might become legal and spread throughout the cities and make people know and learn to appreciate graffiti and its roots of where it started," I had to completely agree with that as well. As I already said, it's already happening. Because it is out of the supposed "norm," it is obviously frowned upon. People can see brightly colored pictures, large and small, intricate lining and thoughtful placing and shake their heads if it's on a city wall, but look at a piece of clay at a museum and call it art. It's unfair.

Your cited work was also very nice to see. The truth of the matter has to be blown out in peoples' faces sometimes for anyone to take the time sit back and actually think about these things.

Again, completely loved your post, keep up the good work and all that good stuff :)

<3

Anthony, I really enjoyed

Submitted by ojloveland on Thu, 2012-09-13 14:52.

Anthony, I really enjoyed your research and opinion on this topic. I love art, and I agree with you that graffiti is a form of expression. The police force should be more concerned with more serious crimes, not so much with young people trying to express themselves. Although I am a firm believer in this, I do think that there should be a line drawn for where people do graffiti. For example, I don't think that it is right to graffiti on a brand new building that was made to look fresh and new. I believe that there is a somewhat time and place when it comes down to where the graffiti is done. I like how concrete you are when you say "we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved" I definitely agree with this. Thank you for your research and thoughts on this, I look forward to reading your future posts.
Sincerely, Olivia Loveland

Graffiti is a crime, an art, both and neither

Submitted by clayew on Fri, 2012-09-14 12:07.

Many people feel that Graffiti is simply vandalism. That the only purpose of it is to damage property and mark their territory. Others believe that the street is their canvas and that street art is the way in which they show the world their creative abilities. I believe that both of these methods of graffiti happen however my opinion on if graffiti is right or wrong depends on the situation.
I believe that graffiti is a crime when the purpose of it is purely to "tag your territory." This takes no creativity and also looks bad. It also damages property in a non-artistic way. I don't think that tagging is ever right and I believe that it should be cracked down on every time it is witnessed.
I believe that graffiti is an art when the purpose is to display your art to the world. Graffiti can be some of the most beautiful art in the world when done right. I believe that some public buildings and other public areas of the street should be sectioned off for purely street art so that street artists can truly have the world be their canvas.
I believe that graffiti when done on private property art or tagging is a crime. And I also believe that if you tag a place where it is legal to but you do it to destroy someone else art that that is also a crime.

graffiti art or a crime ? I

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Submitted by danielo on Mon, 2012-09-24 10:33.

graffiti art or a crime ?

I am i strongly agree with your post, "Graffiti:Art or a crime," because graffiti to me is art because i use to do it . People have to respect how artist express their feelings by spraying walls. Artist have to respect where they spray at because some people like to keep their property clean.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "It makes the world a nicer place" because is ironic because it is illegal but it is the truth. Graffiti makes certain blocks stand out and also people enjoy looking at the art while they walk.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i can relate to this post.

I agree that graffiti can be

Submitted by maryo on Mon, 2012-10-15 11:20.

I agree that graffiti can be an art form but there is more graffiti around that is not art.

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Submitted by danielo on Tue, 2012-10-09 12:19.

Dear anthonyf,

I strongly agree how graffiti is art to some people, i personally enjoy graffiti specially is done by my hand. One sentence that you mentioned that drew my attention was "graffiti makes the world nicer and radiant.

Another sentence that i liked we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved. Graffiti will never stop it doesn't matter how illegal it is. graffiti is a passion to graffers and myself . I enjoyed this post because is something i relate and can understand , i would like and enjoy reading some more post about this.

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Submitted by Trelly on Tue, 2012-10-16 11:05.

This is a very interesting topic and was intrigued with your interpretation of it. I believe that graffiti is a form of art. You see it everyday going to school or riding your bike; its everywhere and can be very beautiful in some instances. For example, in the city I live in, there is a large mural of the virgin mary spray painted onto a building. The art is very unique and very attractive. Graffiti is something that I like to see used more in the art world and less in the gang world.

Nice to look at

Submitted by GeorgiaN on Thu, 2012-10-25 10:19.

I think graffiti is an art. It is such a cool thing to look at and is always unique, but it being cool doesn't mean its okay. Vandalism is against the law and even though it is "cool" if its against the law you should not do it! For the people who do do it then they should get community service and if its 2nd offence then the punishment should increase.

Also when you say in the Bronx graffiti shows who you are and what you feel inside and you express yourselves I believe that self expression is important but you can do that through other things like music, art (on paper and where it is legal), dance and more. You can express yourselves in different ways.

Overall, I think graffiti is nice looking sometimes an is cool to see it is against the law and you should not do it unless somebody has told you to, like if you are painting a mural.

It's clear

Submitted by cross on Thu, 2012-10-25 18:54.

I enjoyed reading your response to this article about whether graffiti is art or a crime. It is very clear how you feel and why. Because of your connection with the "art" of graffiti, perhaps in the future you can contact you local politician to pass a law defining the art perspective of graffiti and make it legal.

I think graffitti is an art.

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Submitted by fahMEda_a on Sun, 2012-10-28 10:26.

I think graffitti is an art. People might consider it as a crime because they think people are ruining buildings/streets with graffitti on them. I think there shouldn't be graffitti on places that people don't like it. There should be rules on where graffitti is allowed and not allowed. I agree when you said, "It shows who we are and what we feel inside and we express ourselves." Graffitti is a style of art which people use to express themselves. Not only graffitti, but many people use other forms of art. 

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Submitted by david j on Sun, 2013-02-03 12:04.

I think it is a joke laughed about at all other countries at how stupid we are for even considering putting somone behind bars for even a night for blessing our country with the beautiful artform known as graffiti. It is obviously hated by cowards who dont have an artistic view on anything. Go to North Korea with that. I was happily imprisoned for two years of my life to excersise and grow in my artform. NowI make thousands a week on paintings I do. It was worth it. Felony schmelony. I have a finer wife than you will ever have and the best kids in the world. We have all seen the courts spouses. Hahaha.

Art

Submitted by The_Insparation on Wed, 2013-02-20 10:57.

Hello, anthonyf,
I believe Graffiti is a form of art. It shouldn't be considered a crime. Graffiti is art, not crime.

I think both...

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Submitted by 18haques on Thu, 2013-02-28 17:40.

Dear Anthony:
I am alerted with your article, "Graffiti: Art or Crime?," because it shows how different peoples’ opinions can change one life forever and discourage them in ever continuing their passion of art because of events that keep you from doing that.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "It makes art a disgrace because where I'm from the Bronx is a place where graffiti was brought up in style." I think this is understandable because i also like art, I paint. However, i do know that graffiti is a way of life expressing emotions and style.
Another sentence that I liked was: "We can look forward to seeing what they write next because graffiti is a big concern, yet we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved." This stood out for me because it shows on you thinking of others thoughts too and how you can compromise to fit everyones’ needs by improving.
I strongly agree with you that it should taken into consideration of what graffiti to take down and what to keep. One reason I say this is because many people of differnt ages will see and it is not good for them to be influenced badly. Another reason I agree with you is how people do things and get arrested. I think there should be punishment and consequences but not to an extreme level.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this made me think about what was really going on in the world and the different perspectives of people on art. I think graffiti is art, but not to extreme levels.

Dear anthonyf, I am concerned

Submitted by ortsha on Mon, 2013-03-18 11:46.

Dear anthonyf,
I am concerned by this post "Graffiti: Art or a Crime?" because I was once involved with a graffiti lover. My thought on it was why is it illegal and, I got that question answered fully. Property being destroyed is something no one would enjoy. So i thought of a more convenient way to deal with this issue. My idea was empty walls and letting graffiti artist enjoy their talent. Because YES to me its a talent mainly because anything that takes practice and pride is a talent. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved." I I think my idea will be a huge help to help not stop the vandalism , but to treat it as a talent made for only certain areas out of respect of property.One reason I say this is we can't cut the urge. But we can improve how and where its done. Giving an area and walls to put this art I think is the best way. Wrong and rights come from this. Vandalism is wrong mainly because its another persons property. But graffiti would be art if it was in a display where no one gets upset for destroying property.

Interesting !

Submitted by amagom on Fri, 2013-04-12 09:06.

Dear Anthony,

My attention was caught by your post “Graffiti: Art or a Crime?” because I think graffiti is not ugly, but it depends on what is being used for. I agree with many of the things you said, and I believe graffiti can be an art. It looks amazing, and I love all the colors. Some people use it express their feelings, but others don’t think the same way I do.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It shows who we are and what we feel inside and we express ourselves.” I think this is true because some people might express their feeling by doing this, but I also think that not everyone is the same. Some people might just use graffiti as a hobby or a way to distant themselves from others. I like graffiti because it is very creative.

Another sentence that I really liked is: “We can look forward to seeing what they write next because graffiti is a big concern, yet we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved.” I think this is a great sentence, but this is just your opinion. Hopefully, graffiti would not be stopped, but it will be awesome if people use it in a healthy way. Unfortunately, some people use graffiti for gangs. and that is why sometimes it is a crime.

I don’t completely agree with you that “art and gang-related graffiti and cops or police should know the difference and make judgements about the penalties on the people arrested.” because there should be an area where graffiti could be legal but if not then it’s the people’s fault because I understand they like it, but if it is not legal, the police can’t do nothing about it. The citizens are responsible for what they do.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you you write next, because I liked how you were able to talk about an author’s work and include your own experiences. You supported your statements and included details.

Heart Warming Post

Submitted by rivnio on Thu, 2013-05-23 10:01.

Dear Anthony:

Art is a technique that not many people have. Sometimes art can be misjudged by many people because it can be graffiti or regular art there is no difference. Art is art no matter type it is. Yes people nowadays are facing serious charges because graffiti is considered vandalism. It really depends on the type of graffiti that is being written on those walls. Yes some graffiti are written just to anger the cops, but others have a message behind them. Those with that message do not deserve the harshness of our law enforcements.

One sentence that caught my eye is “It makes art a disgrace because where I'm from the Bronx is a place where graffiti was brought up in style. It shows who we are and what we feel inside and we express ourselves.” This caught my eye because art is art no matter what form it is drawn in. Law enforcements today only want to arrest people to take pleasure in it. I do not truly believe in the facts that the cops really care about our safety. Around the area where I live people protest on the birthday of a young man who was killed by the cops. It was done harshly, and unfairly. I have seen graffiti done that shows beauty and expression, not the badness that many people make it out to be. I do wonder though how people write graffiti on the train tracks, since I see it everyday.

Another sentence that caught my eye is: “I know art and gang-related graffiti and cops or police should know the difference and make judgments about the penalties on the people arrested.” Everyone should know the difference between gang related graffiti, or graffiti that is done for the good of the people. To me art is beautiful no matter what form it can be in. A person can be ugly or beautiful, and they should not be judged. Everyone has their own perks, and also their bad sides. I may not be an artist, but I see the images my friends draw all the time. Those images express a sentiment. Graffiti is a way in art where people can express themselves.

I agree with you in the aspect that graffiti should not be punishable to law; it should depend on the type of graffiti done. I love art even though my ability as an artist is horrible. There is an image that everyone cannot see. I believe art should be shared with everybody. Graffiti can be done in to an image so beautiful the whole world should see it.

Thank you for your writing. There is always the type of argument on what type of art should be seen and others that shouldn't be. Art is judged harshly by people all over the world because they believe that it can teach children the wrong ideas. Those wrong ideas are usually put in their minds by their influences at home.

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Submitted by JHernandez on Tue, 2013-09-24 12:10.

i never did that well i did i would not lie i did like about 13 time and i never got catch bye a police but if i did now i know that i could go to jail and that when i was like 12 i never knew that in could go to jail

Graffiti

Submitted by AddisonT on Fri, 2013-10-11 08:20.

            Dear Anthonyf:

I thought your post was very interesting Anthony, I’m
responding on the post about whether graffiti is a crime or an art, because I
wanted to talk about it. I understand what you’re saying in it but I think that
it is a crime. I’ve seen someone do graffiti and I wanted to say something but
I was too scared. Thank you for writing. I look forward to your next post. 

 

The art of graffiti

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Submitted by 16islamr on Mon, 2013-10-14 15:51.

I strongly support the idea that visual artwork is a great form of expression. As an inhabitant of New York City, I have seen many different works of graffiti in different areas. Mostly, these works of graffiti are beautiful and very creative. However, despite the artistic style that it provides for the city, I believe that the act of displaying graffiti on someone else's property is an act of vandalism and therefore, a crime. However, the art of graffiti itself is not a crime. Some people display graffiti on their own property because of its uniqueness and effectiveness in conveying a message or an idea. I am a fan of visual artwork. I enjoy the way that art can be viewed as a universal language. For my personal project, I want to assemble a children's chapter book, complete with a plot and illustrations. I specifically want to produce illustrations for my book because I enjoy the visual creativity and expression associated with them. Illustrations within a book show how both writing and drawing can convey the same message in a story line. According to The Everything Cartooning Book , Brad J. Guigar explains, “From wartime propaganda to modern-day Japanese manga, cartoon art has proven to have extraordinary communication properties” (Guigar 1). Similar to cartoon art, graffiti art is an art form popular for its ability to communicate important messages relevant to the modern-day issues of society. Therefore, in all, graffiti is a valuable art form that should only be considered a crime when it is displayed on someone else’s property.
Bibliography
Guigar, Brad J. The Everything Cartooning Book: Create Unique and Inspired Cartoons for Fun and Profit. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2005. N. pag. Print.

Graffiti is art and will

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2013-10-25 13:03.

Graffiti is art and will always be art in any situation. It's sad there are laws on it, but that doesn't make it any less than it is. And some ask why we don't just buy our own property and ruin that building instead of others. It's not out of jealousy, not at all. First of all, not everyone even has that money. Second, graffiti isn't just some spray paint on the wall. It's a message. Some think that graffiti artists are narrow minded and stupid, but that's completely the opposite. Graffiti artists are so open minded and they send a message through their art. Graffiti will always be apart of city life and won't go. Even if they get more strict about the law. That's just how it is.

My POV

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Submitted by 18wongj on Thu, 2013-11-14 11:38.

Although you may like to do graffiti and other things like that and it MAY be modern art to you and others you have to consider the person who actually owns the building where you did graffiti. When you do graffiti although you may like it and call it modern art the owner may not like it. To make a point I will go in deeper. You go into your house and apartment and find out that your younger brother changed up your room and put all this graffiti all over it. Would you like it? Okay? I am not saying that graffiti is not modern art, rather than that i am saying that you should look form the other person's point of view too.

Dear Anthony, I am happy

Submitted by Courtney on Fri, 2013-11-15 08:52.

Dear Anthony,

I am happy about your blog post “Graffiti: Art or
Crime because I like how the author shows different points of views in his
book. So I feel like he sees both sides of the story. One paragraph that you wrote
that stands out for me is, “Another point Akbar
and Valery makes in his news article is that he uses people quotes on what they
reflect on the idea of graffiti is either art or crime. This is creative
because any author could go on and talk forever about his opinion on this
matter, but to get different people sayings and the way they express themselves
and have both people who are against graffiti and people who support it? It’s
brilliant.”I think that’s a good idea for the author to do, so that he can have
other people opinions as well as his own. Another sentence that I agreed with
was “This is significant because the truth is I think the people who are in a
gang and just be vandalizing people's property just to get fame for their hood
or their gang should be the ones who get arrested” this stood out to me because
I agree the ones that are doing it for the wrong reason should be the only ones
punished. Your blog post reminds me of something that happened to me and other
students at my old school. We came to school an some students over the weekend
had wrote on the walls of the school, and everybody was talking about them
getting in trouble. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading what you
write next because you have interesting topics. I would like to see what other
ideas and opinions you have about certain matters.

 

Graffiti

Submitted by JacobK on Fri, 2013-11-15 12:06.

Dear Anthony,
I hadn't thought much about whether graffiti was an art or a crime but, I will agree that some graffiti is art and some is crime. One sentence you wrote that I enjoyed thoroughly was “Some 85 per cent of graffiti is just tags, and another 10 per cent is gang communication, according to US sociologists who survey this kind of thing. And who, anyway, says Bob, is going to police "what is art and what is ugly"? This is significant because the truth is I think the people who are in a gang and just be vandalizing people's property just to get fame for their hood or their gang should be the ones who get arrested" and i agree with what you said because a lot of the graffiti is for gangs and they should be arrested instead of harmless civilians.

Awesome Post

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Submitted by thompsona45 on Fri, 2014-02-28 16:10.

Dear Anthony:

I am enthusiastic about your post, "Graffiti: Art or a Crime?" because I have been waiting for a person to bring this up. Everyone has their own side and opinion on this subject, so it’s good to talk about both sides.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "Others say they need more justice and that they should not do jail time for writing on walls or expressing themselves." I think this is interesting because it’s a surprise for someone to actually understand that graffiti can also be art. Art comes in different sizes and shapes. There are different ways to express a person’s artistic talents, and graffiti is one way.

Another sentence that I contemplated about was: "This might make one wonder why graffiti is very high in charges and is very punishable, with people facing up to years in jail. It makes art a disgrace..." This stood out for me because how could people really call graffiti a disgrace? Art comes in plenty of forms that can stand out beautifully.

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time a guy that was very popular in my neighborhood passed away. To honor his death these guys decided to graffiti his face and body across his building. It was beautiful and it had a great meaning.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you seem to write a lot of posts that mostly have to do with arguments. That is good because I love reading things that allow me to be both sides.

I liked your post

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2014-03-19 09:55.


Dear Anthonyf:

I am impressed and relieved with your post because it showed some of the same ideas I have about graffiti. I liked your post because it showed me the two sides of art that I never thought of before. This is because now I see that not all graffiti is gang related. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "I know art and gang-related graffiti and cops or police should know the difference and make judgements about the penalties on the people arrested." I think this is very meaningful and relevant to the topic. This is because it shows me that you not only believe that sometimes is wrong to do graffiti, but that sometimes cops need to recognize this too. Because gang related graffiti is just trash, I can see why you say cops should punish this. Understanding that graffiti is a form of art is a big thing, but not many recognize the cops do not do their job right.

Another sentence that I loved was: "It makes art a disgrace because where I'm from the Bronx is a place where graffiti was brought up in style." This stood out for me because it tells the reader a lot about your personality. It also shows your pride, and the feeling graffiti brings to you. This sentence tells the reader why you are so passionate about graffiti and what it represents to you.

Your post reminds me of something that happened before. The story is about a Cuban girl that loved her country but was forbidden to. This was because of all the things going on in Cuba at the time. Not only this, but the girl ran away from Cuba and risked her life. She gave an explanation of why she loved something that almost killed her, and her answer was the same as yours- pride.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I find your ideas to be amazing. You take the best of both worlds and put them together and a piece of work that is well done. The way you explain the topic convinced me that you knew about the topic. Not only that, but you connected the work with your own life. This really made me feel like you knew how serious the topic was.


 

Reprehensible consequences for street art

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Submitted by gomezjx398 on Wed, 2014-03-19 10:01.

Dear Anthony :
I feel the same about your post, "Graffiti: Art or a Crime," because Graffiti has many meaning to it, whether its expressing oneself or gang-communication. For some, Graffiti may be considered a crime because of vandalizing or because it makes streets look ugly. Others consider graffiti being an art because it helps some express they way they feel through the use of graffiti.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "Crimes that are not too extreme compared to others such as murders or terrorist attacks, should not get jail sentences that faces a man for years for writing on the walls" I think this is reprehensible because graffiti is not something that jeopardizes someone else’s life or harms anyone. The are are other murderers who kill and still get away with it, and they are the ones people should worry about.
Another sentence that I agreed with was: “It makes art a disgrace because where I'm from the Bronx is a place where graffiti was brought up in style." This stood out for me because I also enjoy any forms of art especially art with bright colors.I do not do graffiti but I enjoy painting. However, I agree that graffiti is a way of life that expresses emotions and style.
Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was amazed when I witnessed a guy doing graffiti on the wall and I enjoyed the ways of which he combined colors to make his art. I was going to the park when I saw a guy using green cans to make a an unknown figure I then found out that he was painting a portrait of Hulk which was pretty extraordinary.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I enjoy reading your perspective about different topics. I am able to understand and agree with your posts which make me more interested in reading them.

Dear Anthony : I am

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Submitted by natasha.ruiz9 on Thu, 2014-03-20 09:00.

Dear Anthony :
I am interested with your post, "Graffiti: Art or a Crime?" because graffiti I believe is a nice way to write your thoughts or tell as story with one word that completes it all. I like to draw graffiti myself and i believe it not a crime at all. It a way of me explaining my feelings or having a meaning for the story.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "When we consider the issue of graffiti, is it art or crime? Some might wonder if people should have to serve hard jail time for something so innocent and not even to be considered a felony." I think this is interesting because people who do innocent stuff can be known as a felony. It depends on people’s point of view of things is.

Another sentence that I saw was,"Some 85 per cent of graffiti is just tags, and another 10 per cent is gang communication, according to US sociologists who survey this kind of thing." This stood out for me because i believe some graffiti is a way of communication with gangs. I believe graffiti can sometimes be the causes of the problems between gangs. It also has another way of making peace with the world, society, and being creative with it.

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i was walking with my parents. I saw this nice graffiti on the wall. It said “ Never kill for the fun, but kill for a reason.” I thought it was symbolic because people should not kill just for fun or wither way for a reason. Killing should not be the case here at all, but for that person it was probably very symbolic.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it compared to the world. I was interested in the whole fact or Graffiti being a crime or not.

Opinion

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Submitted by andrewjackson775 on Thu, 2014-03-20 12:01.

Dear Anthony :
I am enlightened with your post, "Graffiti: Art or a Crime?," because all throughout the Bronx(where I live), there are tons of graffiti around it. Some people see it as art, while others as a crime.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "crimes that are not too extreme compared to others such as murders or terrorist attacks, should not get jail sentences that faces a man for years for writing on the walls.” I think this is true because a man should not go to jail just for writing on the wall. Community service is a reasonable sentence, and if gives them a chance to express their selves in cleaning up the Bronx.
Another sentence that I found correct was: "I used to do graffiti myself until I got caught doing it and had probation for 6 months and community service. They were going to give me jail time, but I refused it and fought. I got probation and community service instead. Graffiti is art and a way you can express yourself to no limits." This stood out for me because this means you have a very good point of view on the topic because you use to do graffiti yourself. I also see that you show your opinion on this topic and think that it is an art form rather than illegal.
Your post reminds me of something me friend. One time my friend went to jail for doing graffiti. Just like you, he fought the charge and got released on a warning. Just like you, he feels that it is an expression of self rather than conducting a crime.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you do a good job of showing your own opinion on topics while also showing other peoples opinions. I hope to see what other articles you have in store and hope you can bring this same type of questions and other perspective in other pieces of writing.

Dear Anthony : I am

Submitted by francheska.pena3 on Fri, 2014-03-21 08:55.

Dear Anthony :

I am interested by post "Graffiti: Art or a Crime?" because I enjoy art very much and i don't quite understand why doing graffiti is a crime is its just showing an expression that many can relate.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "Graffiti is art and a way you can express yourself to no limits." I think this is very true because a artist like myself think that is true. Art is an expression of one self of what you think or feel. Its a way to show others what they can't see from your point of view.

Another sentence that I thought was interesting was "graffiti is and maybe just sit back and think whether or not it should be legal and graffiti could actually be something beautiful, instead of looking at it and frowning down upon it or thinking it's a disgrace." This stood out for me because graffiti is art and art is an expression, so why should an expression be a crime. It should be something that you and everyone can enjoy seeing it instead of making it illegal.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I enjoy art very much and art should let be seen. I would want to see more of your opinion.

Street Art is Art nonetheless

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Submitted by randya3011 on Fri, 2014-03-21 10:22.

Dear Anthony:
I am intrigued with your post "Graffiti: Art or a Crime," because although you make a valid point there are still some areas in which some people might disagree with you because you listed more negatives than positives. Also I like how you gave your opinion on the subject and showed why it should not be treated as a crime. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: " We can look forward to seeing what they write next because graffiti is a big concern, yet we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved." I think this is or will be difficult to achieve, but not impossible because of gangs marking “their” territory some might see you tagging on the wall and confuse you for a possible gang member. This can be potentially dangerous because if a member of a gang sees you tagging in “their” territory it can result in a violent interaction between you and that gang member, but in some cases a gang member wont probably think before acting and just shoot you and leave you laying lifeless on the street over a small misunderstanding. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you always seem to write about topics relevant to our times. Also your posts intrigue me enough to want to make me discuss it with my colleagues.

Graffiti: Art or a Crime?

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Submitted by belindaandoh on Sat, 2014-03-22 09:17.

Dear Anthony:

I am interested by your post, "Graffiti: Art or a Crime?” because I have always wondered why graffiti is always considered to be illegal or a crime. I believe that is art and it is no different than any other art that have been displayed in a museum. The fact that graffiti is created in the streets doesn't make it less meaningful than other artwork painted by other famous artists. I believe that graffiti is art and its express people's emotions and moods,it should be illegal.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "It shows who we are and what we feel inside and we express ourselves. I used to do graffiti myself until I got caught doing it and had probation for 6 months and community service." I think this is fascinating because not only does it show why graffiti shouldn't be illegal,it also show that graffiti is done to show feelings and expressions. Graffiti is part of other people's tradition because they probably grew up in a neighborhood where graffiti was more than just paint on a wall, it meant more to them because that is who they are.
Another sentence that I found to be very interesting was: "Graffiti is art and a way you can express yourself to no limits." This stood out for me because it shows that graffiti is another way that others get to express their true feeling and there should be no stop on people trying to express their feeling. Graffiti can't be illegal just because it is done in a public place.
I don't actually agree with you that Some 85 per cent of graffiti is just tags, and another 10 per cent is gang communication, according to US sociologists who survey this kind of thing. One reason I say this is because I feel like graffiti is more important than just a tag and gangs communications. Another reason I disagree with you is because sometimes even though looks wrong or offensive they represent something or there is a meaning and a story behind it, so just because graffiti might seem offensive and disgusting to others doesn't make it irrelevant.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really enjoyed this post and it really caught my attention. I think your point was clear and its showed that you value graffiti and to you its more than just art,it who tour are and I find that to be very strong of you to share your opinion even though other might disagree with you.

Dear Anthony After reading

Submitted by spadilla on Sat, 2014-03-22 16:49.

Dear Anthony
After reading your article I started thinking what is Graffiti, is it “ Art or a Crime” Then I think it is both. For ‘Art” people graffiti because they want to express their emotion and show their talents. However it could also be a “Crime” why? because people graffiti to any building they felt like they own it, although it is not their property and which is worst because it contain a dirty words or a gang codes. But you really did a great job elaborating your research.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what your next post!!!

Dear Anthony: I am glad with

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Submitted by kelvingonzalez809 on Thu, 2014-04-24 11:55.

Dear Anthony:
I am glad with your post, "Graffiti: Art or Crime," because people like to show their talent to the society but they can’t because Graffiti is a crime. They should have the freedom to express their art.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "I do think other crimes are worse than just writing on private property" I think this is true because graffiti does not hurt anybody physically or emotionally. It would be more fair if they were told to erase their graffiti instead of going to prison.
Another sentence that I like was: "Why not appreciate it more, and try to admire it" I like this sentence because people should not hate the talent of others. There is nothing wrong on drawing and trying to be the person you want to be.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it might interest artists who want to express their art but can’t. This might also be interesting for people that are against graffiti.

Cool Post

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Submitted by roberto.vazquez101 on Fri, 2014-04-25 12:20.

Dear Anthony :
I am interesting by your post, "Graffiti: Art or a Crime?," because when I see a beautiful graffiti, I think to myself; is it a crime to draw something beautiful like that. Should the artist go to jail or be recognized of his or her work of art?

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "This might make one wonder why graffiti is very high in charges and is very punishable, with people facing up to years in jail." I think this is insane because just for a great piece of art, one is arrested for so many years.

Another sentence that I saw was: "We can look forward to seeing what they write next because graffiti is a big concern, yet we need to to face facts: graffiti will never stop, but it can always be improved." This stood out for me because it is true graffiti is a way of expression. A way of expression that will continue on for a very long time. Graffiti can be improved. It become from something negative to something positive.

I do completely agree with you that graffiti can be improved. One reason I say this is because graffiti is just an art that can turn into a positive piece of art. Another reason I agree is because the government should allow some areas to let people express themselves in the form of graffiti and to not arrest those who makes a beautiful pieces of art at all.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because graffiti is a very serious case where people should be speaking about because this art can come to the peoples right of freedom of speech. Graffiti is very important to talk about because it can also lead to one's culture.

As an Artist...

Submitted by Painter on Sat, 2015-01-03 15:44.

As an artist, I truly believe in expressing yourself no matter what it is.  But please respect others and use your own canvas.  Become an artist that is looked and critqued upon with repect rather than hate and disrespect.  Besides, if you use your own, no one else can break it down or cover it up.  Its yours to show.

Graffiti

Submitted by n_daw15 on Thu, 2015-02-19 16:29.

I really enjoyed this article because I've always thought of graffiti of being a crime because most people that do it get in trouble for it. When I think of graffiti the first thing that pops into my head are gangs, thats why i associate it being a crime. Although graffiti is a form of art people have different perspectives on it. I agree with you on that people should be able to express themselves through their art, but they shouldn't vandalize private property, or locations just because they want to express themselves, if they do they should be fined. This was a great article, and I enjoyed reading it.

Graffiti

Submitted by saltymike on Wed, 2015-02-25 21:29.

Thank you Anthonyf for bringing up this topic. My opinion is that when graffiti is truly art and not just territory boundaries, then it can be art. When gangs trash homes and private buildings to mark their territory, then obviously it isn't art but vandalism and criminal. Also, it's not pleasing to the eye, one of the major arguments of anti-graffiti people. Yet then there are people like the artist Banksy that promote discourse on political and social issues. It obviously isn't as cut and dry as that and there is an obvious gray area when it comes to graffiti, but I truly believe that when graffiti is done to malice and harm a certain people that it isn't art at that point; but when buildings are an actual medium of art, then more leniency needs to be considered.

Just finished

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2016-01-12 12:42.

This is a great article I really loved all the details I love to draw myself... But the reason I actually read this was because I'm actually doing an essay on this topic can graffiti ever be considered art? And I really needed some facts so this really helped me out.

I love this post.I think that

Submitted by sc98 on Mon, 2016-03-07 08:05.

I love this post.I think that graffiti although a type of vandalism is also art as well. Yes, it's sometimes put up in a bad and ugly way but there are also graffiti that is put up with meaning and beauty.