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  1. Introduction
  2. The many forms of graffiti that exist
  3. Fitting the criteria of a form of art
  4. Displaying feelings such as hate, happiness and joy
  5. The beginner artists
  6. The problem with graffiti being exhibited in galleries
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

A young boy is standing in a dark, subway tunnel with a can of spray paint in his hand. His intentions are clear. Instead of being traditional and painting at home, he is using the world as his canvas. Vandal or not, he is still an artist. Even though he may just paint his name on the wall, it is still art to some degree.
Graffiti has been classified as a form of vandalism and not as an art for several decades. Rebellion against authority and public exposure of their works are reasons why teenagers and adolescents are attracted to the art, from gawking at it to taking up the art themselves. However, the reputation given to this ?street art? has never been a positive one. When graffiti does not deface public property, could it not be just as fine as any other art? Graffiti artists use all the elements of art that painting, sculpture, and other art mediums do and the different styles and techniques associated with graffiti would easily classify it as a form of art.

[...] Just as the elements of art line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space - are taken into consideration in a drawing or painting, they are equally important in graffiti art. Line, shape, and form are the most important elements when dealing with letters, which has almost an infinite amount of possibilities. As new styles and fads began to emerge, artists began to experiment with colors and blending them to create value, texture, and space . Feelings such as their hate of the government, or happiness and joy for getting a new job are all displayed together with the colorful swirls thrown on the wall. [...]


[...] As an adolescent grows, he is bound to make new friends, and seeing how much graffiti is out there, one would easily see that there is room for them to meet others, with the opportunity of eventually joining a crew, or group of artists. Graffiti artist explains knew them as artists before [we visited them at their own corners and] got to know them as explaining how they are revered not only as artists, but as people too. (Lachmann 241). [...]


[...] Muralists and graffiti exhibits are brought up to show its relevance in the art world. The issue is looked at deeper through a sociological point of view, such as who is doing graffiti and for what reasons. Stowers, George C. ?Graffiti Art: An Essay Concerning The Recognition of Some Forms of Graffiti As Art.? 1997. University of Miami November 2007. This essay written by a college student explains certain historical aspects of graffiti and reasons why it should be considered as a form of art. [...]

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