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Old 08-07-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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Graffiti. We've all seen it. Whether it be on the side of a building, a train, or maybe the overpass above the highway. Perhaps even on your own garage door.

We all have different opinions about it, though.

What do you think?

Do you consider graffiti as senseless vandalisn, or is it something more?


(Gang graffiti dosen't count)
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Dorchester
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95% is urban blight.
The 5% done by talented, misguided youth can be attractive if it is done in the right place.
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Old 08-07-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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If it's painted on a canvas, then it's art.

If it's defacing somebody else's building or public property, then it's vandalism. I just refuse to succumb to rationalization on this subject. If you want to paint something, do it in a way that doesn't damage somebody else's property.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:02 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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I think graffiti of the non-gang type you're talking about would be very artistic if, as cpg says, it is done on a canvas or gessoed board but not on someone else's wall.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I guess I agree with TomDot.
Banksy is in a category all by himself.



Most graffiti "artists" cannot compare, although one of my favorite Denver artists, who is now a sculptor, began somewhat like Banksy, (but she was much less flamboyant).
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Art when it's done well or making a political statement. If it's just some crap on concrete, then it's graffiti.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:51 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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The first 2 pieces you put up were decent, the last is stupid.

Run-down buildings can always benefit from graff
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Vandalism. We can't pick and chose which graffiti is acceptable and which isn't... because then all the interpretations of what is/isn't art come into play. Therefore, I take the stance it is all vandalism (unless solicited). The perpetrator should have to clean the wall themselves/pay to have it cleaned, and pay punitive damages.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Stanwood, Washington
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Graffiti is art in the wrong place.
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Los angeles
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Los Angeles king of Graffiti
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