Some are pleasing to see, while many are appropriated as vandalism.

Graffiti. Sometimes art, sometimes not. blank wall, city streets, cool graffiti, colorful art in form of graffiti, vandalism, dirty wall

A modern city, with clear cut architecture, black and white picturesque, is lacking color. Art is a wonderful output of humans, yet less space is allotted to it.

You cannot hang a painting on the streets – it’ll get stolen in a heartbeat. People can’t perform on the wall as if in a theater – it’ll increase the crowd. So in what form can art be in the city? Graffiti is a debate.

Is Art.

Colorful street Graffiti, art, street art, vandalism, cartoon faces, cool wall, woman in yellow shirt

Photo from Fabrizio Morroia’s flickr

Have you seen a wall? It’s as boring as it gets. It’s a blank vertical, too simple to insinuate anything other than set a boundary. It’s like a canvas; the purpose is served in the event of art creation. Graffiti makes a wall interesting, deserving a longer glance. Even appreciation.

dirty and messy graffiti on streets and hallway, graffiti vandalism, lettering, writing on a wall street, cool rat on the wall, signature publicly

Photo from Nagarjun Kandukuru’s flickr

Is Not.

See the Graffiti above? Our perceptions may differ; but for me, this looks dirty. There is even more intense drawing than that, which I chose not to coalesce in this post to maintain decency. Kyla Brooke asked if Graffiti is really an art, or vandalism. I think it is vandalism when people mess up with a wall that is not their property. Yet, if it is your property and you put up a design that’s funky and overwhelming, would we accept it as a “design”?

Art, vandalism, design, where would you put Graffiti in?