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Graffiti-Vandalism or Art?

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Krista Smith

on 22 January 2013

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Transcript of Graffiti-Vandalism or Art?

Where does it occur? While mainly common in urban settings,
street art can occur anywhere. It's also seen
in Europe also. How is graffiti art? While vandalism is purposely destroying
property with something illegal, street art
shows self expression and sometimes
motivates people.
Street art can be pleasing to the eye and
are there to show meaning, not just running
around with a thick marker writing a name
or a gang sign. Is it always illegal? Graffiti: Vandalism or Art? by Krista Smith and Evelisha Martinez Art Vandalism Vandalism is an action involving destruction of or damage to public or private property.
Vandalism is just letters that are hard to read which are supposed to spell out someone's name or moniker.
With vandalism there is no attempt at expression and there is very little, if any, sense of craft.
Street art does depict letters too, but with street are you will find shape, color and craft that goes beyond writing. When simple writing is present in street art, it accompanies an image. So its not considered graffiti. Graffiti vandalism costs a lot of money to remove.
There are many environmental and physical harms to consider.
Graffiti vandalism and it's removal involve chemicals that can be harmful to the environment.
In 2003 the city of Los Angeles spent $55 million on graffiti removal .
Removal of graffiti within 24 to 48 hours, is the key to successful graffiti prevention Most studies show the majority of taggers are males between 12 and 21 years old. Approximately 15 percent of graffiti vandals are young females.
There are four motivating factors for graffiti vandalism: fame, rebellion, self-expression, and power. 10 ways to prevent graffiti Get educated. Learn about graffiti, how it impacts your community, and who is responsible for graffiti prevention and cleanup in your area.
Report graffiti to the appropriate authorities.
Organize a paint-out. Gather supplies and community volunteers to remove graffiti in your neighborhood.
Plan a paintbrush mural to cover a wall plagued with graffiti.
Coordinate a graffiti awareness campaign at your school or in the community. Make a presentation on graffiti prevention to your school, class, or neighborhood group.
Adopt a wall in your school or community and make sure it stays clean and free of graffiti.
Plant trees or other greenery near a graffiti-plagued wall.
Ask your community to install lighting in areas that are dark and often hit with graffiti.
Contact a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate (www.kab.org) and volunteer to help keep your community clean. Street art is also usually planned, not just a
spontaneous activity. It's sketched, thought
about, and revised. Street artists aren't usually
just trying to say "I was here", they're trying
to portray something more important. Street art isn't always illegal! Some companies such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and M&M's have hired graffiti artists to do their work. Some artists are being hired to try "reverse graffiti". This means instead of using spray paint or markers, they use hoses to clear off dirty surfaces and leave art behind. While most graffiti artists don't ask the owner of a wall or building permission to paint, some do. Given the permission to do so makes it legal. Some countries and areas have even gone as far to
promote street art. In Argentina for example, places have "street art tours" where they will take you around Buenos Aires to see the beautiful art that has been done. Are people always supportive of street art around them? Unless the art is vulgar or promotes racism or violence, most people in those areas aren't too concerned. Not everyone enjoys the tags as much but if it's true art that is nice to look at, many will promote it. Examples of Street Art Vandalism Photos
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