It’s More Than Writing On The Wall
In practically any city around the world, you will see Graffiti Art on a wall, sign, or bus. Technically considered a criminal offense, there is more meaning to Graffiti Art than vandalism. Since the emergence of Hip Hop culture, Street Art became a widespread phenomenon throughout urban areas in America, and never really went away. Beneath the words, or pictures, is an underground culture of artists who, for varying reasons, use the city as a canvas.
There is a loosely knit system to Graffiti culture with rules such as, not tagging over somebody’s art work. There is also a sort of ranking hierarchy, based upon how many places, and how unique, and visible the places an artist paints. At the same time, an underground culture of artists use Street Art as a means for conveying messages. Take for example, world renown Graffiti Artist Banksy, who through many distinct, high quality paintings, has become almost as much of a political figure as an artist.
Banksy even held an indoor art show with paintings he made; including a live, painted “elephant in the room,” all while remaining anonymous. Through these remarkable creations around the world, Banksy is one of the few mainstream recognized Graffiti Artists. However, there are many others with similar ideas, along with those who paint on walls for entirely different reasons. Undoubtedly, the world of Street Art runs deeper than most people might think when they walk by a painted up alleyway on their commute to work.
So whether you consider Graffiti a crime, or find it impressive, there is surely a lot more to Graffiti than children writing obscenities on their desks at school. While we sleep, artists are in the streets conveying their messages about the world, getting their names out there and simply, creating art.