lunes, 18 de mayo de 2009
Graffiti has existed since ancient times. In modern times, spray paint and markers have become the most commonly used materials. In most countries, spoiling property with graffiti is considered vandalism, which is punished by law. Sometimes graffiti is used to communicate social and political messages. For some people, it is an art form to display in galleries and exhibitions; to others it is just vandalism. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly evolving art form.
Nowadays Graffiti is a word that we always hear of, we could say that Graffiti is becoming a popular word. We can find people that consider themselves Graffitists and they don’t even know the origin of Graffiti, giving an empty significance to it. People call Graffiti whatever thing they find on the streets painted with spray, or esthetic image. Some of them can be considered Graffiti, with a meaning behind; others are only paintings or murals. Graffiti have a meaning, an evolution and a technique?
In the Graffiti world we find a new language adapted to it. For example, Boming is when a writer paints his/her name all around the city, Crew are the Graffitists that work in group, Going Over is the name given to Graffiti drawn on top of another Graffiti, Piece is the work of the Graffitists, Racking is when someone steals the sprays of another graffitist, Toy is a new Graffitist; the one that doesn’t have experience…
Other people have another point of view, they think Graffiti are not a street art or a way to transmit your inspiration or ideas, they say it’s just a way of vandalism, making the streets look dirty. What if a person makes Graffiti beside your house, or on the shop you own, or beside the school your children go to? It could be something negative for you and the people around you?
So, what we can say about Graffiti? Are they really art, or just a way to get our city dirty? On one side or the other, for sure we will never come to a specific conclusion; people have different ideas about it. What we can say for sure is that Graffiti will continue expanding.