Breaking News! Society Cracks Down on Self Expression Once Again!

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“I guess graffiti is ugly. It looks sloppy and just kinda ruins things.”

Ahh the sweet smell of fresh spray paint. To some, a breath of freedom, to others, the reek of delinquents. Graffiti marks up the undersides of bridges, colors the train cars whizzing by, and is proof that we, as a race of misfits and losers, exist.

Every time someone tags a wall or an old building, it’s them reminding the world that they are a living, feeling, human. Whether you see it as art or vandalism is on you. But whatever it is, it can’t be ignored. Artists, too shy to put their work anywhere else other than a dumpster, deserve validation. You don’t think that graffiti artists use spray paint just to make a bad smell or because they like the medium, do you? They use it because it’s permanent. We live in a world to temporary and inconsistent, so can we really blame them for trying to make something that will be around for a while?

Think about the actual reasons why someone would choose to vandalize a wall. They might need a way to express themselves, and being masters of the spray can, wish to make some rad street art. If they don’t get caught, then they don’t get in trouble. Maybe it’s the thrill of the chase that attracts them to it, the fear of getting caught. Maybe they are too cool to walk into an art gallery with a folder of their art and say, “Excuse me, but I made these and they are spectacular. Some day, I will be famous. I might even be the next Banksy. So pardon me for interrupting, but it would be in your best interest to purchase these fine works of art, because someday they’ll be worth millions.”

SO next time you see some spray paint on a wall, stop and look at it. Someone made that and is proud of it. And no one ever does anything with out a purpose, so find the method to the madness and you find the message. Besides, just because it doesn’t conform to your box of what’s acceptable and what is art, Mr. Sam Society, doesn’t mean it isn’t absolutely prime.

Don’t forget the glitter- iamtheseventies.

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2 responses »

  1. “no one ever does anything without a purpose” – great way to look at street art. Thanks for the fresh, positive perspective on what most of us deem as vandalism.

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