In 1960s, graffiti became a form of art and a hobby to some artists. This form of artwork originated in Philadelphia and later migrated to other cities. During that time, it was seen as disrespectful and illegal act by the society, but those behind the graffiti movement saw it as a creative way of expression in an oppressive society. Graffiti art was an invention for people to express their political, social views and feelings (Burners). This research paper investigates the effect of graffiti to both the society and individual artist.
It has found its way into art galleries and because of the community of artists who challenge and motivate each other, graffiti should be considered art and as a way to express oneself. Though many people still view graffiti as just a type of vandalism, I would say graffiti artists and the work they do is without a doubt a respectable type of art. Graffiti is important
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Criminalizing graffiti and oppressing people’s voices, will lead to more resistance against authority which just leads to a cycle that will never end. In the article, “The Reciprocal City: Performing Solidarity-Mediating Space Through Street Art and Graffiti”, Christensen and Thor argue that, “For artists, graffiti is a way to challenge that hegemony over corporate control of space as well as right of capital to dictate how spaces are shaped and adorned” (587). In this quote,
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