Graffiti are cross-cultural phenomena common to every literate society. Within the variable contexts of their production, graffiti personalize de-personalized space, construct landscapes of identity, make public space into private space, and act as promoters of ethnic unity as well as diversity. Graffiti can be understood as concrete manifestations of personal and communal ideologies which are visually striking, insistent, and provokative; as such, they are worthy of the continued attention of art historians, social scientists, and policy makers alike.
I love checking out graffiti in cities- no not tagging but, actual pieces. They're art and they often transform a regular old cement building into a piece of art and something of visual interest. I often find myself wondering along walls covered with graffiti and grateful for these outdoor, open, public art galleries. I wish people wouldn't prejudice against these artists and ruin their work by painting over it which often makes it look worse. These artists make the most of what they have in front … more