Exploratory Essay: My Secret Life As A Graffiti Artist

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In my English Composition class, I was told that we were to write an ‘exploratory essay’. At first thought, I strongly believed that my professor was trying to say ‘expository’, but he meant what he said. My first time hearing of such a form of writing, I accepted the challenge. After seeing the topics: abortion, capital punishment and legalization of marijuana on the ‘MAY NOT USE’ list, I thought long and hard on a topic of interest. Then Eureka! I had an epiphany… okay maybe not an epiphany, but after watching a YouTube video, I knew what I would write about.
My best friend is a dancer and has a group called Real Dreams Entertainment. They started in high school and now put up videos on YouTube. The music and dancing is very upbeat, urban,
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I found an article on The Guardian called “My secret life as a graffiti artist” by a former graffiti artist named Glynn Judd (also known as NOIR). He said that he lived two lives, where he had a “respectable job” as a property investor in the day, and created graffiti at night. He was interested in graffiti since he was a little boy and felt that it was okay to paint on trains because the paint could be easily removed with water. (Judd2013). He makes a good point because these trains are available to the public and once they get to their destination, they are cleaned and sent back. He already has a legal job where he gets paid, so it is not like he has nothing to do to do with his life. He seems as though he is just someone who likes to paint for fun because he grew up doing so, but I wouldn’t say he’s a criminal. The risks seem to outweigh the joy he gets from painting. He isn’t writing offensive things, but he also is just writing his name NOIR all over the trains. In his case, he should find a ‘graffiti safe area’ where he can paint as much as he wishes without breaking the …show more content…
I interviewed 20 students at Miami Dade College, 10 male and 10 female at random. The broad question that I asked was, “Do you think graffiti is art or vandalism?” 60% of people believed that graffiti was art. I noticed that there were a higher percentage of Blacks and Hispanics that believed that graffiti wasn’t vandalism than the other races. This supports the finding that graffiti is found more in urban communities. Another thing I found interesting was that 100% of non-millennials believed that graffiti was vandalism. This might be that the new generation is more accepting to graffiti than the previous

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