Essay on Graffiti Is Not Be Socially Acceptable, But Is It?

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A message for everyone to see. A message that would normally not be socially acceptable, but is it vandalism? Graffiti stands out from other forms of artwork, not only in it’s style, but also in it’s public message as well as it’s agenda. Street art breaks the rules. It broadcasts information that people would be afraid to say or would possibly make someone uncomfortable. But is this a good thing? Is it now tolerated? Graffiti has existed dating back to ancient times of 18,000 B.C. However, todays modern street art began to surface around the late 1960s and the early 1970s. And now a growing number of individuals would consider Graffiti to be like any other form of art, whether it was legally or illegally put on the walls around us.10 This essay will discuss the history of graffiti, different types of street art, some of the messages the artists are plastering on these “billboards” and whether or not graffiti is vandalism.
When you think of graffiti art, quickly its assumed that there is someone spraying paint onto a city wall, street art or “graffiti” has been around for thousands of years. Records show that some of the first evidence of wall art was seen around 18,000 B.C. and were found in the French Lascaux Caves10 These large wall murals were ways that people of the time would record their lives. Often times, they consisted of large animals, human figures and signs.1 The Hall of the Bulls comes to mind as a great representation of ancient wall art (Figure 1). This…

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