Grafitti Essay

613 Words Nov 26th, 2013 3 Pages
Myranda Bregel
Sociology 100
Dr. Loyd Ganey
July 21st 2013 Graffiti, a deviant behavior? When someone walks down an alley way, under a bridge, or by a railway car what are they most likely to see? Graffiti. Graffiti is the deviant act of vandalism; it appears in many places, and in many forms. The artists that create these sometimes beautiful masterpieces are often overlooked, but their murals live on to be seen and added on to day after day. Most people feel that graffiti on any type of property is vandalism. If someone marks up an object it is distasteful and deviant, but sometimes it can be a work of art that gets overlooked. Janice Rahn, author of Painting without Permission also thought this, until she was given a project
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What interested me the most was finding that the artists just go to a spot and free draw, they do not have a vision in mind before they start. I think this is what makes graffiti so interesting. It is also what makes it deviant. People risk their freedom to show the world what they can do. Graffiti can be seen by everyone, and most people feel that it is a deviant act. This is a hard act for people to see being created though, as most graffiti artists like to work at night when no one is around. Some things that the government does to defer this act; are having people use their community service hours to scrub the walls clean of graffiti that they see. It is hard to say how people react to this type of deviant behavior because, everyone has different opinions on if it is art or if it is vandalism. Sometimes this artwork is vandalism, like when it is used by gangs to mark their territory, or when it is used to make derogatory statements. Graffiti can be a work of art and it can be used to defile public property.

Works Cited
Rahn, Janice. Painting without Permission: Hip-Hop Graffiti Subculture. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey, 2002. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 21 July 2013.
Paul 107. All City: The Book About Taking Up Space. Toronto, Ontario: ECW Press, 2002. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 21 July

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