I recently stumbled upon some clever graffiti images and thought I would share them here. Some enthusiasts argue this is not graffiti at all, but street art. Differentiating graffiti from street art is like differentiating crack from cocaine: Same basic ingredients, different audience.
Rich people snort coke, poor people smoke crack. You get my point. How this niche of vandalism is perceived boils down to whether the artist is wearing a beret or a bandana.
An oft quoted street art authority says “Street artists do not aspire to change the definition of an artwork, but rather to question the existing environment with its own language. They attempt to have their work communicate with everyday people about socially relevant themes in ways that are informed by esthetic values without being imprisoned by them.”
Don’t gangbangers intend this same outcome when they tag a bridge?
Art students and thugs should receive the same treatment when caught defacing public property. The solution to either menace is lots of cops writing hefty tickets. This all being said, I thoroughly enjoy street art. As long as you’re not in my neighborhood, have at it.