Some call it vandalism and some call it art. Graffiti has created a huge discussion, not only between scholars, artists and professionals, but among any group of people discussing art, politics and/or economics.
Before going deep into this little research project, graffiti has to be defined. Throughout history graffiti existed in the forms of drawings and writings that are scribbled, scratched and or sprayed usually onto a wall in a public place (Oxford Dictionary).
This is evident from Ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Romans when they expressed their emotions through the amazing art that baffles everyone due to its value of telling us how humans lived their lives many thousands of years ago.
However, graffiti nowadays is being slandered for not being art, even though it holds the same values and aims of that in the past, but the medium in which graffiti is transferred into a wall is through a spray can, that mainly authorities are not content with.
Graffiti artists mainly try to express messages of social and political nature in the hope to make people understand the truths about the media controlled world. Sometimes it is believed that graffiti serves as a revolution against those monopolies who control our lives.
The issue here is that some people just buy spray cans and write “f**k you” on a wall, which can be considered vandalism for its very individualistic nature of expression, and this causes issues for artist such as Banksy to suffer from the consequences of bans and fines.
Graffiti is a developing form of art with many people are being more interested in it by the day, some are paying thousands to have that sort if art as a collectable at home.
This project will look in depth into graffiti and its use to express free speech in a series of articles.
Almustafa Mahmoud Khalid
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