To Graffiti or Not to Graffiti…

Beauty [byoo-tee]:
1. The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations, a meaningful design or pattern.
2. A beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building.

When passing an area with paint sprayed on walls of buildings, do you ever stop and think about the meaning behind the picture, whether it represents a name or indicates a story? Graffiti can be seen all around the world and before each dedicated portrait was planned and created, it consisted primarily of treacherous work. While my love for photography grew, fascination with artists’ and their ability to use spray paint to create such works of art has astonished me. “If art like this is a crime, let God forgive me”, says Lee in the book Subway Art, 25th Anniversary Edition. For such a powerful statement, it truly has meaning. How can such a thing be a crime?

In a society when drinking and smoking is legal to slowly decompose yourself, then to originate beauty and diffuse meanings through art around the world has become aberrant.

Graffiti has evolved and formed through the mix of different international youth cultures and the adaption of a public statement over time; and in return, it gives a voice to the people to allow their minds to form what they want to create. “There needs to be more legal space for it in cities like Vancouver”,  says [Titlegraf] from Instagram.  Ideas should be expressed and what better ways to express an artists’ ideas through graffiti?