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In the late 1960s graffiti became more than just a political statement or gang mark it became a hobby and an art to some But this past time required breaking the law and vandalizing others property It was widely seen by society as a nuisance and problem However to the youth behind this movement it was the only way of creatively expressing themselves in an oppressed society However was this reason enough for the graffiti to be tolerated or accepted as a part of society Since the 60s and especially the 70s graffiti has had a great impact on US society It has sparked many arguments and brought up many important questions to society The effect of this art is underestimated and more often than not it is unappreciated The questions graffiti bring up are not just about graffiti but about the functions and ways of US society People usually see it as just a nuisance but especially today what is it Graffiti is the name given to writings drawings paintings or scribbling on walls pavements monuments and other surfaces of public or private property which became very common in the second half of the 20th century and can be seen around today These graffiti vary from names and swear words written by children for no better reason than that they have learnt to write and feel like writing something to political slogans to elaborately drawn pictures which can indeed be seen as works of art What makes a graffiti a crime is not its content or artistic quality but the fact that in most cases graffiti are written or painted on an item of property that belongs not to the author of the graffiti but to somebody else and this somebody else had not given to the graffiti writer permission to use his property for the purpose of graffiti Of course graffiti can be a crime and many times is but it isnt always
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