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Graffiti is an art form Or is it There are many arguments for and against graffiti In this essay I will try to tackle the various aspects of these arguments giving proof along the way My interest in graffiti is purely artistic I feel this essay may be more biased towards graffiti as an art form as I think it is a beautiful and interesting branch of artistic talent and individualism Is graffiti an Art Form There is an anonymous man who I will refer to as Dain in Switzerland who is an artist in the commonly known sense of the word He does sculptures oil paintings prints sketches and more His art originates in his graffiti He is a graffiti artist and what is thought of as an artist He was commissioned to decorate a railway station in his unique style If you would like to see this go to wwwgraffitiorg and find Dain Graffiti artists from the suburbs of New York have suddenly arrived as cult figures in the modern Art world This is the modern Art world not the world of Modern Art Graffiti is not seen as Modern Art it is merely a creative art form using letters to form pictures A calligrapher could be seen as an artist in this respect and a graffiti writer could be seen as a calligrapher Or is graffiti Vandalism I feel that tagging is vandalism but throw ups and murals are not Tagging is a way of showing that you have been there marking your territory this is often likened to a dog leaving its mark on a lamppost A throw up is left as a proof of your talent as an artist usually sprayed on trains and walls around train tracks A throw up can be very complicated and the difference between a throw up and a mural is a very fine line Graffiti is seen as vandalism an ugly and terrifying threat
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