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Graffiti is an art form born of the handcuffed hands of a community ofrebels fighting for social justice A ragtag group of urban dwellersclaiming the city for themselves shouting their existence to a worldthat would prefer to ignore them Graffiti is free both literally andspiritually In the shroud of night hiding from the cops graffiti isunapologetically splattered on the streets of the city free for peopleto see whether they like it or not Street art on the other handbelongs to the wealthy and cultured It is commissioned by cityofficials cleaned up and put into museums for the comfortable viewingof art critics bought by people willing to pay hundreds of thousands ofdollars on a piece to be hung on their walls It is at that point thatstreet art separates itself from graffiti no longer belonging to thepeople who walk by on the streets but sold as yet another quaint curioto the lucky few Though street art and graffiti originate from the samevein of social and political activism graffiti remains free and aliveon the streets while street art is sterilized by commercialization Graffiti differs from street art in several ways but there is oneaspect in particular that defines graffiti and that is the process inwhich it is assembled Graffiti in contrast to street art is illegalFor that reason artists are not able to spend vast amounts of timeputting up pieces at risk of being caught by the police Though someartists like the famed Banksy may spend considerable time inpreparation making stencils and careful plans before ever taking to thestreets the actual act of getting the piece on a wall always involves adegree of risk and danger Street art on the other hand has thecomfort and convenience of being legal Because it has reached a certainlevel of legitimacy in the art world people are willing to bringgraffiti artists in off the streets dust them off and allow them topaint in the light of day and comfort of the
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