The Politics of Encouraging Graffiti

Illegal or legal, graffiti has made a mark in the art department and may forever be something that will be seen on our streets and alleys. Marked as a “phenomenon” graffiti has emerged into many different forms, and catered to a lot of political protest and expression.

Graffiti and Its Emerging Form

Started in Pennsylvania, the art form has expanded and got to streets of New York, and every possible alley, that gave way for street artists and commoners to raise a message or an identity. In its earliest form, it is also true that graffiti has been used wrongly and abusively, going to extents of spray paint on walls and places that are supposed to be clean and neat to look at. Graffiti had once been an art that subjectively made streets look dangerous, thuggish, and unsafe for anyone and everyone.

But gone are the days that you have to run for spray painting a wall because police officers are chasing after you. In this emerging and immersive era we live in, cities actually encourage graffiti as a form of rehabilitating cities and making them grow together with the art of the people on their streets. Encouraging messages and ideas to be shown publicly without being reprimanded and criticized.

Today cities organize get-togethers on big wide whitewalls where everyone is given spraypaints of every color and top reliable and good paintball mask for protection and are very much encouraged to fill those walls with as much art as they can, with as many protests as they can, and with as much awareness as they can. These walls cultivate the culture of the city, represents the people of the city and raises the voice of the many with just a simple act of sharing art.

Graffiti, when encouraged properly by the government, and given chance by the officials can actually result in a more profound and cohesive form rather than an eyesore that needs to be erased, and chased.

Shevon Shane