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Graffiti

Graffiti lessons in Preston

By AJ
A top graffiti artist came to Preston last week to teach youngsters the art of writing and Hip Hop culture. Hundreds of people flocked to the Flag Market for a workshop led by Neil Kean, part of Top Dog Promotions.

Neil Kean
Graffiti Pro Neil Kean

The workshop was part of a week of activities including portable skate ramps and litter picking, set up to encourage young people to become active citizens in a fun way.

All participants had the opportunity to practise designs, watch a full 'piece' being created, learn about the history of Hip Hop and Graffiti and were even given advice on skills of Graffiti art.

The benefits of this workshop was to try and build the confidence and self-esteem of youths, improve team work abilities whilst also offering a positive, alternative future for people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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With such positiveness surrounding this, it's hard to believe that some people were strongly against the workshop - arguing that graffiti is not an art but vandalism.  Some fear that the bright spray is a symbol of the inner decay of a generation of young people that can only find fulfilment on the run.

I think it's unfortunate that some people are blind to the art that lies within graffiti.  Creativity, focus and inspiration surely can't be a bad thing!

The projects were coordinated by Impact: Preston, which is a Christian organisation that aims to serve and strengthen communities in Lancashire.   It aimed  to encourage young people to become active citizens and that's exactly what it did.

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Youngsters who completed the course received a certificate in Graffiti Art.

last updated: 31/08/06
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ROSE**lpc crew
NO NO graffiti arent vandalism!GRAFFITI GRAFFITI AND GRAFITI

SEap
graff is a culture wat u do how u live is based around graff

dean vose
like other poeple say grafiti is art so thats that itsnot vandalism

---
eww. he's my art teacher

Preston Street Crime
graffiti is art

Russ
I think you shuld go pro you are asom dude

kay kay
its the coolest art ever

jack
graffiti is arrt not vandalism if van goth came and wrote on a wall people would buy that brick

xxx
its great that kids can be creative but when there older they might do vandalism

sylvia
i thinkit is art just a very creative form of art that rocks

Dixie
i don't think graffiti is vandalism i think it's more like art than any thing else

dave jones
im a grafiti artist my self i think there should be areas set aside for young pepole to spray

stencil
people out there dont under stand graffiti is art and as i say "you can ereas the name but you can not ereas the fame".

x
its mint its not bad its art

hoopz
graffiti iz defenatly art cuh itz being creative && expressinq duh way u feel

josue benites
graffiti is art not vandalism, bkus its kool nd if u love artr ur smart

lil scooby
i would say its art because art is a gift to some ppl

Opinionated person
Well, personally, i really really like graffiti, but i really think that there is a limit.. I mean, churches? Cars? Have some respect, plus, all that stuff done by people who are worse that toy's, they just go and scribble "JOHNNO KING" on someones fence, that is also considered graffiti, but on that hand is bad, personally, i think there needs to be a word for the graffiti which people put effort into, and that are often done by professionals, and the disgusting wall scribbles you see around. There are so many good artists and i would certainly like to continue it through for uni. Also, i love the good graffiti, alot, good on the masters.

denyy
iii lovee very much graffitis ..!*~

Perry
its great i love graffitis

angie
your art is all bad and you got some skills

martin
graffiti is ART not vandalism but its also like a disease when you have started you CANT stop

conrad
that is cool man!!!

taylan
GRAFGING IS NOT 2 BE LEANT OF OTHERS ITS A WAY 2 EXPRESS UR SELF AND YES ITS ART BUT 2 ME TAGGING SHOULD ONLY GO NXT 2 UR PEICE 2 SHOW HOW DID IT BUT PERSONLY I DONT SUPPORT TAGGING N IM ONLY 13 I JUST STARTED THIS YEAR N IM UP 2 WILD STYLE ALREADY

De$TRoY
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO GRAFFITI

drew
i want to learn how to graffiti will you tell me

heather
i think graffiti is amazing, i love it ive been doing a graffiti project for my a levels and have found so many good artists from our area. i look up the some of the artists who spend hours upon hours comming up and creating these art masterpieces they must put so musch effort into their work, thy are privalaged to have so much skill and tallent, however some youths do put a bad name to graffiti, by just spaying rubbish all over the place, but the ones who do create art, i think, make it worth it, the counils should give the public certified places to paint, so less people would pait on everyone elses propperty. cheak out these artists work, their amazing ........... pryme..... era.... replete ...... sune ......its worth it, their absolutly amazing!!!! so down to the original question, it is art, no doubt about it xxxx

sarah
i think if it is graffiti art then yeh it is art but if it is on the side of a building it is vandalism of another persons property it is like wrintin on sum1 elses work....

mary
well is drawling pics art or vandalisim ... same thing why would graffiti be vandalism

brenda
i think its art i love graffiti and who ever tinks its vandalism r stupidin my eye i ee it like that

manda
wow!!!

nick dawson
art!!!! but i think there should be more legal places to get up

chris black
no i think it helps the streets become a better place

DJ Paddy
As a graffiti artist myself im obviously going to say it is art but 10 year olds scribbling in the school toilets random letters and things in my opinion is vandalism, but true graffti artist like myself use it to express ourselves that is NOT a crime.

andrew
I think that it is art

martin grice
i think it is a art if in the right place ie not on bus shelters

sinnika
graffiti is art,its a way of showing who you are and expressing your true feelings its not vandalism.

krakSKILLZ
ONE MANS GRAFFY T IS A NUTHER MANS VANDALISM"

Amy
Graffiti is art, kids scribbling on walls and doors is vandalims. Don't get the two confused.

chris
well to me graffiti is art and thats that...its not vandalism

josh
no

andres
hell no graffiti is pure art

alfred silva
graffiti is a crime that about it ..and dont argue with me

riddler
graffiti is art and should be argued everyday for it to stand that way and in Preston there should be places where people should be allowed to go an spray or draw graffiti..

aaron james
i think graffiti is art people hate it because they just see names scribbled on the walls but when it is done properly it is a work of art

dodger
i think that graffiti is art because it brings couler to it's suroundings and makes the community look better and some times expresses feelings

miguel tapia aka. T-cap
Grafitti is an unexpresed art of the most artistic artist in history

VK4D
I am a parent of a amature graffiti artist. I support what he does... I must say that it is a form of art If it is produced the right way.

lala sisi
i think it is art because it is very creative and sometimes it is very entertaining.

Mike
to be honest and fair i love graffiti im doing it my self i can do standard tags n bubble writing i just need eaching how to produce something good as what you artists do .. its incrediable stuff ...

Joshua Reyes
Graffiti is an art not a crime.

koshin
graffiti not vandalism its art

ace
graffiti is an art by those who create and enjoy it. It is only considered vandalism by the law.slavery was once legal which just shows how wrong law can be!!!

Me
I love graffiti im in the middle of learning it.. "Graffiti" is an art and who ever sketch is you put it right in what you said it is about expressing your self and we should all do it !!

THTE
ART

Denis(pokemon)
grafiti is the best art in my life people can understand some sinc about this place

kirk("cink" of galion ohio)
its art

Dan
Obviously its art, just needs to be in the right places...

calum
I believe that it is art because it takes skill to use it

sketch
its art always has always will be it just using a different canvas like real life scenes such as trains and stuff and different equipment its all about expressing yourself throught art and some people find graffiti that way to express it

T-ROC
ART YO

sukoto
total art unless in illegal ways

ZOoee.x
i think graffiti is an art and im going to teach my to graff as its so intresting.

nicole
grafiti is deffinately art.it is so amazing and a very uniqe way to express your emotions. i love grafiti so much .so ya grafiti is art.

chris
graffiti is an art that cannot be taught through lessons its a way of expressing your feelings graffiti is not vandalism if u do it in the right way to be honest dont get cuaght and its fine but practice on paper first

no comennto
it's a way of expressing your self. but don't disrupted anything

Writer of twenty years...
The problem with graffiti - you can teach kids to paint proper murals - problem is the sub-culture itself....These same kids will want to know graffiti history and roots - and will uncover the fact it started with Tagging - tagging being the part the general public despises most - and then the kids start learning about graffiti's rulings - you start at the bottom - tagging - then you progress - and if you want respect from 'hardcore' peers - the real movers and shakers in the scene - then you have to do trains - not way out of it - you have to do your tagging part to start learning - double edged sword. I'm a graffiti writer of nearly twenty years - I wouldn't have my kids ever involved in the sub-culture.

A4
Graffiti is an expression of self and not a crime. Graffiti is our story. It is the expression of one moment, of who we are and where we were. Some of it more esthetically pleasing than others but we need it all to embrace our story because without graffiti what will tell our story? And without our story where would we be?

tony
Good graffiti,I like it I can graffiti too.

Alyssa Carrillo
art

-R!5TR-!R
i think graffitti should be legal becuz art helps people relax .makes them actualy want to look at walls .it helps express ur feeling when doing so.also its cool seeing the art you have done.

..RX(1)N..T.B.S.
im actually doing an assignment on graff and i say its art!TO BE SEEN

Adam
It's art but some people just mess about wich dont really make it art.

NaC...stb..;
grafiti is art i dont stop doing grafiti i do it in school as a matter a fact i just got done doing a piece of wildstyle right now

wattz up my name is So0n=E.B.K.
...Graffiti Is My Life I Can't Never Stop...Even If I Tryed...It's an adiction to every thing and every one around it even you... if you get caught by the cops go down doing something big and make it count...Here's a tip allways make make your name bigger than your crew or the same size so they can see your skillz and remember your name...PEASE OUT...MAKE PAINT NOT WAR!!

page is my graffiti tag
i reckon graffiti is art not crime

OsO
Art!

ake
grafitti is art not vadelisim

peewee from pcb
graffiti is of corse and art but if u use it the wrong way then yea it's vandalim

luisa
graffiti is both but mostly an art some people just express themselfs differant just cause we do it but graffiti it dont mean it's bad

Denis WF VTP FRANCE
Graffiti is my life, people can't understand this..but I don't understand what graffiti "pro" means, for me it's impossible, graffiti is underground, not a bizness.....

Ace_ 11
graffiti is a way of life not vandalism

mahmood
graffiti is art bruv

bealio_x
iyaa. i think graphiti iz art it iz a kewl way 2 express your self !! but if you use it da rong wey it iz vandelism =D

Maximillian
graffiti is art it is a way to express ones emotion and opinion on life. If i knew how to write graffiti i would surely express myself. So to all those graffiti artist i tip my hat to you because you express yourself. sincerly, Maximillian

william gamboa
i think that graffiti is an art because if people think that u can do a picture on a piece of paper and that is condsiderd an expression of a person feelings than graffiti is the same thing its an expresion a passion once your hand touches that can u dont feel or hear anything else its basiclly u your bomb and and that can nothing els matters

justice
art cuz it's not everybody who can do it vendalisme if u tag of people's car ... but i like it and i wanna find someone to learn me it

fokis boy
its art style and skill

Josh
graffiti is art but under certain state lws it is vandalism i see it as art and only as art i am a graf writer myself and when you finish a mad bomb or burner and you really look at the art you will find you answer to this debated question

Zariah
Graffiti is a talent, that should be able to become a profession, because it is art. just because it's not done with a paintbruch or charcoal doesn't mean anything.

sweet
ART ALL THE WAY

rekast
GRAFF IS AN ART

JINX
graffiti is a Posesion By Skillz...Why not use them??

eugenie
i'm actually a graf artist, i think grafitti is a vandalism if you do not do it in a right way. if i want to express something, i just make a grafiti art in a legal way;)

robert Mcgulligan
it depends, your graffiti is art, some peoples are vandalism, if they arn't a pertrait or donw well and inculde bad messages than i think they are considerd vandalism.

Steph
Personally i love grafiti its soo good im getting my art teacher to teach me how to do it, but people who do do this should have the respect for other peoples property, but they are good artists and should further this creativeness

jacob
art

YASHIKA
I DO NOT DO GRAFFTI BUT I THINK ITS AN EXPRESION OF SOMEONE.

leon
graff is art no matter what people say

graffiti dawg
its all art wen you got da ok 2 do it

Tyler Wildman
I think its art n looks sick

mitchell baker
what's wrong with graffiti all it is is people decorateing there town.is defo art

kb
it art

Ghost
It's both. Yes it is an art, and yes it is altering someones proprety w/o permission. Though I'd much rather someone pieced my apartment than though bricks though the windows. . .

krazy j
i think grafiti is art cuse i met and now look up to dos legends now i hope i coulfd 1 day se like that its definitly NOT vandalism

george
Not vandalism its the best kind of art there is!

el flaco
hell no art aint no crime

emil
my name is emil.i live in indonesia.i too make a grafiti.

Guy
I think it's art because the people who write graffiti usally have some sort of art talent. I think if you write graffiti on the walls in expressing how art is really made.

nibble
Art but without the criminal underground status i don't think it would be so popular.

tint2
graffiti is a art which should be shown it can be known as vandalism but thats only people who don`t know what there doin but everyone has to learn so all i say is there should be more lessons so then people take in there art and start to brighten up the steetz

thomas
graffiti is the coolest art i know. its a kind of vandalism when its not beatiful

brett
art we should be aloud to do it on the streets

kurty
art!!

hitman
graffiti is cool and if your good at it you can turn it into a carear coz i no i wud buy a graffiti picture in a shop i am in the process of learning graffiti!!!!!

Jaymay
I think it is a cool kind of art that decorates the streetz

J
i think it is awsome cuz i want 2 tag train

john cartman
art

Jerry
I believe its art, because some people sell their peices to people who want them in their meuseums. As well as for the artist it expresses themselves in a different way.

AL - nsw
Graffiti is art. The challenge of doing it and not getting caught gives you an adenaline rush worth breaking the law for.

i write
graffiti is an art form but when it's out on the streets it is vandalism. You destroy property with graffiti art.

One2
Graffiti is art and is the best art its the only art were you can fully express yourself its modern and also looks better than picasso, im the modern day picasso

becki german
i dnt see the problem with people do it gd but tags are just stupid n make the place look horrible

PRico
ITs an art form and if u think its vandalism its porbly cuz u dnt understand the culture behind it. its a form of self expression. And yes i do Bomb(aka tag)

DALEK
I think is vandalism

slim
graffiti is my life it aint vandalism...loo been doing graff since i was 12 i love doing it and im not going to stop cause of some guy sayin it is vandalism

jake
man graffiti is vandalism but who cares i love doing it

mass- greed stuff
its art i was arrested when got coght doing it but i still have a pashon for it like youll never know its color and culture mixed into one...

amuze
ive been doing garff my whole life and i can tell you without graff i would have been able to get through life.graff is my life graff is art you just have 2 understand it.

daniel heffernan
i tag mace and if eny1 out dere thinks graffiti is a bad thing there wrong

SLANG
graffiti is the best way of expressing yourself in the hood, why would u make ilegal

WIZ
I dont like tagging but a graf peice if defentaly art, the best art!

Mumma n Peachie
Graffiti is art!! The best ART!!!!

HUstler
i think that it is art expressing yourself

Jordan
I think that graffiti is art because you can show of yor art skillz

hodgey boi
yo its art coz its shows wot u can do n it lets u show ur felings n stuff u shud be able 2 do graffiti on some walls were u will be of the streets n not makin damage

Brod.H
i dont think graffit is vandalism, but in the way itis used by some people can be seen as vandalism. If you are tagging a wall down your road and there is no purpose to this i think this is vandalism but if you are making a point and creating a piece of art to communicate a message this is art as it had a meaning and a purpose for it being created. It takes time and patience to create a piece of art and graffiti does take time, i admire the people who do graffiti for a profession or main hobbie as its much better than creating chaos and mess!!!

Brandon aka Knox
Graffiti is art, it isnt ruining our world its making iy better, and people just dont realize it.

omid aka KRY 1
it is art

impact
graffiti is an expression of our feelings and thoughts, its not done to upset enywun

jen
people made graffiti illegal, if they supplied walls for people, there would be no problem.

B-boy Bird...
I think if any artist would see the time, graffics, and the creativity they would say it is art... 1-love

Juan A.K.A. Rokz
To Me it is amazing art...it isnt vandalism...for example when im mad i draw on paper until im done

South_Side_Juggalo
I think that garffiti is a way of expressing your slef in some kind of way not only that it is fun and some thing to do to m eit keeps me out trouble as it is,I'm in enough trouble but not for doing graffiti so other than that its just flat out fun.

scott
graffiti is only art when it isnt just mindless teens messing about

haystak
graffiti is a way of life

trale
i am 12 and have been doing graffiti for 2 years. graffiti is straight up art! if some1 has a talent, let them express it!!! trale

JwillZ
I think grafiti is a form of freedom of speech and shoul be allowed to exsist wherever walls exsist

HuBe aAc CrEw..
GRAFFITI IS ART

jokes
its art im only 14 and i get up all the time

eric
its art when only when its cool if it sucks its vandalism

lewis dent
i think art is very goood and can some times help people

ant
i think its art becuse im only 12 years old and i can skcetch and kind of write in grifiti

kel
y shouldnt it be an art evry body sits there drawing ther name in graffiti in my skool we did have a graffiti artist in our skool called trik but gt caught n ther is more graffiti artists were ever u look alpha1,jice,ras,halo,loli and many mre. graffiti looks cool and is cool but only when you do it right not when u do bold letters but when u do a big 3-d style .so graffiti is not vandalism is art with style

Ana
I think graffiti is an art...

BIG CB
graffiti is not vandalism i think it is a art best looking art i have seen

honeycomb
graffiti is straight up art

Core ov E.R.A
graffiti is not a crime in my opinnion it is an art of feelings and skill. Not many people can achieve the level of spraypinatin that a " Criminal " can .

josh
Graffiti is only considered a crime because of where it is chosen 2b displaied. The public have no chpice in the matter, which is why they appose the, People consider something to be an artform if it is in a gallery but you have to pay to see it! graffiti is given to the public free of charge! if you put graffiti on canvas or confine it to and art gallery your taking away the pure essence of graffiti! Call it Art or a Crime, it is hard to deny the skill and time it takes to Do a piece of graffiti! If people werent so addiment it was a crime, writers wouldnt have the same urge to abuse the system! im not saying make it legal but the government has to work with writers and accept that it is an Artform!!! If all you have is a negative argument then you have no right arguing, im a writer and i believe in both fore and against arguments!

graf artist
sweet i write a.j aswell m8 graffiti is an art ppl

EON
I AM AN AMATURE GRAFITTI ARTIST AND I HATE THE PEOPLE WHO DONT TACK FOR SERIOUS ARE ART WORK ,,,,,

k
graffti is defo art just some pips dnt see it that way coz ther are afraid of explorin new things. ther narrow minded pips. art is all around us if u think about...

.[ x ]. susie .[ x ].
errr m8 its art init

Shane
I think grafiti is art and a way of showing ur feelings so safe to all grafers out there dont give up

Chaz
Definately art i fink its amazin how u do all dem letters its jst wiked

adrian
i du i beter

mike
graffiti is very very very very very very bad it costs the council thosands of pounds and i dont care what any one else says it it bad :(

Cannonball
ART!

Racheal
I think graffiti is art

Massey
I think some graffiti looks good but i think tagging just looks ugly. Graffiti isnt just writing on a wall its expresion of how you feel.

JONATHAN SANDOVAL
IT IS A ART

LUIGI
GRAFFITI IZ STRAIT ART

Hayley*
Graffiti iz mint :)

chris-one
I think graffiti is most DEFF a form of art, but to say "graffiti is the best thing that an artist can do"(mos illests) is one of the most ignorant posts on here. How? I ask can one call themselve an artist when they limit there talents to such a specific style of art. nah Im just playin if you can graffiti then you're an artist!

kezz
i fink graffiti is like propa art, how can it ne vandalism? its all art !! if only i could do it =[

kaos
it's all art besides them toy writtings

Danya
I think its art but in one way its art on the walls of a street and people think its vandalism.but i like the style and im hoping to learn it so i can use it as art.

aliek
no,but the graffiti is art not vandalism

Jessica Chavez
Well, in my opinion i think it is vandalism.......yeah right wright i think it is just art like any other thing

fuller
graffiti is a way of expressin yourself, and thats what art is all about, if graffiti aint art then what is?

jacko
graffiti is boss

ethan the man
graffiti is cool no 1 shold thinck that it is bad i do it like it love it it the best *graffiti rocks*

mos illests
graffiti is the best thing that an artist can do

nozie
bless graffiti is not a crime its art

stephen H
its an art an it make the place look gd !! :)

Core
Art, not vandalism,The police should go catch some real crime.

even
graff is my life! graff saved my life i was into drugs and all most died, from a over dose, now graff is my only drug god bless graffiti and yes its art because its life!

DaNk
man respect the art cuz thats how we express your self Yh8 DANK AZ

prithviraj jhala
it is art and i really admire it and want to learn this art of graffiti

mac
im not boverd wot people say graffiti is da best

cope2
art definatly

feared
graffiti is life

DEK
Graffiti is amazing its expressing stuff . ahah and its fun :) i just need to learn how to do it better :(

CODE
GRAFFITTI IS AN ART

i think no
well becuz it expresses our true fellings of how kewl we r an out talents duh

marianne goodwin
it's the best art form around!

inkoe
am a graffti person i love it is my lifestyle but. i deent go graffting peoples property only bridges trains and tunnels i do ;)

shrimp
graffiti is art and is art a crime no

scooter
graffiti is a talent not vandalism

jest
graffiti is certainly art and if people weren't so small minded they would appriciate the real graffiti art

Yuckers oner
graffiti is a way of life, a passion, and its also a calling. "step it up" "Get up" and "Stay Up".

ricky
i think gerffiti is the best art ever!!!!=]

alex
it's all art

matheus
graffiti is not vandalism it is a form of art

* SPaRkLeS *
well it depends where you do it you kno. Graffiti is alwayz goin to be art and when you put that art on someone elses property without permission then it becomes Vandalism..!!

*miner*
i tag also, i write miner and i dont think its vandalism.it x-pressses my character,by the way my name is shamir.

Joel
Man graffiti is art cause you basicly see it everywhere.

loserhead
i think graffiti is the coolest thing eva

marcus newton aka. Newton Boy
i'm a professional graffiti artist myself. i personally think graffiti is art, and a way of life

cogo
i think it is good for the children of the town

k*dawg
i think its art and how most people express their self

Ducky
I tag all over my estate all the time every where just tryin 2 get my rep up

lil dakes
man its art cuz i tag all the time later

bryan
its art of like always

miguel mendez
heck no i do graffiti my ownself and for others to there is not one person that i disapointed 4rm my art work . . . they might not understand it but they still love it.

cameron walker
gives them a talent to be proud of and its betta than them robbin n stuff

witz
i fink graffiti is an art and can be fun but the goverment should put places wer u can wac up

sam
graffiti is art

Darius
well it just depends were u put it. but my idea or choice would by that graffiti is art. it doesn't kill any any body.

Darius
Art

kmart
its art 4 yong pepole

Mike
Yup!!!!!!!

XOXneykaXOX
graffiti is art i find it very interesting because i am very good at at and graffiti myself but i mostly do it on canvas not on street

ALLIE ONE
graffiti is a art beacouse in my point it's making your nieborhood look more butiful

pj
c0ol

Trane
no it should not be illeagle cause its an awsome form of art AGE 11

joey
I think its art because you can express you self and bring live to what your taging!

Solus
im am a graffer cumin up in the world slowly im known as SOLUS which is latin for alone alot of graff is used to get a message across mine states that everyone feels alone sometimes and their not the only one some people look at a canvas and see squigles others call it art some people look at mona lisa others call it genuis others call it rubbish it is an artist interpritation. but graffiti is still art and a way of expression there are just to many toy's roaming around but if these skills were worked with and honed then we would have our own pieces of art around the streets i say the govournement makes after school graff classes for the kids its fun and educational.

support local graffiti
i think that any type of art is art, any one can think what they want want but thats my thought. but i do like and do real graffiti also dut murals can be called graffiti too.

arbrad
i love graffiti it is not vandalism it is art

deto
art

Dawn
its art! its only vandalism if u get caught tagging somewhere where your not suppose to be..Mostly its art cuz its a style your own style of drawing in your own way that gets people intrested in this whatever style.

Julie
like seriously its a type of art form because you use your imagination or sometimes what you might see in everyday life. its a way to express yourself. i can't graffiti for the simple fact i still haven't learned how to.

patch/graff name
graffiti is art not vandalism

bob
art

Oche
for me its both.. i think its just the sound of the word that make it different, art give a sophisticated sound and vandalism make a street sound which make the people think that its not good (illegal),as you can see that if you're doing a graffiti you still use the same equiptment so what make it difference if its art or vandalism. Graffiti is an artistic way to express and show what you've got..

Duckone.
Grafftin is not vandalism if its treated in the prope r way ...if its illegal its illegal art but it its legal then its legal art ..vandalism is only vandalism if its destroying something

bp91
in no way shape or form is graffiti a crime.graffiti is a very good way for youths and adults to express themselfs positavely .

Edos1
-ART-

TASE
ART 4 SURE

afro
i think graffiti is art because it let's people see the true artist.

randi
i think it is both and there should at least be some walls that we should be able to do our art on i no a lot of pple fell the same way as i do

reaper
it is the last form of unsencored art

britt
I personaly think its a form of ART, you can make it your own , its you competing against yourself. You can only get better!

~*zeus*` 4rom that art over crime crew
I express my self through art.

drips94
im a graffiti writer i dont do alot of illegal stuff but i dont know how some can call this art form vandalism it takes loads of time 2 built the skill to be a good writer now you tell me if a man splats a bit of paint on a bit of paper and gets 3 grand for it do you think thats write or some one that takes there time with the work who is i real artist who can take some letters and make them much more creative ???

shaamal
grafitti is not vandalism it is art and people expresss them self with it

Maria
i think graffiti is cool is some way u can explain ur feelings. I would love to know how to do graffiti.And graffiti is art not vandalism

GEIST
This Art is bold, as are the colors.. A crime to some, a rush like none.. Addiction takes over!

faG
U R awsome like innit.!

pest ksa
its sumot 2 do but only if ur gud at it.

blast
man..griffty is an exprishion of the hart..it is not vandlisem or ate it is love

asto
well it all depends really....you get vandals which are stupid kids that write "dazz woz ere" or whatever and the real artists who take time and select a wall and fill it with imagination

Unique
For players it's art, but for haters it's vandalism For me... IT"S ART!!!

KiZa
Graffiti is art, it comes from the inspiration and focus from inside a person's mind and heart. It also represents the inner feelings of an individual, people should respect the time, patience, inspiration and imagination that has been put it graffiti. It Is Most Definately Art!

soup 1
it is art have have bombed alot i hit 50 pieces in one day.but yea people love graffiti

louie
art defo

juggalo
art. people love graffiti.

Tiffany&Kelsie
it is art and I want to learn how to do it

spencer
its art

b red
graffiti is awesome and really cool i dont under stand why people dont like it because ido it all the time.

kel
graffiti is art and needs to get out round preston and not be vandalism

Keenan
Graffiti is definetly art! Except for the type where theres just a couple of lines on a wall that says someones name or sumtin like that. But real graffiti is awesome!!

allie
graffiti is awesome it is definetly art but only when it is in cool types of sayings and the cool writing its just awesome yh so whenever you see graffiti think of it as the cool way

joey
its vandalism but at the same time people are only expressing there feelings and its really cool as ive seen it and its really awesome as i see it every day as i go on my bike and do heeps of jumps everyday its awesome

ben tompson
its soooooooo gd

FEAR
i think graffiti is art cuz it just shows how 'talented artist' they are,and graffiti is how they show it

K@$£
i like drawing graffiti in my black book coz i think that graffiti is a way to get your name all around town

nick (Reaper)
i think graffiti is the most talented art i every sean and i wold like to learn it to!!!!

Francisco
definantly art not alot of people could do graffiti lik some people

b.j
i think it is a exprestion not a vandalisam so i dont object buy some is to rude

dan
ART unless it is offensive or against anybody.

sy...impact preston
the aim was to show that graffiti can be used in an open and positive way rather than the underground. I.P successfully engaged and channelled artists to take this route....think about it.

tom
graffiti is art it is drawing but just done on the wall in paint or marker pens people who do it they have very grate tallent and it is a big thing of art

sound dtk
graffiti is art

z.i.e
its an art

Rudy
Art.

(THE INFAMAS)SOLO
GRAFFITI IS ART,ART IS POWER.USE IT!!!!

Danielle
i think graffiti is both it matters how u do it! it su do it on ur own property it aint vandalism! but.. if u do it 2 b cool or wat eva then its vandalism! or if ur in a gang and doin it but other wize its art 2 me but i dont do graffiti eperiod ~*2fly4ya*~

russell
thats right

william b the brst
it is art if u do it the right way

Shennel
It depends on where you do it. If you do it where theres art, then its considered art, if you do it on buildings and houses or garage gates, then its vandalism.

dylan
i believe that graffiti is art for sure. i think that its art becasue art,is just basically a way of expressing ur self whether it be in musiv or on paper or through movement, its all art, graffit is ajust a path people choose in art, graffit shud also be respected becasue it is the only aspect of hip-hop wen u dont get paid!!..yet ppl still say its soo ugly it makes cities look like ghettos, yet ppl always stop to look at graffit.. and they say this becasue they cant read the art,, andthey dont understand the concep.. its the same as a little kid going into an art museum..they think that its really stupid bcasue they dont understand the art.. i think if people just stoped to think about the culture and the life style ppl chose in graffiti.. it wud make graffit alot more understanding and ppl wddent think of what they do now.....just my two cents being a writer myself..

Raskit
If graffiti is aesthetically pleasing, whether it's a tag or not - it's art. Tags can be just as artistic as normal graffiti, the patterns and images coming off the letters, or even on the letters themselves can be good to look at. If you just scrawl a quick normal type name on a wall "Kerri wz ere" what's the point? Why not make it artistic. There's a big difference between vandilism, and graffiti.

paul barron aka cell
i thank it a good idear

local graff writer
it is both by wat government says ...graff can have an artistic form and a not so artistic form this is y ppl think all graffiti is vandalism but ther is a big difrence .... i support the idea that it is an urban art form u dont see many ppl painting mona lisa's anymore do you?

COADY
I need help to improve my graffiti skillz

Chaz
its art...really kool art...i need to learn how and where i should start

kerrie
i think that it is art but it is depinging on where you do it

daniel
i think that graffiti is art depinding on were u do it

christopher
learn graffiti letters A-Z

james
its purly an art form doesnt matter if no one else can read it. its for the other graff artists to see and you to see so you now that you bombed that place.

E. Adeniyi
Graffiti is an art in a way. If well design in a reasonable and artistic way with good intentions,it could be an art. But could turn to vandalism if it is done without achievement.

jesus
graffiti brings life to a dull, boring and long forgotten wall

cameron
art

Zed
Graffiti is a fine art.

nicole
hey i wanna learn how to be a better graffiti artist!

YANz
Graffiti is an art it takes skill and in some places looks good plz read this!! ...

DeTH--KFH--
graffiti is a great way to get away from everything going on in life, you can put all your emotions into 1 piece and make it great people think its vandalism well in a way it is only to the extent of doing graffiti on some ones property but on something that is yours or were uve gotten permission to do it makes it an art and smiled upon other than people tagging anywere and making it frowned upon..

elmo
right place, right time and what the artist/vandal has done its up to him/her.

HIDDEN
ITS A GIFT BECAUSE ONLY FEW PEOPLE CAN DO IT. YEAH YOU SEE THESE TOY WRITERS WRITIN THREE LETTERS THINKING ITS ART. PEOPLE CONFUSE TAGGIN WITH GRAFFITI. TAGGIN IS VANDALISM BUT GRAFFITI IS A TRUE ART FORM BECAUSE YOU CAN EXPRESS SO MUCH THROUGH IT.

£. ©øñªwª¥
I tag and i think that its pure art and theres no vandalism to it and that the people who call it vandalism are just jealous because they don't ahev the talent nor the time to learn how to do it. I simply love it.

Kyle Rowntree
How do you write KYLE in graffiti

Nibs
I've been painting for over 12 years - fantastic way of expressing yourself.

merge one
its how we humans communicate, and i say if i die atleast i still might be up somewhere and when it gets seen atleast they remember you or the identify you created your self while tagging, i say it is a way of life rather than being a robot like every one else if you tag you are doing what you are put on this planet to do.

2trew
i write and think they should stop calling graffiti vandalism

pope
i think it is something that shows all of your personality in art.

Ruby Flores
Graffiti is not a vandalism it is art everybody has different ways to do art and graffiti is one of the ways to show your feelings or just to have fun with it

venom
i think that the owner of the place that is a good spot should have a choice to make it legal or illegal...

nork
art not crime ( it should be LEGAL )

JunE
Art...EXPRESSiON..

simon
yep, without graff, there would be no such thing as art.

shadow
its the onlt thing in life we have left for our emotions

davina
i think, that alough graffiti is an act of vandalism it is also a way to express yourself in pictures or art if you will. it is also a way to express yopur feelings when there's no one to talk to thats why i have chosoen art from my corse work thanks for reading my opion

faime
im a(graffiti) writer and i belive that it is art.

grim reefer (tag)
graffiti is a way of life more than it is an art but it is definitly not vandilism

jimothy
graffiti to most is vandalism, but they dont realise that its art. And the only people that realise that its art are the artists!!

Geist
Its the only hope left!

jocy
in my opinion i think graffiti is an art thing because without graffiti we would never be able to express ourselfs and show people the art we do

seaz(my graff name)
ART!!!!!!!!!! NOT VANDALSIM AT ALL

...
Of course its Vandalism, Anything is vandalism if you put it on something that isn't yours, Id rather see a good banksy than the mona Lisa. The whole point of graffiti is that it's illegal, that's why it's cool. it's art and vandalism. Even if the worlds best artist did a painting on a public wall, it's still vandalism however good it is, but that doesn't mean its not good, In my opinion Graffiti is Cool BECAUSE its vandalism.

Michael Fillion
graff's definitively more than art, is a way of life. try it and maybe you'll know why...it's undescrible

money rules
nooooo way graff is no vadalism bcuz tha ppl who do the graff are expressin on how they feel and ppl dont understand tht.

ghost (my graff name)
graffiti is a legend no way is it vanderlism

pete
graff is art to people who see it as art.getting up dont meen u av 2 break da law.der r 100'z of kids i no dat do legal walls n r az wel known az cope2.i see it as art.

Kane
i think graffit can be art or vandalism depending on the sort of person who is doing the graffiti, when done sensibly the graffiti can turn out great, but when done to offend or 'tag' offen looks terrible

VICTOR
NO WAY ITS A WAY OF ART 2 EXPRESS WAT U FEEL

TOM
No question, Art.

jonny from rotherham
GRAFFITI IS AN ART.IT LOOKS BETA WEN YOU SEE GRAFFITI ON WALLS ITS BETTER THAN SEEIN PLANE WALLS.

Oddjob
You clearly have to make a separation between graffiti that looks good and vandalism which is mostly just writing with no attention to how it looks.But one man's art is another man's vandalism. There's no rulebook. Some graffiti artists have gone on to become darlings of 'establishment' art simply by displaying their 'art' in a gallery rather than on someone's wall.

Hat3r
GRAFFITI IS AN ART AND NOT A CRIME

Elizabeth
i think graffiti is art becaues even if they have no perrmisson it can be a picture witch is art.

Jonny
Graffiti is a form of vandalism wen it is in the form of writing. But pictures is art and not vadalism.

danis
i think it is art. it is cool thing. it is live stile

Sarah
I don't think graffiti is vadalism, its just part of creativity.

Danielle
Graffiti is art wherever it is put, it is a great from of it too. However, if put in a place without permission it is also classed as vandalism

Pure Art
Graffiti, if done in the right place with permission is pure art and nothing less.

Kyle
Good article and even better question. You're really getting my brain-box working. I agree with Peter T here.

Peter T
Simple - If the owner of the wall consents to a Graffito it is art, if not it is vandalism.

Peter
I was in Flag Market that day and all the youngsters enjoyed it. It was educational, fun and interactive.

Zoe
I don't know. The creative aspect of it is artistic but the fact that many graffiti artists practice on walls is vandalism. Maybe it would be considered art if artists sprayed on canvas' or something.

Kaylie
I think graffiti is art without a shadow of doubt. It's amazing- the colours, the technique and the concentration put into it truely inspiring.

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