GRAFFITI : The Unspoken
“Graffiti”.A vast number of people exploit this term, using the
general definition, as follows: ".. the illegal or unauthorized
defacing of a building, wall or other edifice or object by
painting or otherwise marking it with words, pictures or
It is evident, that the use of this definition causes the general
public to hold a bias against the Graffiti movement. By doing so
it limits the scope of graffiti in spheres that promote individual
artistic endeavors, social and political awareness, and opinions
held by today’s youth on war, peace and popular culture.
Graffiti has the ability to shape the minds and views of today’s
youth by directing them in a positive manner and promoting
originality in their creations.
The term Graffiti has been derived from
the Italian word “Graffiato” which
translates into scratched.
In the past the primary use of graffiti
was to make political statements, by
activists, or mark the turf of street
gangs. This was done by the use of
inscriptions or drawings etched into
walls or pillars of buildings and ruins.
Even though it has not been determined
when exactly these “Graffiti” were
created, it was during the 1970’s that
graffiti was first recognized as a form of
As an Expression…
Graffiti as an art form provides an outlet
for an individuals creative abilities and
emotions in a unique manner.
Since the idea of art is so subjective, the
perspective held by the viewer can range
from a regular piece of art to a magnum
"Sometimes you just don't know how to
express yourself correctly until you get
your hands on your first can [of spray
paint]," said Robert, a 16-year-old Paly
student and graffiti artist.
A 3-Day mission of self-expression:
Social and Political Significance
The use of Graffiti has shown promise of becoming a potentially powerful medium to express
views held on certain controversial, social and political dimensions of society.
Graffiti is an art form that breaks the conventional barriers of expression and creates
awareness amongst youth while providing them with a way to convey their stance on
Graffiti is a prominent source of political protest used to communicate
worldwide messages on anti-war...
...and International activism.
Translation: Save money! Bypass the
middle man! Fill the tank of your car
directly with human blood.
Advertising through Graffiti
Over the past few decades advertising has evolved into this mass media culture that
has been shaping the minds of our youth. And since visual forms of advertising are
the most impressionable, Graffiti has been adopted by advertisers and designers as a
modern and innovative approach to market their products.
Louis Vitton Adidas
Graffiti provides an outlet to channel feelings and emotions related
to personal and public tragedies, experiences and significant
The educational value of Graffiti has often been undermined, while in
reality graffiti is able to promote valuable learning amongst its
creators and audience
Graffiti is able to help create attachment between youth and their
urban neighborhoods by providing them with the opportunity to
contribute and participate rather then accepting the flaws in their
Graffiti provides youth with constructive diversions to steer them
away from negative influences such as violence and drugs.