Graffiti: The thin line between legal and illegal

Graffiti Legal or Illegal 

Graffiti art can deface a heritage building's recently restored façade or scrawl on a bus stop's newly installed billboard. Insulting graffiti can be written on the walls of a school or a church. In addition, store windows become unsightly overnight as a result of aggressive graffiti.

But what if everything changed and, for a few days, the cityscapes were turned into a light-filled street art studio filled with incredible graffiti?

 Graffiti art, as a kind of visual communication, is conveyed in the urban environment through drawings on big surfaces and in prominent locations, allowing passers-by to escape the monotony of the cityscape and connect with a clearly stated creative message. Whether they use bus stations, billboards, wagons and many places, "graffiti artists" resist measures that require artistic limitation.

The more private and illegal the place for drawing, the greater the performance. When the owners or the municipality do not agree with a certain drawing or inscription in the public space, it is called graffiti.

 Graffiti Legal or Illegal
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Graffiti gained the title of street art when the artwork or inscription, done with the owner's permission or even at his request, moved beyond conventional notions and classical and conformist theses.

 Graffiti is a highly varied art form that is closely linked to individual creativity. The messages they deliver are as different as the people who have rallied to do so. Graffiti exposes political, social, and motivational messages, as well as vows of love, to the general public. It's still done the same way it was in Ancient Rome or Tikal, the Mayan metropolis, thousands of years ago.

Anonymous people have used graffiti as a means of expression since they began to utilize art tools, vandalizing community items or shared areas.


But graffiti art is not always meant to destroy, insult, or cause public embarrassment. When despair and apathy create wounds on the city's face, the ugliness of collapsing buildings, decrepit ruins, abandoned dwellings, and gray cement is obscured by the boiling paintings of the imagination.

The drab and abandoned walls will be covered in imaginative figures, twisted inscriptions, bizarre stories, and creative texts, making them like some urban allegorical carriages trapped in the everyday show.

The beholder's sight will rejoice, and his mind will strive to grasp the creative and full message of the one who, in love with the city and its beauty, communicates the need for renovation, decorating, building, or restoration in the city. Graffiti's artistic perspective shifts dramatically and transports you to the realm of art. This time, it's a piece of street art with a powerful social message.

 Graffiti in the 1920s

Modern graffiti has its beginnings in the 1920s, when the New York subway was covered with drawings and inscriptions by neighborhood gang artists. Over time, the direct link between hip-hop culture and graffiti has remained unchanged. In the world's major urban centers, poor and miserable areas have become the scene of political and social messages transposed on walls and buildings. And, at the same time, they gave talented graffiti artists, for whom some art galleries opened their doors wide. Graffiti on the street (made with the consent of the owner of the building or even at his request) could be recognized as a work of art, with a limited duration, which is true. And so it turned from graffiti to street art. Theoretical debates on this topic are still in full swing.


Some of the current “graffiti artists” who have been awarded legal merits: Miss Van, Gaia, Blu, ROA, David Choe, Saner. etc.

 The street artists mentioned above are only a few of the many who, by painting on the sides of buildings, provide a unique viewpoint and instill in passers-by the notion of limitless, enormous creativity. As a result, the issue remains: "How illegal is it legal?" Even if the illegality stems from the owners' or towns' unwillingness to paint their structures, art transforms the unlawful into the legal.


Graffiti Mural Beautiful
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