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is Graffiti Art?

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Started: 9/13/2016 Category: Arts
Updated: 2 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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chloebits

Pro

Is Graffiti Art? Yes, it is. Grafitti is art and it takes time, patience and artistic skill. It kills time and even though it is against the law and it damages buildings, you can buy a building or highway and do it there and you are doing it to your property. Still not enough reasons. It is cool and gives people something to look at.
ankitkarn

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My fellow friend wants to buy a building on a highway road just to make a graffiti and impress people. So, does he have a magical box full of money from where he can buy buildings, expensive buildings actually to make graffiti on them? Also people don'"t look at useless things, they look a art which gives them a life lesson.
Well, Graffiti is not an art. It is just a waste of time, I believe. An art actually is something that shows imagination of the people. It is something that gives a fruitful message to a viewer. I believe a random worthless creative done on walls can never be compared to art. Graffiti is not an art because it doesnot shows the imagination of people and as far as we know a graffiti is just a way to impress people with useless creativity
Debate Round No. 1
chloebits

Pro

Like all other artistic forms, graffiti has experienced movements or changes in style. From the first tag scribbled on a subway train to the large, complex mural on a billboard, the movement has experienced change. The tools and the means have changed as well. Markers were traded in for spray paint, and stencils and stickers were introduced to make pieces easier to execute in a hurry.
The messages have also evolved. Graffiti has always been somewhat political, but it has come a long way from simply tagging one's name to parodying world leaders to make a statement.
This is further proof that graffiti is a form of art and not just a result of random acts of vandalism. The graffiti community moves in different directions and the resultant artwork moves with it.
George C. Stowers wrote that based on aesthetic criteria, graffiti has to be considered an art form. He makes a distinction between simple tags and more complicated pieces, stating that tags have little aesthetic appeal and probably should not be considered art. However, larger pieces require planning and imagination and contain artistic elements like color and composition. Stowers provides the example of wild style, or the calligraphic writing style of interlocking letters typical of graffiti, to show the extent of artistic elements that are present in these works.
"Wild style changes with each artist's interpretation of the alphabet, but it also relies on the use of primary colors, fading, foreground and background, and the like to create these letters," he writes. The artist's intention is to produce a work of art, and that must be taken into account when considering street art's legitimacy.
Stowers explains that graffiti cannot be disregarded because of its location and illegality. The manner in which graffiti art is executed is the only obstacle it faces in being considered an art form.
ankitkarn

Con

The main con about graffiti in the view of manyis that graffiti can open the door to other "crimes" such as burglary and assault (Graffiti Hurts website 2012). Sense graffiti could possibly open the door to crime for youths; it is looked down upon by lots of individuals. Graffiti also is expensive to clean up. For example Los Angeles County had to spend 28 million dollars on graffiti removal (Graffiti Hurts." February 29, 2012). Another reason people believe graffiti is bad is because people put curse words and inappropriate images in their graffiti as a result, lots of people see graffiti as vulgar or distasteful. Another thing that is negative about graffiti is that it is often used for gangs to mark their territory. So when another gang or random person covers up the old graffiti with their own, it can start to violence and other crimes (Officer Terry Laaker.2012). Also, because gangs use graffiti it is seen in a negative point of view. Another reason that graffiti can be seen in a negative view is because it is technically destroying someone else's property (that is if it's not on your own property).
hence we can say that it is not a form of art
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Zaya2.0 1 month ago
Zaya2.0
Yes it is! Because you are expressing how you feel
Posted by BackCommander 2 months ago
BackCommander
Graffiti isn't art, and not being art is what makes it art. I know, that's a super dumb way of explaining it. That pretty much sums it up though.

Example: Stacking a bunch of scraps of metal and garbage cans on top of each other and gluing it together isn't art, and yet you'll see pieces just like that in modern art galleries. Not being art is what makes it art.
Posted by Emmarie 2 months ago
Emmarie
I love being the front car at a RR crossing, to see all the beautiful work of Graffiti Artists from across the continent. It is definitely an art that is under appreciated.
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