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Do you think that graffiti is just vandalism? Do you think that it has no value? That it not “real” art. WRONG! Graffiti is much more than that, graffiti is art,it’s creativity, its a lifestyle.



Graffiti originated in ancient Italy as drawings on sculptures. Romans consider graffiti as urban art, others consider it vandalism unless the owners give their consent. Graffiti includes drawing painting and writing or combo of three.



Graffiti’s current home NYC, graffiti can be dated early back to box cars in 1920’s but, the graffiti really originated through the mind of political activists and gangs of the 1960’s the’’pioneering era’’ took place during 1969-1974. During this time NYC became graffiti’s new home. Taggers wanted to put up as many tags as possible, that was the ultimate goal. The first people to get popularity was TAKI 183. By the 1970’s tags started to look its current calligraphic form to help artist distinguish themselves. In the late 1970′s and early 1980′s, something amazing was happening to New York City’s urban youth. They began to deviate from the cultural norms and embrace new, ‘strange’ practices like graffiti, breakdance, and hip-hop. All of this was happening at a time when society viewed the movement as idiotic, ridiculous, and even threatening. Most people thought that ‘real’ art was in galleries, not alley, that ‘real’ dancing belonged in ballrooms, not street corners that ‘real’ music emerged from guitars, not beat machines.



A very famous graffiti warehouse is 5pointz. 5pointz was first established as the Phun Phactory in 1993 by Pat DiLillo under a program called Graffiti Terminators to encourage graffiti artist to show their graffiti talent without the use of vandlaism.  The name 5pointz means all the five boroughs coming together as one.  Graffiti artists such as Stay High 149, Tracy 168 and Cope2 come to NYC create their own art in this famous warehouse. Over the past decade, the striking, graffiti-covered warehouse has attracted several hip-hop and R&B stars, including Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Kaz, Mobb Deep, Rahzel, DJ JS-1, Boot Camp Clik, Joan Jett, and Joss Stone.On April 10 2009 NYC building department ordered 5pointz to be closed down due to problems concerning the building and an artist was injured when part of a concrete fire escape fell down. 5 pointz is now called: “5pointz:the institute of higher burnin.



Graffiti is known and done all over the world such as China. Chinese graffiti started with Mao Zedong in the 1920s who used motivational slogans and paintings in public places to persuade the country's communist revolution. Mao holds the record for the longest piece of graffiti, which contains 4000 characters criticising his teachers and the state of Chinese society.Some of his work is now officially preserved.



According from the city of San Diego web site. Graffiti: The Problem:The City of San Diego spends more than $1 million each year on graffiti abatement education and enforcement. This amount does not include the millions more spent by other public agencies. Nationwide, the American public spends nearly $12 billion each year to fight graffiti.


Gang Graffiti:

Gang graffiti is usually limited to a specific home turf claimed by the gang. It is primarily used as a warning to other gangsters to stay out of their territory. Gang graffiti is also used to boast of crimes committed or weapons carried by the members. So as you can see graffiti is very influential and a great form of creativity.

So now you see two sides of the story you decide whether its a life style or vandalism. I know what i believe it is but the question what do you think it is?

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i really liked your article

i really liked your article very good

I like how you add pictures

I like how you add pictures to your article. I learn a lot about the Graffiti and I think it's fun and also i have some of my friends that like to do that too. Its pretty good article to read about. 

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hey nice article 

its interesting at first and very detailed

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this article made me think

this article made me think you want to try to change poeple way about the graffitti prob. I say this becuse you do and graffitti but people today think its bad.

P.S. I wud of wrote it better

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