Graffiti art: a solution to urban decay?

Graffiti is both a social and a personal expression. Many people who oppose graffiti see it as a reflection of social breakdown, rebellious attitude, and lack of citizenship.

Should graffiti writers be allowed to do whatever they want? I firmly believe that “controlled graffiti” has more benefits than negative impacts on society. It is true that vandalism is not welcome in society. However, there are many graffiti writers who treat graffiti art as a form of community beautification. For community beautification, I consider graffiti art in urban ‘dead spaces’. They help bring the abandoned urban blight to life and educate the public on social issues.

Graffiti art is a contrast to other forms of public art. Art form that does not require gallery hierarchy, merchandising or commercial hustle and bustle. There is a feeling that public advertising is the real cause of urban blight. Too much commercialism has caused the public interest to wane towards political and social concerns.

Graffiti art is a vehicle that people connect with. It is the perfect platform for city dwellers to know what is happening in a city. Looking at the writing on the wall, you can tell what are the social and political problems that are happening in the country.

Graffiti art is the ultimate expression of artistic democracy. It is a true reflection of the culture from which it comes. Graffiti artists send a strong message to the public: we should care more about social issues amid the influx of negative commercialism.

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