#1
What are your guys opinions on graffiti and who are some of your favorite artists?

I absolutely love this art form, I think its one of the most real forms of expression in the sense that there is no monetary gain, and artists have to risk a lot, sometimes their life to get their name up. It adds so much to a city, whats going on within it is on its walls. My favorite artists at the moment are Never and Perve from ATL and Revok from LA, but the diversity of styles from all over the world is absolutely amazing. Check of the galleries of your cities on Flickr if you like it, some of them have thousands of photos.
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I don't really know much about graffiti, but I do enjoy seeing it. I think it adds life to cities. Although, I'm not a big fan of when people just write words that no one can actually make out inside tunnels and such.
#5
I like the stuff that looks like art, more traditional art. instead of like, ghetto, flat lined, _____ wuz hur.
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There is a big difference between just tagging your name on a wall and creating a masterpiece of a picture on a wall. Tagging is vandalism. Graffiti done right is art.
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#7
I always thought graffitti looked pretty cool, never really looked into it, I do disagree with people that it is ruining propert except stuff that says like "White People fail"- not real just came to my mind lol, but yeah it is pretty cool
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There is a big difference between just tagging your name on a wall and creating a masterpiece of a picture on a wall. Tagging is vandalism. Graffiti done right is art.


+1, tagging makes places look disgusting IMO, but Graffiti art can look awesome.
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#9
Graffiti is vandalism which is against the law, I tell you what. People should have hobbbies like grilling steaks or restoring trucks with their old man.
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There is a big difference between just tagging your name on a wall and creating a masterpiece of a picture on a wall. Tagging is vandalism. Graffiti done right is art.


+ Infinity.

Tagging such as "Chris wuz ea luvin Katie 2k9" is annoying.

People like Banksy are true Artists.
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There is a big difference between just tagging your name on a wall and creating a masterpiece of a picture on a wall. Tagging is vandalism. Graffiti done right is art.

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I really like Banksy. He doesn't just tag shit and call it a day. He does actual art. And it's mad good.
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Definitely agree with the tagging thing, if you can make your tag's letters SPEAK, then it can be amazing, but the simple spray paint sh*t is annoying. Also, there are some amazing murals and street art out there to check out.

Here's a pretty cool gallery for anyone who's interested.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/grafarc/
And of course ATL, the nearest city with ACTUAL graffiti to me http://www.flickr.com/groups/atlantagraffiti/
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There is a big difference between just tagging your name on a wall and creating a masterpiece of a picture on a wall. Tagging is vandalism. Graffiti done right is art.


+100

This.

I LOVE proper Graffiti. Just not the bullshit scribbles everywhere.
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At the very least, it made me laugh when I went past it. Sadly the shop owner wont be laughing.

I hate this type of graffiti though, I like the more artistic/strange stuff.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&source=hp&q=canal+street,+glasgow&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Canal+St,+Glasgow,+Lanarkshire+G4+0AD,+United+Kingdom&ll=55.873355,-4.248726&spn=0.002378,0.006899&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=55.873228,-4.248677&panoid=4rvW39QAsFG1Icbd4hsPSQ&cbp=12,39.36,,0,3.74

In the dark, this can be rather confusing but it adds something to the area.
#19
Its just a shame so many people waste time tagging gang signs and abbreviations that no one understands; it is a very awesome and colorful form of art.
#20
90% of the time graffiti is done by worthless vandals just trying to be cool and make their mark on society. They deface what is most of the time good, public property for shits and giggles. I am fine with graffiti that's tasteful, clever, or funny, but just straight up vandalism can go die.
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#21
I don't think it has to necessarily be beautiful either. Good artwork is definitely ok, and most anything else is usually just scribbles and names, but productive material and ideas don't need to be anything more than words.
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#22
European Graffiti tends to make a social or political statement more often than not.

Examples:

http://img222.imageshack.us/i/graffitiwallbycoolbabyul5.jpg/

http://www.britishblogs.co.uk/images/492793.jpg

....while your standard American Graffiti is a bit dumbed down to say the least.

Examples:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_C07BRrhwpV0/SFaaiRzWtCI/AAAAAAAAAUY/xCX_8HLtvek/101_0355.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_fVk0klvvjiY/Sotx_qXmQxI/AAAAAAAAAE0/YPF6ae0Raa4/IMAG0114.jpg

Not saying that aren't any talented and intelligent American graffiti artists, just speaking from personal experiences.

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European Graffiti tends to make a social or political statement more often than not.

Examples:

http://img222.imageshack.us/i/graffitiwallbycoolbabyul5.jpg/

http://www.britishblogs.co.uk/images/492793.jpg

....while your standard American Graffiti is a bit dumbed down to say the least.

Examples:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_C07BRrhwpV0/SFaaiRzWtCI/AAAAAAAAAUY/xCX_8HLtvek/101_0355.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_fVk0klvvjiY/Sotx_qXmQxI/AAAAAAAAAE0/YPF6ae0Raa4/IMAG0114.jpg

Not saying that aren't any talented and intelligent American graffiti artists, just speaking from personal experiences.


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I don't think it has to necessarily be beautiful either. Good artwork is definitely ok, and most anything else is usually just scribbles and names, but productive material and ideas don't need to be anything more than words.


Exactly, I was driving through Louisville and saw in simple bubble letters "Stop the chain of ignorance." While this is rather cliched, it did get me thinking, which is what it was intended to do.
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#25
European Graffiti tends to make a social or political statement more often than not.

Examples:

http://img222.imageshack.us/i/graffitiwallbycoolbabyul5.jpg/

http://www.britishblogs.co.uk/images/492793.jpg

....while your standard American Graffiti is a bit dumbed down to say the least.

Examples:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_C07BRrhwpV0/SFaaiRzWtCI/AAAAAAAAAUY/xCX_8HLtvek/101_0355.jpg


http://lh4.ggpht.com/_fVk0klvvjiY/Sotx_qXmQxI/AAAAAAAAAE0/YPF6ae0Raa4/IMAG0114.jpg

Not saying that aren't any talented and intelligent American graffiti artists, just speaking from personal experiences.

Those are joke excuses examples for American graffiti.

This is REAL graffiti



And there are plenty of outdoor murals and street art in America that make deep social and political statements.
#26
Graffiti has two sides, the toys and the artists. I love the art of graffiti and i hate the vandalism of graffiti.

My favorite sub-genre of graffiti is definitely stencils. For example:



This guy Snik has amazing photorealistic stuff, that I love.
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#27
I think tagging for no reason is stupid. Graffiti art is cool, but I hate the fact that it uses someones property for a free canvas.
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#28
Painting on someone elses propert is prety despicable. Buy a canvas!
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#29
Banksy is amazing, I love his work. One of my mates from university on his year out went around London and Bristol, searching for Banksy's tags, and actually managed to meet the guy.

And then I got this book as a birthday present, which was amazing:
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its my dream to spray paint that somewherer but i cant do it in my town cause everyone will know it was me, cause i write it everywhere xP
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i love graffiti. I saw all sorts of tags all over Madrid. google graffiti in spain its incredible
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some of it is really cool, like the actual art stuff not just tags. dont have a favourite guy though
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#37
I think the art itself is actually really cool. But I'm only talking about the good stuff. Having a queer little sign or your nick name up on a wall isn't cool at all.

What really pisses me off is when the graffiti artists tag private buildings. I don't really give a shit if you tag the city signs or the bridges or sidewalks or bus stops or whatever, but private buisnesses shouldn't be tagged.
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#38
this isn't graffiti per se, but still street art that kicks ass.





yeah, people actually paint this on the ground. amazing.
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Banksy is amazing, I love his work. One of my mates from university on his year out went around London and Bristol, searching for Banksy's tags, and actually managed to meet the guy.

And then I got this book as a birthday present, which was amazing:


I still think the greatest thing about that book is the quote on the back...

Also, do you know where any of his pieces in Bristol are? I'm there now and I'm staying until wednesday. I'll have a bit of free time to go check them out.
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