What really is graffiti? Find causes, effects and solutions below
Graffiti: Writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. That is the definition of graffiti. Graffiti is a strange kind of art. Some people view it as vandalism, while others view it as a beautiful form of public art. It can cost governments millions of dollars every year just to remove graffiti. They have better things to spend their money on like homeless shelters for example. Graffiti has many causes and motives such as trying to fit in and be “cool” with all the other kids. Now you will learn all about graffitis causes and motives as you read this report.
As mentioned graffiti has many causes and motives. Graffiti is one of the four big talents in hip-hop culture. These talents are breakdancing, graffiti, DJ skills, and microphone skills. This is one cause of graffiti because today hip-hop is very popular and hip-hop culture requires graffiti so this causes a fair amount of graffiti each year. This is one of the largest causes of graffiti each year.
Another major cause of graffiti is people sometimes want to express their feeling in an artistic way, but do not know how to do so. This is a big reason why graffiti is also considered art instead of vandalism by many people around the world. While being one of the greatest causes of graffiti each year, it is the most beautiful form of graffiti.
Graffiti has also negative causes one of them being people wanting to be rebellious to society. One of these reasons people want to rebel against society is because they have been oppressed by society for so long that they feel they must make them feel like they have felt for so long. This is a moderate cause for graffiti but not even close to the biggest cause. In other words a small percentage of graffiti originates from this specific cause.
Everyone loves fame and glory. Well guess what, a fair amount of graffiti around the world is caused by graffiti artists that hunger for fame and glory. They want fame and glory because they realize they have amazing artistic talent and they want to use it for their own personal good. Well the world is a big place and fame matters out there.
Many children in the world like to defy their parents and their parents rules, this is so similar to graffiti artists and the authorities. The graffiti artists are like the children, they do not like their parents rules so they defy their parents and the rules and do graffiti. While the authorities are like the parents who keep everyone in line and make all the punishments. In other words the parents are the judge, and the jury. This is what graffiti artists do to defy the authorities, they do not like the rules about graffiti being illegal so they go ahead and do graffiti any way to show we do what we want to do. Pretty brave considering that you could be thrown in jail, and have a criminal record just because you did graffiti.
You have probably heard of a talent show, where people exhibit their talent, but in talent shows they never have art, and would not have graffiti. That leaves people with artistic talent wondering how to express their talent. Guess what they think of, “Hey to exhibit my talent why don’t I draw on my neighbor Johns property?” is just one of the most understandable reasons that people do graffiti.
Now you have learned the causes of graffiti. Now go spread the word, graffiti can be art to, just if it is done with the owners permission, or if that wall is the graffiti artists own property. It is a very simple solution that people attempt to make as complicated as rocket science. What do you think graffiti is art or vandalism?
Effects of Graffiti
First of all, what do people think of graffiti? Do they think it’s vandalism or a form of art? If you use it carefully, it can be art but if you take advantage of it, it can be vandalism. The effects of graffiti can be both good and bad. On the bad side you could get a criminal record, it’s harmful to your health and it can be difficult and expensive to clean up. On the good side, it can be used to bring awareness to political issues, it can be a form of self-expression and it can brighten up dark or ugly parts of a city.
Most graffiti is done by gangs to mark their territory and to leave messages. When you get caught doing graffiti, you don’t get a warning and then you’re off the hook, you have to go to court, you might have to pay a fine and maybe spend time in juvenile detention. You will have a criminal record, which means that you have a record of being convicted of a felony and colleges won’t accept you because of your criminal record.
Another negative effect of graffiti is that it is harmful to your health. You have a chance of getting lung disease because you will breathe in the paint fumes when you are creating the graffiti. If you don’t wear the proper gear, like a mask there is a risk of lung disease.
Graffiti can also be very difficult and expensive to clean up. When gangs do graffiti it can sometimes be quite a mess for the cleaners. The government will also have to pay millions of dollars just to clean up graffiti off of the walls. Plus it wastes the cleaners’ time.
On the good side graffiti can be a used to bring awareness to political issues. Ai Wei Wei is a very important artist from China who used graffiti to get his message out about political issues. Even though he was arrested by the Chinese government, he still got his message out. His art is now on display at the AGO in Toronto.
Graffiti is also good because it can be used for self-expression. Hip hop groups have a hard time getting their music on the radio and TV so they advertise it by using graffiti art. They might write their names and the titles of their CD’s and maybe a picture of their album.
Finally, graffiti can brighten up dark or ugly parts of a city. People who ride buses and trains can look at the graffiti on buses and walls and see art rather than plain, boring stuff. There is a lot of really interesting graffiti on buildings and abandoned places in Toronto and other big cities. Sometimes, the government likes the art so much, they think twice about washing it away.
Now that I have shown the positive effects of graffiti and negative effects I will talk about programs that support graffiti. One program is START, START stands for street art. This is a program that allows people to do graffiti on walls with permission from the government. As you see that graffiti can be allowed and not allowed.
Graffiti is a very popular crisis in many areas of the world but how are we going to stop it and make a solution to it? What are the big cities doing about it? Well in this area of the report, you’ll have an inside look on the TPS and the NYPD and how they prepare for graffiti stoppage and you’ll learn lots more about graffiti and the key things related to solutions.
In this paragraph I will be talking about the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and how they control graffiti. The TPS Graffiti Management Program focuses on five key elements which are enforcement, intelligence, gathering/management, community partnership/engagement and restorative justice-diversion.
The TPS works with the Toronto Ant-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS). This team tries to specialize in reducing violence and creating lower for victims in “hot spots” or high-risk areas. TAVIS has the following teams. TAVIS Rapid Response Team, Each division’s TAVIS plan, Neighborhood TAVIS Initiative, Community Mobilization and Protection in the Entertainment District.
These teams are all responsible for the reporting of graffiti and trying to track the suspect responsible for the felony.
TAVIS is affiliated with the following, who experience lots of graffiti on their property. They are the City of Toronto, Toronto Transit Commission(TTC), Toronto Community Housing Corp., Toronto Hydro, GO Transit, Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada Post, Ontario Hydro, Toronto Association of Police and Private Security, City Business Improvement Association, 19 local divisional and Community Liasion Committees, 10 community Consultative Committees.
So the next time you’re stuck waiting for a freight train going back and forth, you can see how much graffiti is plastered onto the outside!
The following methods are ones that TPS uses to control graffiti:
installation of security cameras, restrict access to buildings, paint surfaces in dark colours, protect your walls with a protective coating, neighborhood watch groups or plant vines or thorny plants along walls.
TPS’ strategy doesn’t really revolve around restriction, but it revolves more around covering walls and restriction is sort of like a last resort.
The following strategies have been used used by other cities attempting to solve a growing graffiti problem. Setting up a graffiti hotline, considering local anti-graffiti laws, launching an adopt-a-spot, conducting a local graffiti assessment, keeping a database, engaging at-risk youth, offering removal kits, providing victim assistance , working with law enforcement, practicing crime prevention through environmental design, putting graffiti vandals “on notice”, holding a “graffiti summit” or focusing on hot spots are all great strategies to stop graffiti in your community.
FACT: When graffiti is put on your own property, you are now responsible for it therefore, you have to clean it or you can hire someone to do it for you. This is also part of the reason why graffiti artists are committing an illegal act, because where they do graffiti is not apart of their property.
The NYPD takes a little bit different approach then how the TPS does it. They use education as a prime weapon and they educate people on how graffiti and other vandalism is not a legal act. The NYPD Citywide Vandals Task Force regularly speak at Community Board Meetings, schools and other venues explaining that vandalism is not legal and that keeping public areas clean will go a long way in regards to preventing problems from getting even worse. They also try to draw children’s attention away from graffiti culture and keeping a negative mindset on graffiti and anything related to it (vandalism).
So now my group members and I hope you have learned about safe ways to preventing graffiti because who knows if you will ever come across it.
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