Graffiti Vandalism

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Structures that stretch high above of the hustle and bustle of cars and people on the ground level, going through any big city numerous attractions can steal your attention away. There’s so much to absorb some things will never be noticed. Walls of buildings and sides of train cars are rarely acknowledged with all the advertising, architecture, and of course the “tagging.” An average person would consider the widespread art form of graffiti an eyesore, but others would disagree. Who's to say what is art as opposed to trash vandalism? Since the late 60’s people have hit the streets, cans of paint in hand, to scrawl their wildest dreams onto whatever “canvas” they could find. Philadelphia high school student Cornbread is credited with starting this movement in 1967 in attempts to get the attention of a girl he fancied (The History Of American Graffiti). Others took notice and began to search for any surface they could post up a “piece.” Graffiti is stereotypically defined to be strictly in a public place or be illegal. Opposite to that there are legal graffiti locations such as 5 Pointz in Queens or street museums such as Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn run by Joe Ficalora where people are allowed to paint as they please free from repercussions (Kennedy, Graffiti Art of the City, From the Bronx to Brooklyn). Additionally, since it’s expansion, in the 80s galleries began to showcase this “vandalism” as artworks. Curators and collectors even began to hire artists to create

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