Graffiti is Art

The dictionary defines graffiti as something so simple and understated. “Writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.”  That graffiti is comparable to a scratch on a table at the local Chinese restaurant. Yet when art is defined you understand the beauty of its purpose and its place in this world. “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”. When I read that personally, I think of all the graffiti I have ever seen. That in every piece of work there is an emotional power that overcomes me.
Not every piece of graffiti is going to be some form of tagging or gang related. Sometimes it’s put out there where everyone can see so that it makes you think. Often in my old history in high school, we went over what the comics from the cold war meant. That they were some piece of art that was to make you laugh but there was also a deeper mean that was true. To see the meaning, you had to look longer than just a quick glance. Graffiti is the same way. One of my favorite pieces is in Chicago. It’s a beautiful piece of art that blends the cultures of women in Chicago. Together we are stronger.
As you take a deeper look you see the stereotypes of each woman. The oppression that their culture has placed on them. Take one more look though. The piece is only outlining what has made them strong and what has brought them to be. There is no definition of women that will explain us all but here you see the wrinkles that brought wisdom to all generations to come, the color the brings expressions of the heart, and the power that created women with a voice.
Now the typical everyday graffiti still has its story. Somewhere out there someone is fighting for their constitutional right of expression without fear of repercussions. Just as everyone else we all want our place in this world. We want to be heard and expressed. Some people use social media, some use their voice, and other use art. Try some graffiti of your own and feel the confidence it brings. Graffiti is art.
-Abigail