Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cool Graffiti Art

Graffiti is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is any type of public markings that may appear in the forms of simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. In modern times, spray paint, normal paint and markers have become the most commonly used materials. In most countries, defacing property with graffiti without the property owner's consent is considered vandalism, which is punishable by law. Sometimes graffiti is employed to communicate social and political messages. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions; to others it is merely vandalism. Graffiti has since evolved into a pop culture existence often related to underground hip hop music and b-boying creating a lifestyle that remains hidden from the general public. Graffiti is used as a gang signal to mark territory or to serve as an indicator or "tag" for gang-related activity. The controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials/ law enforcement and graffitists looking to display their work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing artform whose value is highly contested, being reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.Learning to produce great pieces of graffiti art takes time and a lot of practice and dedication. You need lots of artistic ability and plenty of attitude that you can translate into your art. Generally great graffiti art will be painted in vivid colours, to create emotive images and grab attention. Include graffiti style lettering with letters that overlap and are drawn in 3D. In particular the use of the bold style lettering is really distinctive to graffiti art. The images themselves will usually be hard hitting, and be painted in stark colours utilising strong shadows and outlines to add depth and definition. Images usually depict social or political issues close to the artist's heart.

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1 comment:

Luke Johnson said...

This street art is really cool. I remember I watched a documentary a few years back about the artists that do these pieces in the street and on professional level as well. It was really interesting to see who the people were behind some of these socially and politically charged pieces.

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