The Great Graffiti Debate

During our new English topic of discussion writing, we are going to be thinking about the arguments for and against graffiti. Most people will have their own opinion about graffiti but to be able to write a balanced argument and debate a topic we need to know both sides of the argument.

As part of your homework this week we would like you to use the websites that you have been given to find out some more information about graffiti and post what you find out on our blog.

You could include:

*information about famous graffiti artists e.g. Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Banksy

*information about different forms of graffiti e.g Ancient graffiti, modern graffiti, tags, throw-ups, fill in, clothes and fashion

*arguments for and against graffiti

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21 Responses to The Great Graffiti Debate

  1. 0272011ps says:

    Famous graffiti artist:
    Jean Michel Basquiat was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO. He sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets before his painting career took off.
    Different forms of graffiti:
    Ancient graffiti has existed since cavemen began telling their stories through art drawn on the walls of caves.
    A tag is the most basic writing of an artist’s name. A graffiti writers tag is his or her personalized signature.
    Why we like art:
    Art is away to express your feelings and this is what graffiti means.
    People like graffiti because it’s colourful and it covers the plain walls.
    Sometimes graffiti tells stories.
    Why we don’t like graffiti:
    Graffiti is illegal on homes or shops were people do not want it.
    People don’t like graffiti because they don’t like to look at it and it ruins the walls.
    Many people do not like them because they make places dirty, abandoned and unsafe.

    By Paige

    • 0272011eg1 says:

      Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on May 4, 1958. He became interested in art at a very young age. He studied commercial art from 1976 to 1978 at Pittsburgh’s Ivy School of Professional Art but lost interest in it. he then drew pictures of New York subways.

      Some people like graffiti because;
      It is a way to express your feelings.
      There are places where painting graffiti is allowed.
      Graffiti artists want to leave a message on walls so that it can reach to lots of people.
      Some of them can be really beautiful, if they are well painted, and if the people know how to paint or has some experience on it.

      Others don’t like graffiti because;
      Graffiti is illegal, in homes or shops where people do not want them done however, it is sometimes still done there.
      Many people do not like them because they make places look dirty,abandoned and unsafe.
      Graffiti aren’t in museums or art galleries that’s why they aren’t sometimes classed as art.
      Local governments spend a big amount of money in removing graffiti from towns and cities.

      By Emily,

  2. 0272011ma says:

    Graffiti is a writing or a drawing that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted on a wall or other places, often were public can see. Graffiti range from simple words to wall paintings, and they have existed since ancient times, during Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Time. Did you know the word graffiti comes from the Greek word ‘graphein’ which means ‘to write’. Most graffiti artists prefer to be called writers and each have their own tag and a tag is a kind of sort, easy signature, (Tag style is the most basic and quickest form of graffiti writing. It is usually a representation of the artists name and is used as a way to gain recognition by being seen in a lot of places and as a signiture for larger pieces).

    Different Types Of Graffiti Style:
    Throw up style (is like a tag a bit) a quick method of graffiti writing. It is done by making a layer of paint in one colour and a quick outline of the letters in another. It’s a number of words have come to explain different styles and of graffiti. Did you know Throw up graffiti comes from the United States?! Like other jargon, ( Jargon is a type of language that is used in a particular context and may not be well understood outside that context) some noun in different cities and countries.
    Wild style is much more complicated than any of the ones I just mentioned. The letters are very blended and highly decorated. This type of writing can be very difficult to translate to normal.It may include arrows, spikes, and other decorative objects depending on the technique used. The layers and shapes make this style extremely difficult to draw alike , which is why developed style is seen as one of the greatest artistic challenges to a graffiti writer.
    Jean Michel Basquiat:
    Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, punk, and street art movements had coales. His paintings in galleries and museum on purpose.

    Timeline
    1976:In 1976, Basquiat and friend Al Diaz began spray painting graffiti on buildings in Lower Manhattan, working under the pseudonym SAMO.
    1978:In 1978, Basquiat worked for the Unique Clothing Warehouse, in their art department, at 718 Broadway in NoHo and at night he began “SAMO” painting his original graffiti art on neighborhood buildings.
    1979:When Basquiat and Diaz ended their friendship, The SAMO project ended with the epitaph “SAMO IS DEAD”, inscribed on the walls of SoHo buildings in 1979.
    1980:In 1980, Basquiat starred in O’Brien’s independent film Downtown 81, originally titled New York Beat.
    1981:In December 1981, René Ricard published “The Radiant Child” in Artforum magazine, which brought Basquiat to the attention of the art world.
    1988:Despite an attempt at sobriety during a trip to Maui, Hawaii, he died on August 12, 1988, of a heroin overdose at his art studio on Great Jones Street in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood.
    By Melody 6C

  3. 0272011ko says:

    On Tuesday we were starting to learn about graffiti. Graffiti is a part of artwork on a property, land or building site. It started in 1960. Graffiti is normally used with gangs and artists. Gangs do graffiti on a land. They show that to say that is there land. The most popular graffities are a person, innisouls, name or symble. A few years ago schools wanted to have graffiti to show that graffiti is not only for adults and artists. There are sime innapropiate graffities that are illeagul E.G swearing and innapropiate pictures. I am really exited to learn more about this.

  4. 0272011im says:

    I think graffiti is sometimes cool and artistic.However, when it is on people’s houses or on shops or bus stops I think it spoils them. I think people use graffiti as something to do when they’re bored, to have a laugh with their mates or to try to appear cool and grown up.

  5. Lewis makin says:

    Graffiti artist :
    Jean Michelle Basquiat was born on the December 22, 1960 and died in August 12, 1988 he was an American artist ‍ and his fame started on behalf of SAMO who were a graffiti duo. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art and many more of his art is stored in ofer museums across the world . He approached poetry, drawing, ,painting ,abstraction and figuration. He used social commentary in his paintings as a advertisement to deeper truths about people as well as attacks on racism. He died of a heroin overdose.

    Keith Haring :
    He was born on may 4 1958 and died on 16 February 1990. Hewas an American artist ‍ and graffiti. Most of his work was on the streets of new your city . His work became very popular on the subway by him drawing outings using chalk. Some include
    depicting radiant babies, flying saucers, and deified dogs.His later work often addressed political and societal themes.

    Different forms of graffiti:
    Ancient graffiti is not using paint they used to engrave it on to plaster and stick the board up.

    Morden graffiti is using paint and it’s usually words and pictures.

    Tags a tag is your like group or solo name which you put to say that you did this pice of art.

    Throw ups is a quick one coat bubble writing ✍️ to do quickly.

    Graffiti clothes are very dirty and scruffy and like street worn.

    My argument:
    My argument is that graffiti should be banned. I think this because you pay £4.40 (bolton to Manchester Victoria) train ticket and you get surrended by graffiti you should expect a nice clean area. And just to go to ikea from eccles to Ashton under Lyme you pay £4.40 you only want to go shopping but oh know you get graffiti all around you and what makes it word is that the prices for tram and train tickets have reason if your paying more you should have a better service. But you get to Ashton and you see a load of graffiti on the walls so you are letting your city and area look ran down.

  6. Fatemeh says:

    Graffiti is a writing or a drawing that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted on a wall or other places, often were public can see. Graffiti range from simple words to wall paintings, and they have existed since ancient times, during Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Time. Did you know the word graffiti comes from the Greek word ‘graphing’ which means ‘to write’. Most graffiti artists prefer to be called writers and each have their own tag and a tag is a kind of sort, easy signature,

  7. 0272011jf says:

    Graffiti is a artistic scribble or name tag on a wall or on something else. It is usually done by people in gangs or crews sometimes can be by one person. Graffiti is now an illegal thing known as vandalism some graffiti is allowed. Graffiti started in 1960 by a Graffiti artist. Some people do graffiti thinking they will look cool and all grown up but graffiti can sometimes spoil things.

  8. 0272011fh says:

    Art is a way to express your feelings and this is what Graffiti does. People dont like Graffiti because it is done in shops and homes which is were people dont want it being done. Some people use graffiti to write a message on the walls where lots of people see it . Graffiti is illegal but in places like Miami there is a full wall of graffiti. People like it because it tells a story . People graffiti over signs on the road so that makes people get distracted by looking at it and it can also cause alot of accidents on the road. Banksy , is an anonymous England based Graffiti artist . Banksy was born in 1974, Bristol. Each Graffiti Artist has their own tag , a tag is something that graffiti artists use which is like their name written in a arty way . By Freya 6c

  9. Aisha says:

    Artist Kieth Haring:
    Kieth Haring was born on the 4th May 1958. He had moved to New York in 1978 and had started to use the city as his canvas using chalk in subway stations. Kieth’s drawings were eventually seen everywhere from public murals and nightclubs to galleries and museums around the world. He was influenced by many people involving ‘Pablo Picasso’.

    Different Forms of Graffiti:
    Ancient Graffiti was used by many Era’s(ear-as) such as: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Ancient Graffiti was also used for writing stories on walls or a sign of territory by the cavemen. This type of graffiti can be found in ‘Cueva de las Manos’ also known as ‘The cave of hands’.

    Arguments for and against Graffiti:
    FOR:
    *Graffiti can create teamwork for people who don’t like working together.
    *It brightens up dull areas of towns and cities.
    *People use can use their imagination to create whatever they want.
    *Some Graffiti artists want to leave messages on walls so that it can reach many people.
    AGAINST:
    *It is illegal to do graffiti in shops and homes where people don’t like them.
    *It can cause accidents on roads in result to the drivers distraction.
    *Local governments spend vast amounts of money clearing out graffiti art done by graffiti artists.
    *It makes places look abandoned,filthy and messy.
    By Aisha N 6C

  10. Priya says:

    The first modern graffiti writer is considered to be a high school student from Philadelphia, who started to tag in 1967 on city walls to get the attention of a girl. But it was only in the 1980s that galleries began to showcase graffiti as artwork. The word graffiti comes from the Italian word graffito, which means scratched. Art historians believe the term graffiti came from the fact that the earliest forms of graffiti were carved on walls with sharp objects.
    The most famous graffiti artists are:
    Banksy (Bristol) – graffiti, stencil graffiti.
    Cartrain (London-Leytonstone) – stencil, collage.
    James Cochran (London) – graffiti, street art, murals.
    Andy Council (Bristol) – graffiti, murals.
    Cutup (London) – billboards.
    Darren Cullen (London) – graffiti, stencil graffiti
    Did you know that graffiti is one of the four elements of hip hop?????????

  11. Jayden Cross says:

    Graffiti:

    Graffiti are writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched or painted on a wall or other surfaces within public view. They date back to ancient times some examples are Stone Age cave paintings, hieroglyphics (and ancient Egyptian writing system) and Roman Empire examples found in houses as well as pottery they help us to understand past languages and can be classed as art.

    Types of graffiti:

    Tagging-is the easiest an simplest style of graffiti it includes one colour and the artists personalised version of a signature (most common)

    Throw up-a more complicated tag fast painted with two or three colours

    Examples of famous graffiti artists:

    Jean Michel Basquiat was a American artist who first achieved fame as part of SAMO a duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams throughout his career he focused on “suggestive dichotomies” , such as wealth v poverty, integration v segregation and inner v outer.

    Banksy is an anonymous, notorious, popular, England based, graffiti artist he uses a distinctive stencilling technique. Banksy’s work has featured throughout the world on streets, walls and bridges of city’s his works have dealt with political and social themes including anti-war and anti-fascism to name a few.He doesn’t sell his art.

    For graffiti:

    showcases talents
    Spreads a message
    advertising
    Personal expression
    Raise money for charity
    Jobs
    Memorial

    Against graffiti:

    Environmental effects
    Criminal damage
    Gang related
    Bad influence on children
    Illegal
    Cost to remove
    Defaces property
    By Jayden 6C

  12. 0272011ta says:

    GRAFFITI:
    Graffiti (plural of graffito: “a graffito”, but “these graffiti”) are writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view. Graffiti range from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and they have existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
    In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner’s permission is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime.
    Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip hop culture, graffiti have evolved alongside hip hop musicnand other elements. Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti, gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities.
    Both “graffiti” and its occasional singular form “graffito” are from the Italian word graffiato (“scratched”). “Graffiti” is applied in art history to works of art produced by scratching a design into a surface. A related term is “sgraffito”, which involves scratching through one layer of pigment to reveal another beneath it. This technique was primarily used by potters who would glaze their wares and then scratch a design into it. In ancient times graffiti were carved on walls with a sharp object, although sometimes chalk or coal were used. The word originates from Greek γράφειν — graphein — meaning “to write.”
    HISTORY:
    The term graffiti referred to the inscriptions, figure drawings, and such, found on the walls of ancient sepulchres or ruins, as in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii. Use of the word has evolved to include any graphics applied to surfaces in a manner that constitutes vandalism.
    The only known source of the Safaitic language, a form of proto-Arabic, is from graffiti: inscriptions scratched on to the surface of rocks and boulders in the predominantly basalt desert of southern Syria, eastern Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia. Safaitic dates from the first century BC to the fourth century AD.

    Modern-style graffiti
    The first known example of “modern style” graffiti survives in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). Local guides say it is an advertisement for prostitution. Located near a mosaic and stone walkway, the graffiti shows a handprint that vaguely resembles a heart, along with a footprint and a number.
    Wildstyle is a complicated and intricate form of graffiti. Due to its complexity, it is often very hard to read by people who are not familiar with it. Usually, this form of graffiti incorporates interwoven and overlapping letters and shapes. It may include arrows, spikes, and other decorative elements depending on the technique used. The numerous layers and shapes make this style extremely difficult to produce homogeneously, which is why developing an original style in this field is seen as one of the greatest artistic challenges to a graffiti writer. Wildstyle pieces are the most complex form of piece (“masterpiece”) lettering, a stage higher than the quick simplified stylised letters known as “burners”. Wildstyle is seen as one of the most complicated and difficult masterpiece styles and refers to larger complex letters which have volume as opposed to mere signatures or graffiti art “tags”.
    Jean-Michel Basquiat ( December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992.
    Basquiat’s art focused on “suggestive dichotomies”, such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.
    By:Tosin

  13. 0272011av says:

    Famous Graffiti Artists:
    Banksy is well known Anonymous Graffiti artist, who began his career as a Graffiti artist in the 1990’s. His first piece of artwork was made in Bristol’s Graffiti gang, called DryBreadZ. Another famous artist that is popular for his amazing pieces of artwork, called Jean Michel Basquiat. He was an American artist, who first achieved fame for his Graffiti named ‘SAMO’. Basquiat had sold many pieces of artwork on pieces of clothing and postcards.
    Different Forms Of Graffiti:
    • Tag. Tagging is the easiest and simplest style of graffiti, it includes one colour and the artist’s name or identifier.
    • Throw-up. A throw-up is like a more complicated tag.
    • Blockbuster
    • Wildstyle
    • Heaven
    • Stencil
    • Poster (paste-up)
    • Sticker (slap)
    For And Against Graffiti:
    Art is a way to express your feelings and this is the meaning of Graffiti. There are many places where you can paint Graffiti and make them the way you want it to. Graffiti embellishes the society and appear in areas that are most seen by. There is a huge difference between taggers (those who scribble and dosent do art) and Graffiti artists.
    Graffiti is made illegal in places as shops and homes, where others do not want it. Most people don’t like Graffiti because it makes the place unpleasant to look at, filthy, deserted and insecure. Graffiti is not in Museums or in Art Galleries, that is why they are not art. A lot of accidents and injuries are caused by Graffiti. This is because they cause other drivers confusion on the signs that have been covered with the Graffiti

    By Aysha V

  14. 0272011aj1 says:

    Famous graffiti artist: Keith Haring. He is an American graffiti artist whose work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Keith Haring collected his first public attention with his art in the Subways (underground passageway) where he created drawings.
    Forms of graffiti:
    A tag is the easiest style of graffiti ;It includes 1 colour and the persons name. A throw-up has 2 or more colours and it has bubble-style letters.
    For: Art is a way to express your feelings and this is what graffiti means.
    It can brighten up places and covers up gloomy/dark walls.
    They sometimes can tell stories.
    Against: Graffiti are made illegal, as in homes or shops where people do not want them done.
    Many people don’t like them because tit makes places look unsafe or abandoned.
    The governments spend a huge amount of money removing the graffiti of walls.
    By Aliyah J 6C xx

  15. 0272011jd says:

    i found out that Graffiti was first found on ancient Roman architect and Graffiti refers to marks or writings, sometimes colorful, sometimes simple.Communities of writers who are friends are known as crews. i really enjoy learning about graffiti and how people are against it and how some people are for it , personally i am for because if they do it were its allowed then that is OK, and is very artistic.

  16. Umara says:

    Graffiti all started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the turn of the late 60’s with writers like Cornbread and Cool Earl. The movement took on very quickly in New York City and names and nicknames started to appear on buildings, post-boxes, phone boxes, underground tunnels, buses and finally on subway cars.Graffiti vandalism is a crime. It is the act of marking or defacing premises or other property without permission. Graffiti vandalism significantly affects individuals and the community. Tens of millions of tax payer pounds are being spent on cleaning up graffiti and repairing the damage that it causes.

    Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples going back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Graffiti can be anything from simple scratch marks to wall paintings. In modern times, spray paint and markers have become the most common used materials. In most countries, defacing property with graffiti without the property owner’s permission is considererd vandalism, which is punishable by law. Sometimes graffiti is employed to communicate social and messages. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions. However, the public generally frowns upon “tags” that deface bus stops, trains, buildings, playgrounds and other public property.

  17. Hashim says:

    GRAFFITI IS A ART today will be telling you about the man that is one of the wold best graffiti artistes called bisque he is an American artist he is one of the best in the world and has been 4 special events

  18. 0272011je says:

    Graffiti is one of the best art style . The best graffiti artist is bisque.

  19. Muhammed-Farid says:

    Jean Michal Basquiat was born on December 22 1960 and was an American artist. By the age of 20 he was part of an informal graffiti group which was where he first gained his fame. A few year short later he was producing lots of different art work for a number of museums and art galleries. In 1992 he focused more on poetry, drawing, painting and lots more. He then went on his own career with graffiti and became world famous with one of his painting sold for 10 million dollars. He sadly passed away in August 12th 1998. People option on graffiti
    Some people think graffiti is a way to express your feelings and spread a message to the community. Others thinks graffiti makes places look a mess and the government is having to pay too much to get rid of it.
    By Muhammad Farid

  20. 0272011je says:

    Graffiti is one of the best art style it will probably get your mind of everything .i really enjoyed doing graffiti and I’m looking forward to do more of this topic

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