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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19 Responses to The Great Graffiti Debate

  1. Ziad says:

    I am looking forward to this English topic seems interesting seen as people like to Graffiti/do this crime.

  2. Ziad says:

    I am looking forward to this English topic seems interesting seen as people like to Graffiti/do this crime.

  3. 0272011aw1 says:

    The mass media is promoting graffiti as an urban street art.This has contributed to its spread.It’s not really reported to the police even though it is a form of vandalism.For lots of people,graffiti is a symbol of the government’s failure to control lawbreakers.In the United States,an estimated $12 billion a year is spent on cleaning graffiti.
    Types of graffiti:
    GANG GRAFFITI-Used by gangs to either mark turf or threatening/violent messages.
    IDEOLOGICAL GRAFFITI-Used by people to show hate.
    TAGGER GRAFFITI-high-volume simple hits to complex street art.
    Graffiti is commonly found on cars,busses,subways,trains and many more.Graffiti is one of the ways to express your feelings because it is a type of art.Some people think graffitists want to leave a message on walls so they can reach a lot of people.

  4. 0272011ed says:

    Graffiti are writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted 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.

  5. Chloe says:

    Some people pay graffiti artists to do graffiti on their buildings. In the 1980 some graffiti artists like Keith Haring was famous by then . Modern graffiti was made famous in New York City in the early 1970 by the children of class
    For Graffiti Against Graffiti
    Graffiti can show messages Graffiti is a Waste of money
    Graffiti can be art Waste of important police time trying to
    clean it up
    Graffiti is a kind of street art it can be a legal if it has no permission but if you do it is not legal .

  6. 0272011hp says:

    The term graffiti comes from the Greek word ‘graphein’ which means ‘to write’Most graffiti artists prefer to be called ‘writers’ and each have their own unique ‘tag’Artists who are into graffiti have a desire for public recognition and want to see their work around town Spray cans are most commonly used in graffiti as they have different nozzles for different coverage.
    by humayra

  7. 0272011hs says:

    I found some information about Keith Haring who is the great Graffiti artist was born on 4th May 1958. Keith Haring always thought of himself as a funny- looking kid, which might be why kids all over the world responded to him. Keith said,
    “I found out that I can make any kid slime.” It’s probably from having a funny face to begin with and looking and acting like a kid. Keith middle name was Allen. In high school Keith knew he wanted to become an artist. Although he loved the cartoon characters of Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schultz (especially Charlie Brown), he now wanted to do abstract drawings.
    Abstract fine art of or relating to the formal aspect of art.
    “I was 15 when I began hanging out with a lot of kids who were troublemakers, ” he said.
    Troublemakers- a person who causes difficulties, distress, worry
    Keith mother said,
    “We tried to get him to change, to stay home more, to study more.” In 1978, when he was 20 years old Keith decided to go New York City where he can go to School of Visual Arts. It was great meeting Kenny Scharf and Jean Micheal Basque at, who became Keith friends and also wanted to become artist.“Graffiti were the most beautiful things I ever saw,” Keith said.In 1980, soon after leaving the School of Visual Arts, Keith began drawing his own graffiti on the streets. Like other graffiti artists, he invented his own tag or signature. This is all what I found about Graffiti artist.
    By Hena

  8. Faizan says:

    Banksy is a very famous for Graffiti art. His name is remained as unknown. His work appears on streets, walls, bridges ,underground train station and around the world. As of 2014 Banksy is a British Culture icon. His work changes-hands for lots of money.

  9. Mujtaba says:

    Jean Michel Basquiat was born on the December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York City. He was just 27 when he died, on the 12 August 1998. Jean was the second of four children of Matilde Andrades and and Gérard Basquiat. He changed from an underground graffiti artist into a painter who commanded many thousands of dollars for his canvases. He had two younger sisters: Lisane, born in 1964, and Jeanine, born in 1967. Jean Michel was a child who learned how to read and write by age four and was a gifted artist! His teachers, such as artist Jose Machado, noticed his artistic abilities, and his mother encouraged her son’s artistic talent. By the age of 11, Basquiat was fully fluent in French, Spanish and English! In 1967, he started attending ‘Saint Ann’s’, an arts private school. In September 1968, at the age of seven, he was hit by a car while playing in the street. His arm was broken and he suffered a lot of injuries. His parents separated that year and he and his sisters were raised by their father.At 15, Basquiat ran away from home. He slept on park benches in Tompkins Square Park, and was arrested and returned to the care of his father within a week. His father kicked him out from the house for dropping out of high school, and Jean stayed with friends in Brooklyn. He supported himself by selling T-shirts and homemade post cards.

  10. Ziad says:

    Graffiti is a art but sometimes might get to a crime.Graffiti is sometimes done in public illegally or Legally.Graffiti is a crime when you do it on somebody claimed land without them knowing you did it which sometimes might get you to pay big fines or even jail time but you can do Graffiti on someones land if they have gave you permission.In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most used graffiti materials.The first modern graffiti writer is widely considered to be Cornbread, a high school student from Philadelphia, who in 1967 started tagging city walls to get the attention of a girl. But it was only in the 1980s that galleries began to showcase graffiti as a Amazing art.Keith was born on May 4, 1958. He grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. He started to draw right away.As Keith grew up, he continued to draw and make art.He went to museums to see modern amazing art.After high school, he went to art school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a year. He started making large drawings, when he was 19, he had his first public show.Thats when he moved to new york and his carrier started.

  11. Elida says:

    Keith Allen Haring was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti- like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Artist Keith Haring was best known for his graffiti-inspired drawing which he first mad in subway station and later exhibited in museum’s.

  12. 0272011ba says:

    *Keith Haring really liked to draw emojies but also liked to draw cartoons .
    *He lived in a New York City.
    *Keith also liked to cut things and make collages .
    *His favourite cartoons were Micky Mouse ,Dr. Suess and Peanuts.
    *He was born on May 4th ,1958.
    *He grew up in Kutztown , Pennsylvania.
    *He was the eldest from his 4 brothers .
    *In 1978,Keith moved to New York City and went to a different art school.
    By Besma. 🙂 🙂

  13. 0272011ar says:

    Jean Michel Basquit is a famous graffiti artist. Sadly, Jean died of drugs by having too many high medicines [when Jean died he was 28 years old]. The fabulous Roman’s were the founders of graffiti, without the Roman’s there is no graffiti. Modern graffiti is made by using spray scans on a public wall in any color the person wants it to be! Tagging is everywhere. There is not one city, town, village, underpass or toilet that doesn’t have at least one of these ‘urban autographs’. Art is a way to express your feelings, and this is what graffiti means and Graffiti artists want to leave a message on walls so that it can reach to lots of people. A wall is the best place where you can make them because everybody can see them, and there are lots of walls. People are also against graffiti because it is damaging and ruing our environment and a lot of signs have been tagged over by some graffiti and it could cause road accidents as a result of driver’s confusion!

  14. 0272011ls1 says:

    We have been researching about graffiti. Let me tell you all about it! Graffiti is the name for image or letting scratched or scrawled on public property. Graffiti has exiested since ancient time. People are used to seeing graffiti art in public spaces, after all that what makes it graffiti. However after years of gaining recognition by the art community graffiti art has been shown in various galleries in New York and London and artiest are often commissioned to do legal mural. The word graffiti is from Greek graphien to write Ancient graffiti scratched their work into walls before the advent of spray paint as in frescose. starting with the large scale ubanization of the 20 century urban gargs would mark walls and other piece.

  15. 0272011ap says:

    Graffiti is an type of art that shows emotion and graffiti tags is an artist painting there feelings. However doing graffiti on someone else’s property that you do not have permission to do graffiti on is not acceptable. Drawing is difficult and graffiti artists are amazing at what they do but that dosen’t mean you can do graffiti anywhere you want. Some people (that go to public places) feel unsafe when there is graffiti on the wall (depending on what type of graffiti it is) so thats why places like librarys (or any public place) don’t allow people to do graffiti on the buildings walls.

  16. 0272011am says:

    Banksy started off as a freehand graffiti artist in 1990, in Bristol as part of the DryBreadZ crew.
    Banksy met Bristol photographer Steve Lazarides, who began selling Banksy’s work,later becoming his agent.
    Banksy later began to use the stencilling technique in his graffiti style, as it took less time to create, but his methods remain unkown.
    Banksy’s real name and identity remain unknown.
    Banksy is known as a cultural icon.
    Some of his artwork was damaged or painted over.
    Some of Banksy’s artwork include : Balloon girl, show me the monet and Brexit.

  17. 0272011eh says:

    Graffiti is a debatable thing people love it and people hate it . I like it because it expresses your feelings . Emma-lee likes graffiti because it expesses art. Graffiti is hated because it is a disturction to propote

  18. 0272011ba says:

    I really enjoyed learning about Graffiti and why people like it and why others don’t. People like Graffiti because it is express art but others don’t because it can cause crime.

    By Besma 🙂 🙂

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