According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, graffiti is “an inscription or drawing made on some public surface…a message or slogan…” As an artist, graffiti provides a platform for self-expression, in which the context of urban existence is directly informed, referenced and influenced by. As a student, graffiti was the only art form that provided representation of my community, my music, and my values. As an educator, graffiti has the potential to engage youth with familiar priorities of urban identity, agency, and navigation. I propose graffiti is a containment of identity, as defined by Margot Waddell, by allowing me to build an identity based purely on the merit of my efforts, liberating me away the marginalization of my physical identity. “Tagging is not simply an act of vandalism or violence; it is a social practice with its own rules and codes – a literacy practice imbued with intent and meaning.” – MacGillvray & Curwen

Graffiti. (n.d) In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

MacGillivray, L., & Curwen, M. S. (2007). Tagging as a Social Literacy Practice. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 50(5), 354-369.

Waddell, M. (1998). Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality. New York: Routledge.
by Kane One October 06, 2010
An art form that is now dead for these reasons
- Its now a felony

- Having marijuana is less of a crime
- Stores lock there paint up in cgaes

the only people who can paint have to be rich
- Its so mainstream

It used to be if you painted graffiti you improvised but now people are making millions of punks who think they can paint
- All OG writers are now dead, drug addicts, or too damn scared
graffiti is dead if you want to see how real graffiti is watch the movie piece by piece or read the book spraycan art
by ashhat1 May 19, 2012
a peace of art but people treated as something that is really bad so because of that people define it as a felony witch is not true because a lot of define it as art.
if they see a wall with graffiti letters people think is really bad so they don't agree with it.
by sivek June 08, 2010
The act of marking a surface with markers/mops,aerosol paint,bucket paint,tar,scratching the surface,etc. It is usually done illegally on private or public property. Legal work is not graffiti, it's graffiti influenced art. Graffiti has exsisted since cave drawings, but modern graffiti (other than gang graffiti) didn't begin until the early to mid 60's in philly.It is often misunderstood by the mainstream as being hip-hop. Graffiti is an important part of hip-hop, but hip-hop is not an important part of graffiti. It exsisted way before hip-hop. There is no one type of person(writers) who creates graffiti. People of every race,religion,gender,age,sexual oreintation,or social class participate.
look to the streets for examples of graffiti.
by roo83 June 02, 2009
A fun illegal crime that involves ruining walls with profanity
Mickey your under arrest for doin graffiti on public property
by Mickey_M.... November 26, 2010
writing your name or given name on a wall. usually done in big bubble like colorful letters. and urban art form. toronto bombshelter big word up. hype hype hype hype hype
you gonna come do graffiti tonight?
by hype_graff July 03, 2009
guerrilla art.
graffiti fucks the man by making "counter culture" messages available to everyone through killer aesthetics: murals, stencils, etc. graffiti is NOT just vandalism.
by raychalz April 05, 2009
A free expression of ART! whos artists are pushed down by the mainstream cultures of our world, but it wont ever stop people from expressing themselves through graffiti. its not vandalism as sum people say, its more a free art show for all you matrix mutha fuckers out there, so just shut up and enjoy it!
dick: those vandals sprayed graffiti all over my wall *waa waa waa etc etc*
passer by: Fuck up and enjoy it u matrix mutha fucka!
by Ners January 05, 2008

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