Graffiti Is A FUN Crime

The only crime I see is that these people aren’t getting credit for their work. Here’s some of the funniest graffiti I’ve ever seen.

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Some people need to take a break, I find these pictures comical. Okay, technically they can be classed as vandalism, yet they made me smile.
I’m no graffiti genius whatsoever yet I don’t see any harm in the fact that people can make their mark in a way that will give those passing by an enjoyable 30 seconds. It’s small things that make your day, those of you that are too sad to see beyond ‘the law’ in such a petty way really need to be enlightened.

Yeah, some people are a little too excited about some funny images that were found on the internet but that’s probably because of deeper issues in their own lives. I’m sure these same people have gone over the speed limit, or not come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Equally important laws that can lead to far worse consequences – like traffic accidents and death. I’m not saying people should deface other people’s property, I’m just saying that these pics made me laugh. Glad you liked them. I’m way more annoyed by those people who leave flyers on my windshield that I have to throw away all the time. I find that more offensive than the graffiti in this post, but that’s just my own personal issue.

Ah…bathroom graffiti. Seen a lot of it over the years but most of it was rather unoriginal. However, was in a stall in Portsmouth, Virginia once and read this:

“I don’t remember eating glass…”

I’ve never, in all my days before that nor since that, read anything like it and will never ever forget it. I suppose over the years it has lost it’s original impact but on that one day I will never forget laughing the hardest I think I ever had or will.

That’s just how it struck me on that day. And here I am, some forty-odd years later remembering it still and sharing it with you…

-Jeeem-

Depends on the graffiti to if its kwel or not, that stupid tagging shit that seems to be everywhere is just crap, specially when its been scratched into bus windows or drawn over timetables. Street art can be pretty awesome, and this stuffs pretty funny and doesn’t really hurt anyone. So it’s pretty kk.

I hold the belief that bathroom graffiti is the purest form of art. They’ re pictures people drew for no other reason than to leave a mark for random people they will never meet, be it humorous, or what have you. I know that whenever i leave a mark in a bathroom stall its something funny, because i want people to laugh. It doesn’t have to be beautiful ,for it to be art, either. As long its me just expressing my self. Art isn’t about whether you deface someone’s property or not, its expression.

How whimsical and fun to deface other peoples’ paid-for property due to an undeserved sense of entitlement. Ah, whimsy!

Don’t oversimplify. Graffiti is an ancient practice, some would say art form. While I’m sure many artists/criminals do so “undeserved sense of entitlement”, for others the medium is the message:

1. Freedom of speech is not reserved to property owners
2. Should you choose to use your property to opine, don’t expect that others will simply remain silent and acquiesce to authority or respect a system whose nature they may feel is inherently flawed

While some of these examples are merely crass and yes HUMOROUS, if you cannot acknowledge the beauty of some artists’ graffiti, you are a sad unimaginative lemming.

“While I’m sure many artists/criminals do so “undeserved sense of entitlement”, for others the medium is the message”

Wow, a Marshall McLuhan quote. I’m sure every liberal arts major in the Western hemisphere could have thrown that into the discussion. The problem here is that in this case the medium was paid for with other peoples’ hard-earned dollars. That deserves respect.

“Should you choose to use your property to opine, don’t expect that others will simply remain silent and acquiesce to authority or respect a system whose nature they may feel is inherently flawed”

So are you an anarchist, then? You do realize that the primary purpose of a capitalist government is to protect private property?

In addition, freedom of speech may not be reserved to property owners, but you know what privilege property owners DO have? The right to not have their property defaced because someone finds it “artistic”.

Can I break into your house and paint on your walls because I think it’s artistic? Can I smear feces all over your front porch to make a statement on society? People like graffiti for one reason – the crap being defaced doesn’t belong to them. It’s an excuse for defacement. Those artistic talents can be challenged in almost countless other ways.

I admire the beauty of art when it doesn’t encroach on the rights of others. If that makes me a ‘sad lemming”, absolutely.

Oh, and, uh…where is the beauty, exactly, in the above examples? I see snarky one-liners a bratty teen might deliver, but no art.

someone mad as fuck they crapped in their babby pants so hard

shit son, corporations paid for those billboards and i ain’t saying that’s bad but they can cope with it better than you do

go cry somewhere else

If you broke into my home and splattered paint on my walls, I would take pictures,and post them on the internet as art, and I would leave it up until my lease was up, then I would regrettably paint over it. It’s proof that you had passion, and felt strongly enough to go through the trouble of expressing yourself for me to see it. I would also have to commend you for tracking me down to do it. As for smearing feces? Seems a little unsanitary, and not all of us have front porches, but as long as your point is made clearly, go for it.

And might I bring up the Boston Tea Party? Those Brits had every right to drink their tea, but those damn yankees stole it all and threw it into the water!

I’ve personally seem some of the most beautiful art around. I’ve been to the MoMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Columbus Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where I also played in an orchestra, but in all my travels and adventures, some of the best art I’ve ever seen has been spray painted and air brushed onto the walls of Brooklyn, Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, Columbus, and even Dayton, Ohio.

I will agree, these are poor examples, and can hardly be called art. However, before you write off graffiti as a whole, I strongly encourage you to leaf through a copy of JUXTAPOZ magazine. It profiles many artists, some who aren’t formally trained, who have no better medium than a spraycan and a blank wall.

HOw about you take the cork out of your ass and just enjoy some simple humor rather than wasting your time bitching on the internet.

=)

Angry reader has a point. Although I laughed at every single one of these, they do indeed represent a lack of respect for the taxpayers/owners that payed for the canvas. I’d rather live in a society where people refrained from touching other people’s shit without permission even if it is hilarious.

I don’t care if the graffiti is beautiful as long as people do it on their own property. It’s when they deface other people’s property that it becomes a problem. It’s not an issue of free speech, it is an issue of property rights.

Of course, if we want to take it a step further, what if someone wants to “express themselves” by spray painting into the eyes of the graffiti artist? Shouldn’t I be free to express myself in that manner? Who cares if he may go blind? What right does he have to his eyes if I have something I need to say?

Q: “What if someone wants to ‘express themselves’ by spray painting into the eyes of the graffiti artist?”
A:That’s rather extreme, Vern. We’re talking about defacing inanimate objects here, not physically blinding people. Try to stay with the topic.
Q: “Shouldn’t I be free to express myself in that manner?”
A: Only if I can be allowed to dislocate your jaw and crap down your throat. Then sure, it’s only fair.
Me like art, me no like clones of things, and seeing same sign over and over on highway. make me feel mad. Me like variety. Me interested more about what man with spraycan say than what man with corporation want I buy, but I no buy. Man with spraycan speak from heart, corporate man speak for dollar. Troof.

“That’s rather extreme, Vern. We’re talking about defacing inanimate objects here, not physically blinding people. Try to stay with the topic.”

I”m quite on topic, respecting other people’s rights. Once you break with that principle, it is irrelevant how extreme it gets. “Art” can be a risky venture.

“Only if I can be allowed to dislocate your jaw and crap down your throat. Then sure, it’s only fair.”

Well, you can certainly give that a try and see how it works out. Spray can man shouldn’t be messing around with what doesn’t belong to him. He may not like the “art” that gets expressed.

Of course vandals are usually a cowardly lot and do their “art” while people aren’t around. I wonder why? Oh yea, they would get the behinds kicked a lot more often.

Incidentally, if you object to corporate man, you probably shouldn’t use the spray cans he makes.

i suggest everyone who has posted smack about graffiti to take the time to see “exit through the gift shop” mind blowing and gives anyone a completely different outlook on graffiti. its not a crime! lovelovelove graffiti