Research Paper - Graffiti - Prof Lettau

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Last Name 1 ---------------- Professor Lettau English 203 5 March 2008 Graffiti: Art Vs. Vandalism The ambiguous answer to the questions of graffiti being qualified as art or vandalism is a issue that needs to be faced by society, and the line between aesthetic improvement and defacement of walls must be drawn; This essay will provide a sufficient amount of information to help people in forming on opinion about graffiti. Part One will provide the basic information about graffiti, its history, multiple definitions, and common issues. Part Two will cover the types of graffitists, how they gain fame and notoriety, and how some have expanded their hobbies into careers. Finally, Part Three will discuss the many motivations of graffiti artists and the goals they have when painting. Part one provides the basic information about graffiti, its history, multiple definitions, and common issues. First, In order to move toward a position on the issue of ‘art vs. vandalism’, an education of the history and basics of graffiti is necessary. Second, the damage graffiti inflicts upon cities, is financially astounding. Third, there are multiple ways graffiti writers approach their hobby. First, In order to move toward a position on the issue of ‘art vs. vandalism’, an education of the history and basics of graffiti is necessary. Graffiti dates back centuries upon centuries. Ernest states that Romans used to write graffiti, many of them obscene, upon the walls of public latrines. To protect their walls against such defacement, the Romans placed pictures of deities and religious emblems on there toilet walls and “called down the wrath of heaven against those
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who were so wicked as to profane what their duty of a citizen of Rome required them to revere” (Abel 5). A very popular historical site of early American graffiti is graffiti on a tree written reputedly by the frontiersman Daniel Boone that illegibly read: “D. Boon cilled a Bar on tree in the year 1760” (see Fig. 1). The development that propelled graffiti-writing into a major social phenomenon in the United States was the introduction in of the first spray paint can in 1948 in Los Angeles, California, by the National Aerosol Can Company. Prior to 1948, much of graffiti was restricted in size and content because the most common tool was the felt-tipped marker. The introduction of the can was a hit; it enabled people to cover much larger surfaces in much shorter periods of time. The variety of colors, and the possibility to paint on almost any surface imaginable, further enhanced the public appeal. (Slechter 5). The introduction of the aerosol can brought the form of graffiti we see most often today to the world. Fig. 1 Reputed Daniel Boon Carving, Photograph, Library of Congress
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENG 100 taught by Professor Lettau during the Fall '06 term at Palomar.

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