Graffiti, and the argument as to it’s worth. Many will say that it’s a violation of property, defacing a perfectly fine looking, very appealing, BLANK WALL. On the contrary you have those of the party that support covering BLANK WALLs, in favour of a pretty painting in its place. The question as to whether or not graffiti should be legal is in fact questioning how far freedom can stretch.
Graffti, despite its notorious image of rebellion, can at times work hand in hand with larger establishments. The Sydney artist Brad Eastman, A.K.A Beastman, has been commissioned on multiple occasions by brands such as Element, Colab, Longview, Bose, Stone & Wood, Hyundai, Mini, Facebook, and Smirnoff. So the argument that graffiti is of no use to culture is quickly dismissed. With furthermore accounts of its practical use than that mentioned above.
Graffiti can even comment on culture, which is of no surprise to anyone who isn’t living beneath a rock. Perhaps distilling an issue onto a wall can bring to attention the positive or negative issues within society, much in the way hieroglyphs give us an insight into past Egyptian culture, and their mastery of math. Beastman shows a great interest in the geometric formations found in nature, the creation of life, colour balance, and symmetry; to imagine what this says about our society, if found by a culture beyond that of our own, can possibly evoke a optimistic image, and potentially give proof of our competence.
However, so far this argument is held up by hypothetical archival scenarios. What use does graffiti have at the present, during these very serious, cold cut, and authoritarian times? Well the answer lies within the details of that carefully constructed question. Graffiti has no use, none at all, but in that respect so too does billboards, posters, logos, newspapers, photography, film, books, videogames, and sport; they’re all useless pieces of material that are sand-blasted into our eyes. Graffiti only serves to break the very serious, cold cut, and obedient BLANK WALLs, in the same fashion a film breaks the blank space otherwise filled with boredom, in the same system sport sidetracks your dad (or yourself) from the average working day. Graffiti is like art that decided to walk out of the gallery and live on the streets. It mightn’t always look nice, but it’s there for the world to see, and it’s a reminder of other things beyond that of the blog you have to write weekly.
For more about Beastman (A.K.A. Brad Eastman) check out the links, he’s got some pretty top-notch work!