From its early days as a mere vandalism on the walls of subway train stations, to the more elaborate parts and professional aspect that adorn the walls of the cities in the twenty-first century, graffiti art has become a significant and controversial part of the culture. While some people see graffiti as a scourge of the urban environment, the modern graffiti has become more accepted and even legalized by the authorities of the cities – thanks to several advantages that have emerged.
1. It takes art to the public
The problem with art in the twenty-first century is the notion that sometimes it is just seen as a matter of lack of interest of the people, especially the younger generation. These people do not go to museums and art exhibitions, and thus are not exposed to works of art. Graffiti worked well in helping to reverse this problem by bringing art directly to the public, throwing it in your face, and perhaps helping to foster an interest in artistic works that will lead more people to explore the world of art.
2. It is a valuable form of self-expression
Graffiti gives people the freedom to express themselves in a way that they would not have, if it were not so. For some, this freedom comes from the accessibility of Graffiti; all that media need is a spray paint can and an idea, and the artist can create whatever he wants, instead of having to buy expensive supplies just for starters. For other graffiti artists, the advantage of this media is that they can express an opinion or idea as a political point of view, and make it seen, in a statement to be heard and perhaps create impact.
3. Gives life to a place
The graffiti art work is creative in general, colorful and bold in particular. So, it changes the feature of where it is shown. In many cases, this change is positive, since art transforms the aesthetic value of a monotonous buildings and bare walls with interesting and showy displays of imagination. Neighborhoods gain new life without the local authorities having to engage in regeneration or beautification programs.
4. Raises the location of the profile
Good quality graffiti concentrate at a particular location can significantly raise the profile of this neighborhood, making it an art scene. Over time, other artists congregate there, and the cultural value of the area increases. This in the long run, can help the local economy as many tourists will be heading to the place to see graffiti art and bloom the guided tours to show the neighborhood to visitors.
5. Contribution in education
Art is often taught to young people as part of their education, but not everyone gives importance to it. For some, the problem lies in the media; a person may not like the traditional forms, such as painting and sculpture while others do not find relevant art in their lives. When graffiti is taught as an alternative piece of art media, you can inspire these people being more rooted in the twenty-first century life than traditional art forms.