Teacher Resources: Think Responsibly about Graffiti

Working on my final project for my curriculum class and stumbled upon this gem.  The article Graffiti Vandalism Linked to Urban Decay intrigues me.  If you read it, drop a line.  Or on any of these resources for that matter! The purpose of their site is to present safety issues of concern to the City of Calgary […]

Illegal Art Practices: Transformation of Thoughts

These past few weeks, I have been able to watch several graffiti films on youtube.  These films would include: Exit through the Gift shop, Graffiti Wars and Alter Ego.  Each video raises questions concerning graffiti and art in various ways.  After watching the videos, I knew that these films would be great conversation starters for […]

A Remix Manifesto: Culture Jamming Graffiti

In an earlier post “Legal Expression”, a reader who went by the alias “Anon” stated that there is a certain type of graffiti that elicits similar thoughts that fine art does. (Anon, 2012). There usually is a higher amount of engagement required from the viewer before arriving to the idea illustrated.  This type of graffiti is not beating […]

Street Art Evolving to Survive the Law

“Typically, the term street art or the more specific post-graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art.” (Wiki 2012) Issues of privacy come up when a shop owner likes the graffiti on the outside of their buildings but face charges if not removed. The following is an excerpt from the City of Edmonton Bylaw 14600 in […]

Legal Expression

This year, John Ciarrone, 22 is facing more than 100 charges for spray painting various areas within the city.  He began tagging at age 15 after friends got him into it and said, although he knows it is wrong, it was a good outlet. “It was an outlet for my negative energy,” said Ciarrone. “I […]

Inside Out

The concept of “Inside Out” is a global form of semi-permanent graffiti used by the community or individuals who are relaying a message and reclaiming their streets. JR, is a semi-anonymous French street artist who uses his camera to show the world its true face.  He would paste these photos of the human face across […]