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Its vandalism or an art form, the debate will continue till the end of time and the answer to which will remain unsettled. Murals have been scrawled on the walls of the streets, in the subways and under the bridge and in places where this form of expression can be seen by the public. The phenomena called Graffiti became famous from the United States of America, from where it has spread across the globe. The young blood always looks for peculiar ways to express the feelings that they have locked deep inside their bosom. Some take up dancing or singing, etc. and others they TAG! It began with writing the names on the walls, but as the art form evolved during the years the alphabets become bigger and bolder. These murals have become an inspiration for many to release their frustration, to voice their opinion against the oppression they are facing, to show that they are happy or that they are sad.

There have been many famous graffiti artists that been known to have scribbled on the public property with their spray cans. One of which is TEKI 183; he had the largest number of signatures on the walls of New York City and was even interviewed by the New York Times in the 1970s. People who had their signatures on the walls were though random, but it made them a star in their locality. Graffiti became a lot popular besides the fact that it became much more visible to the public. There came a point when these artists started demarcating their areas with their illicitly wild and wacky style of painting.

The outrageous scribbling on the public property created pressure on the authorities and that made spray can painting an offense and disregard to the national property. Boys and girls who shared a common ideology formed groups or gangs so as to say. Every now and then news started breaking out such as “The Street Taggers Arrested”, or that the “Graffiti Artists Causing Vandal”, etc. Slowly the subways started transforming into amazing graffiti art gallery and the people in the neighborhood loved the portrayal of the art form that the street kids had developed. What has to be noticed is that not just adults but the children in their teens had also developed love for this form of artistic creations. They started Times in the 1970s. People who had their signatures on the walls were though random, but it made them a star in their locality. Graffiti became a lot popular besides the fact that it became much more visible to the public. There came a point when these artists started demarcating their areas with their illicitly wild and wacky style of painting. The outrageous scribbling on the public property created pressure on the authorities and that made spray can painting an offense and disregard to the national property. Boys and girls who shared a common ideology formed groups or gangs so as to say. Every now and then news started breaking out such as “The Street Taggers Arrested”, or that the “Graffiti Artists Causing Vandal”, etc. Slowly the subways started transforming into amazing graffiti art gallery and the people in the neighborhood loved the portrayal of the art form that the street kids had developed. What has to be noticed is that not just adults but the children in their teens had also developed love for this form of artistic creations. They started following the senior artists and after some time they developed their own style of expressing what they feel.

Taggers from all over the world get together to celebrate what is known as the “Cans Festival”, in different parts of Europe and America. Famous American singer Chris Brown is himself a graffiti artist. This shows us the reach this form of art has on people from different walks of life.

The good and the bad form of painting started and that led to the division of two groups that supported different ideologies. The first group started to evolve tagging into a form of real art. This gave wings to their imaginations by giving inspiration to the people who walked passed their creation, which gave them the motivation to work towards nurturing their art even more. These murals became more subtle and it also started selling well. The media also gave the required hype and recognition to these artists. Most of them wrote about their work from which even they gained the publicity for writing on something which was new and fresh. The other group focused making authentic and traditional paintings on the placid walls. They had people like DJ’s, breakers, writers, rappers, etc. in their group. The amount of diversity the graffiti culture has is amazing and that it all leads to the same destination.

The history is witness to the fact that there will always be a rebellious bunch of boys and girls who would want to paint their heart out, express their anger, their dissatisfaction, and their discontentment. Graffiti will attract them and will compel them to paint; this has taken this form of art into a completely different level of acceptance and popularity. The artists these days are concerned about getting fame for themselves rather that earning benefit for their community. They want to cater to a larger audience, and not just a few learned men and women. Nothing is stopping these taggersnow; these spray paints can spell out just about anything, the political statements, popular verses about the brands that are prevailing in the country, etc. its impulsive, its aggressive, and it is very successful in grabbing people’s eyeballs. Either which way graffiti is a mix of the raw art work on the street, as well as modern art to make it appealing and exciting to the public.

Modern art as it is called is way too expensive for a normal man to bring to the wall of his house. So, it is evident that the street art is gaining presence in the hearts of the people. Especially the youth who wish to channelize their energies into something which is new, heart pumping, etc.

History always repeats itself, and now this art is spreading its legs into India after encompassing the attention of the people in the west. The young from our country has always been fascinated about this form of expression. You could see the walls in the big cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, etc. are being tagged with the names of the artists who have scribbled on it. The new trend of these artists is to express their views on the placid walls of the subway or on the buildings. Steps are been taken to stop graffiti vandalism by governments of many nations.

the next big thing about these taggers is that they have now started using their art on the trains. the kind of motivation these guys have is absolutely amazing. These paintings represent a particular situation that is reigning in their cities or country. This has caused a lot of anger among the govenment authorities, and they have job to get their work removed as fast as possible. Nevertheless the art form is thriving all over the world and this is seen as one of the most attractive means of expressing one's feelings and emotions.

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