Street Art Or Mindless Vandalism?
I spent a few days in Bristol during the holidays, I love Bristol; don’t ask me why I just do! One thing that I love in Bristol is the street art or maybe better known as graffiti.
My love of street art started after an exhibition in Bristol Museum of Banksy, one of the best-known graffiti artists from Bristol.
I spent hours walking around and taking hundreds of photos of anything that was added to a wall with a spray can. Nelson Street, not far from the town centre was my favourite by far, a women in a shop I’d gone into said I have to go there when I said that I was interested in the street art in Bristol. It had been the centre of a See No Evil Project where artists from all over came and transformed the street from colourless to colourful. I found myself amazed at what can be done with a spray can and a wall; these people truly have a gift. It got me thinking about graffiti and art and maybe there shouldn’t be such a negative view of it. Being from Cardiff, street art is hard to come by but tagging is everywhere.
I feel that tagging is simply mindless vandalism and really got to me when I was in Bristol as some of the best pieces of work had been tagged with black spray paint. Why do people feel the need? A question I kept coming back to.
Is tagging a cause of jealousy? Or a feeling of uselessness? Not being able to produce something so artistic so having to ruin it!
There are many young guys that have not academically excelled that express themselves through art. I feel that Bristol gives young artists the space and chance to express themselves in this way. I’d love to see Cardiff getting involved with the street art scene but I don’t think it will happen any time soon.
Some of my favourites are pictured above.
So is it art or vandalism?
After much thought I think it’s a bit of both but the difference is obvious!
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