Friday, June 17, 2016

Grafitti: Beautiful Destruction

Grafitti is vandalism, it is the playful defacing or trashing public property or of someone’s personal property.

Graffiti, spelled differently here, is described by some sources as wall writings.

Grafitti occurs when playful but misguided youngsters spray-paint drawings, slogans or other such markings on the sides of buildings, fences, sidewalks, in public restrooms, etc.

Make no mistake, graffiti is against the law. I know that, I understand it, and I agree that is the way it should be.

Okay, okay, enough of that.

I snapped this photo (above) as we rode by a passing train. Note the graffiti painted on the side. My first thought was to capture the moment. I did that. I whipped out my camera and snapped this shot.

My second thought was…WOW, that’s an amazing piece of artwork. It’s beautiful! There is so much detail, I marvel at the beauty.

Finally I thought, how sad. Someone has broken the law by defacing public property. It is also sad because this is a really amazing piece of art work.

Grafitti might be illegal, but it is awesome art at the same time. I only wish that all those with such talents could and/or would use those talents in a more productive way.

If only there were an outlet for that creativity and wasted talent, society would be better served.  

What are your thoughts on graffiti? Do you see any beauty in the pieces? What are your suggestions for utilizing those artistic talents?


  1. they are definitely talented but do need an outlet for expression that isn't illegal!

  2. Blessings.....
    hmmmmm, i have been taking photos of graffiti in Toronto. |I didn't realize there were so many.

    check them out when you have a chance

  3. I agree with you Leona. I've seen some pretty intricate and beautifully crafted graffiti. It's quite the art, but yeah, when done on private/public property, it's not so cool. I believe some cities (even here in Canada) have designated areas/walls where graffiti is ok. Well, have a wonderful week ahead Leona and stay blessed! :)

  4. Yes, Lin. There is so much talent out there. AJ is right that some cities have designated areas or walls for this. That is a great idea.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. I appreciate the nice comment. I've marveled at your photography for years, it's awesome. I DID check out your link, brought a great big smile to my face.

  6. So good of you to come by AJ, thanks for taking time to read and comment. I love the idea that some cities, even there in Canada, have designated areas/walls for these talented souls to display their art work.


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