Graffiti as Expression

Student debt is affecting students all over the country. Some students are graduating their universities with over $60,000 in debt. This leaves students with a huge wake up call when they graduate and owe more money then they have ever seen. The government needs to be aware of how many students are struggling with this debt. Many people have turned to video advertising, online advertising, and art. One form of art that our group has been drawn too is graffiti art.


Graffiti art is everywhere. You pass by it on your way to class, while your driving under a bridge, or on the side of some building while traveling on the highway. These artists have something to say and make a lot of noise with there graffiti expressions. Graffiti has been used as another way for the public to hear these students cry for help. Everyone deserves the same opportunity when it comes to a college degree. We are in a State School here at Umass and to graduate with such significant debt should not be possible. Our voices need to be heard.


Art can be described in so many different ways. Politics, economics, and culture can all be described through art. Art is so much more then a small drawing or a scribble on a wall. Each piece of art tells a story about the artist. Graffiti is one of the most expressive types of art that makes a loud statement. Through powerful colors, pure talent, and unique placement graffiti is the type of art every type of person looks at.


Earlier this year in the center of Boston, MA  the Institute of Contemporary Art commission Brazilian brother Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo to paint a suspicious character on the side of an old ventilation building. The character had yellow skin and looked of Muslim decent. This painting got the public talking. Is the character a terrorist? News statements were researching, the public was talking, and a statement was being made. Some people say act of violence, or criminal, but we say graffiti is ART that is full of expression and meaning.

Here is the difference of European and United States street art


Sara Spiegel

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