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Is guerilla art — temporary art that is installed, performed or attached in public places — art or graffiti?

Response Percent Votes
It’s art
47% 189
It’s graffiti
41% 165
Not sure
10% 41
Total 395


beatrice 2 years ago

It seems to be art when it is on someone else's property, but grafitti when it is on MY property.

If it is marking up someone else's property without their permission, it is grafitti. It is just that simple. Public, temporary performance is something entirely different.


Liberty275 2 years ago

One man's art is another man's daughter paying for cocaine by stripping.


abit_pssd 2 years ago

??? Last post was at 3:45?? Am thinking that all these posts are done on business time and then posters go home and have to be real with the spouse or kids. Geez, that is kind of sad - and weird. I would fire all of you if doing this on my company time.


g_rock 2 years ago

I only like Orangutan Art. Gorillas are just a little too big and scary for me.


Alexander Smith 2 years ago

Graffiti can be nice and very artful. However, when its done on location were they have not received permission or it volates laws.. I don't care how nice looking it is, its vandalism and very disrespectful. Now if its like kids chalk on the sidewalk taht will fade away fast.. thats okay. But when you have adults doing it, even if its temporary, it is wrong. They are mature enough and understand laws and how to show respect for other peoples property. If its public then they should refrain from it because other people is putting their tax dollars into keeping the public place maintained.


somedude20 2 years ago

After seening a pic of Jesus painted with poop onto a punching bag at the Warhol, man, anything can be art.


CWGOKU 2 years ago

Perhaps you should be defining "guerilla art", but, yes it is graffiti but indeterminable levels


rockchalker52 2 years ago

Can you not have temporary graffiti by using chalk? . A Nash is nice, but it is no Studebaker Lark.


asixbury 2 years ago

Graffiti can be a beautiful form of art when it is done like this site shows:


Ripp 2 years ago

The word graffiti comes from the Italian word sgraffito, and has become such an over used word that many people don't know what real graffiti actually is.


Adrienne Sanders 2 years ago

As pointed out above, it's not graffiti unless it's drawing. Vandalism is probably the word you want.

IMO, if it causes property damage it's vandalism. If it's something that can easily be undone, it's not. That still doesn't make it art, though.


BABBOY 2 years ago

So, if I get pissed off at some business or person, and decide to piss on thier door entry way, am I just expressing myself???????


newmedia 2 years ago

Depends whether or not it is funded with tax dollars!


jhawkinsf 2 years ago

If it's done on your property, or with the permission of the owner, then it's whatever you'd like to call it. If it's done on someone else's property and without their permission, then it's graffiti and it is criminal behavior.


Ron Holzwarth 2 years ago

From graffiti (noun) definition: 1. plural of graffito. 2. (used with a plural verb ) markings, as initials, slogans, or drawings, written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or public restroom, or the like: These graffiti are evidence of the neighborhood's decline. 3. (used with a singular verb ) such markings as a whole or as constituting a particular group: Not much graffiti appears around here these days.

Since graffiti is writing it cannot be installed, performed, or attached as the title question asks, therefore guerilla art cannot be graffiti, unless you use a very liberal definition of the word "graffiti".


autie 2 years ago

One man's art expression is another man's vandalism.


RoeDapple 2 years ago

If it's a rusty car in someone's yard it is blight. If the same car is in a parade full of drunks drinking green beer . . .


Charlie Bannister 2 years, 1 month ago

One person's art is another person's scrap iron.


Lane Signal 2 years, 1 month ago

The distinction is arbitrary and meaningless. I would encourage all to abstain from voting in this poll.


Pywacket 2 years, 1 month ago

If I like it, it's art. If I consider it lame, it's graffiti. Isn't that how everybody decides this?


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