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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


Pywacket 5 years, 11 months ago

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

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

No, at least not the people that consider a dictionary to be the authority on what a word means.

Of course I do realize that many people take an extremely liberal view on what a word means, sometimes use their own definitions, and then expect people to understand them anyway.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

I was thinking about someone that ticks me off. She "invents" words, and expects me to understand her.

Charlie Bannister 5 years, 11 months ago

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

RoeDapple 5 years, 11 months 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 . . .

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

If a rusty car is a Nash it is a beauty to behold no matter what condition it is in, and everyone should be thankful for the chance to appreciate its incredible beauty and gorgeous style, no matter where it is located.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

(Needless to say, if you were to ever see a Nash in perfectly restored condition, you would be instantly struck blind.)

irvan moore 5 years, 11 months ago

i tend to agrree but have to wonder how come the the city thinks the 11th street packards are blight

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

They're probably worried about the rats that live in them. But they're wrong, the rats are all in Washington, D.C.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months 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".

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months 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.

newmedia 5 years, 11 months ago

Depends whether or not it is funded with tax dollars!

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

I think not so much expressing, instead it would be more like spewing.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

Or maybe, you would be relieving or revealing yourself.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

I saw a picture of a statue doing that once!

Adrienne Sanders 5 years, 11 months 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.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

Oh, the memories,,, One time I was having a very good time with a friend, rather late at night. I'm not sure why, but many things seemed to be very different, and we were having a wonderful time.

Suddenly, I thought of something, and told my friend, "Oh, I know! Let's TP my place! No one will know who did it!"

So, I grabbed a couple rolls of toilet paper and we ran out into my front yard and did the usual, throwing the rolls and leaving trails of toilet paper all over the evergreen tree in my front yard.

But suddenly, a car showed up! So I ran and hid behind my car, leaving my friend standing there. She froze in place, looking at the car, and I think someone rolled down the car window and yelled at her, asking her what in the hell she was doing. And, by then my place was very well and obviously TPed.

She stood there, looking at them, and said "I live here!"

She didn't live there, but she didn't know what else to say, being caught TPing someone's yard, you know.

Then, the car drove on down the street, and I couldn't quit laughing for about twenty minutes. In fact, we still laugh about the time we TPed my own place so many years ago, back in the 1980s!

Ripp 5 years, 11 months 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.

asixbury 5 years, 11 months ago

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

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

Oh don't get me started on Studies,,, (Pronounced pretty much like 'Stew Dees', for the younger crowd that doesn't know about the slang back then.)

That light blue 1962 Studebaker Lark was Awesome! It really was just about like new, and my Dad wouldn't let me have it!

Something about getting parts for it,,,

What he didn't understand is that for me, a car was to be looked at and admired, it wasn't a utilitarian transportation thing at all.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

That 1962 Studie that I wanted so bad was Exactly like that one, except it was light blue. But, I would have to look under the hood to know which engine it had, of course. That light blue one had the 6, and an 8 cylinder was also available.

There are a couple rather interesting things about the Studebaker Lark. One is that although the 6 cylinder had less power and was less expensive, it got worse fuel mileage than the 8 cylinder.

The other thing is that the Lark chassis was also used for the Avanti.

somedude20 5 years, 11 months ago

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

Alexander Smith 5 years, 11 months 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.

deec 5 years, 11 months ago

When I lived in KCK my kids and I adorned our driveway and detached garage with spray painted quotes, drawings, etc. Someone called the police to report graffiti. He was going to ticket me for graffiti-ing my own property until i showed him the city ordinance specifying "without permission." After that, he seemed pretty amused and he left.

Liberty275 5 years, 11 months ago

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

beatrice 5 years, 11 months 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.

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