Graffiti can be art!

I like to consider myself fairly open-minded when it comes to defining what art is and what it isn’t. For instance, I’ve written previously that I find legitimate artistic value in much of the work coming from the fields of graphic and industrial design.

When it comes to graffiti, there’s no doubt that what some consider art others consider vandalism. And yet, I’ve seen some amazing things on the sides of buildings, and there’s something instantly recognizable about graffiti, it’s a legitimate genre in my opinion.

So, I was walking down the hill from campus the other day, when this stopped me in my tracks:

Here’s a closeup of the front of the car:

The graffiti sensibility is immediately apparent: the underlying irreverence, the edginess, the barely contained chaos, and the unapologetically garish colors.

I think this car is one of the coolest works of art that I’ve seen in quite a while, and I love the fact that all I had to do was walk down the street to see it.

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