14 acts of graffiti that blur the line between art and vandalism9/10/2012
A stunning shot of a rebellious couple stealing a kiss while being led away in handcuffs after a self-described “graffiti spree” has been reigniting a cultural debate over art and graffiti. At its best graffiti is art in an unexpected place, but even at its most casual can be heartening evidence of the human spirit at play. (And at its worst can be pretty freaking annoying.) But, much like the couple, would graffiti be as striking if it weren’t sticking it to the man? As graffiti increasingly makes its way into galleries, with artists like Banksy’s illegal public works getting chiseled off walls by collectors, is graffiti cool because it’s outlawed? Or is good imagery rad no matter what? Click through these photos, and see what you think.
Where do you draw the line between art and vandalism?