Pro: Street Art

Since the beginning of graffiti existence, the form has evolved from simple scratches into elaborate, colorful and stylish pieces of painted art on walls that you see today.

Because of how normal and iconic the art form is, it should become legalized.

While many see graffiti as ugly and horrible, it is an important form of art that should be recognized and appreciated worldwide, not just in the United States.

In the New York Times opinion piece, “Graffiti Is a Public Good, Even As It Challenges the Law,” director Lu Olivero compared graffiti to hip hop, writing that the social view around it will soon change.

Throughout the world, there are many places where graffiti is already legal. From Queens to Warsaw, from Taiwan to Paris, from Venice, Calif. all the way to Melbourne, cities have started to recognize the beauty and magnificence of street art and how it impacts the urban environment in positive ways.

In the Huffington Post article, “Graffiti Can Actually Be A Good Thing For Cities,” Cameron Keady spoke to journalist and photographer Patrick Verel, who compiled information that helped show how graffiti can make a positive impact.

“When one of these graffiti murals comes together, you get the best of both worlds: jaw-dropping artistic talent from men and women who’ve in many cases honed their craft for decades, and partnerships between them and local property owners that will outlast the very art they’re creating,” Verel said.

Venice Beach is known for its interesting and fun pieces of street art, all of which are fully legal. Once an artist receives a permit, they can paint on the beach, as tourists come by to see how artists are working to make the public perception of street art a positive ideology.

Street art is made by people from all over the world, from all walks of life and age.

It is an inclusive medium that anybody can join with the right tools, to make their own mark on their city.

Art is incredibly important as it brings a positive impact  on people and communities. It has managed to stay alive for years and resulted in artists being recognized as icons.

The vibrancy of colors that street art and graffiti bring to the streets, can make people feel happy and alive.

As graffiti continues to be loved by many, it is one step closer to becoming legalized.