"No person shall carry an aerosol spray paint can...with intent to violate the current (graffiti) laws in place"---New York Law
Every city in the US has some law or another concerning graffiti. Most places prohibit the use of spray paint of public buildings explicitly while others have less specific laws.
Is Graffiti Art?
The term 'graffiti' carries a negative connotation along with it, linking it with crime. That is the main argument against allowing street artists to paint on buildings; the fear that it will cause more crime in those areas.
However, many street artists feel that 'graffiti' is more than just writing on a wall; it is a way for them to stand up and be heard in a society that otherwise may not listen to them.
Changing the perception of street art
There are currently many movements attempting to replace and update graffiti laws to allow street artists to work without fear of consequences.
The shift in focus in America that is beginning to value creativity and art in the same light as science and technology is helping this movement succeed.
There was a time when digital art, and even photography, wasn't considered art either. Works created on a computer or machine couldn't be as authentic as something made by hand.
"Photography is not art. It's pressing buttons. People take it up because they can't draw." --Lord Snowdon
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