As time goes on, the world continues to evolve and change. Along with these changes come new ways of looking at things. This is reflected through what is considered to be our popular culture. One aspect of our culture that is constantly changing is what we see as art. This is seen particularly through graffiti. When you think of graffiti, you probably think of an eyesore that ruins buildings and makes the lives of shopkeepers miserable. Gangs might come to mind, or bored hooligans living in urban areas. While these are the things that have commonly been associated with graffiti in the past we are living in a new and more modernized age. Graffiti has begun to take on a whole new connotation in today’s world. Some are even going so far as to claim that graffiti is the new pop art! Graffiti has quickly become a part of our popular culture. It is no longer reserved for gangs and bored urban children. Graffiti has quickly become adopted by modern day artists who use it as a way to get their name known or make a statement about an issue that they are passionate about.
Graffiti is becoming considered less and less of an eyesore as time goes on. Although there are still many instances where graffiti is not wanted and is quickly washed away, there are also many instances where it is viewed as a work of modern art. There are many well know graffiti artists who have obtained notoriety through graffiti art featuring their name. Some graffiti has become so detailed that it is considered a form of modern art. Graffiti is also used by its artists as a means of expressing themselves. They often use it to make a statement about an issue that is important to them and often controversial. Graffiti is perfect for this type of thing because it stands out. Many people will stop and look at it. This means that using graffiti to send a message ensures that your voice will be heard by many different people. It also works well for controversial issues because it will make people think. The level of skill that goes into this type of graffiti is immense. It takes a mastery of the skills to make the intricate graffiti that modern artists are able to create. It is often a time consuming and thankless project, but it really has reached the level of a true art form.