As we are getting ever closer to the fright night that we all love, it’s quite clear that stores around the world are gearing up to sell some “scream” gear for everyone who really wants to bring on the horror that particular evening. We are spending more on each Halloween, and every year announces that we broke last year’s record in terms of money spent. However, there are some people who actually invest in something else. It’s something more lasting and something that will bring on the Halloween as if it were never to end. This particular thing goes hand-in-hand with a comment I received not too long ago saying that graffiti was vandalism and shouldn’t be endorsed, and I have to agree.
However, there is a difference between graffiti and street art, and I want to make that perfectly clear. Everything that is written or drawn on a public wall isn’t graffiti. Some of these pieces of “art” are actually commissioned by the government in order to freshen up areas that have previously been dull and boring. When that happens, people usually notice and think it is a good thing. Then, of course, there are the “taggers” who are just out to put their name on pretty much everything a billion times, without any style to it at all.
Recently though there has been a riot going on out in the streets, and both artists and taggers have been working full time trying to add a little bit of their own touch to the Halloween spirit. This article is to spawn awareness of the art all around us, not to penetrate the question of whether it is alright to put graffiti on a train cart for example. Art is in the eye of the beholder, and it is up to you to see it for what you think it is. If it is art for you, then it’s art. If it is vandalism for you, then it’s vandalism. Everyone has their own opinion. Just for a second, try to inhale these images as a way to express the joy of the coming Halloween, and the lovely scare tactics it brings with it. Are you ready to bring on the Halloween spirit?
Via: [Web Urbanist]