Graffiti: Vandalism?

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One day I was on tumblr, and a link popped up on my screen. It was a really interesting website called When first opening the link, I thought it was some kind of shopping website but after clicking on it, an interesting video popped up. I saw a man being videotaped while he was climbing a fence at a military airport. He then booked it towards the Air Force One, which is the President of the United States’ aircraft, and tagged a graffiti drawing on the jet. I was in shock after watching the video because that man actually snuck into the US military airbase and tagged the Air force One aircraft. The video was being aired on some major TV channels. After making everything clear, I realized that video was not really recorded at the US airbase and it was actually made up by fashion designer Marc Ecko. The whole process of the video seemed so real, but it was actually a campaign video to promote the art of graffiti. There are many different points of view on graffiti, and it has always started arguments on its legalization. Some people see graffiti as a form of art; however, some people also view it as a crime. Graffiti consists of inscriptions, slogans and drawings scratched, scribbled, painted or even spray painted on a wall or any type of public or private surface. According to The Dictionary of Art, the word "graffiti" is derived from the Greek term "graphein" (to write) and the word "graffiti" itself is plural of the Italian word "graffito." Graffiti is a form of self-expression. It is the means used to express the artist's identity, feelings, and ideas. The art of graffiti is also a kind of communication that links people regardless their cultural, lingual, or racial differences. When graffiti was first becoming popular, the tools being used were mostly wide tipped markers and spray cans. Graffiti can also be looked at according to the

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