While You Re Sleepin Persuasive Essay

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Doug Barnett English 99 Essay 1 17 May 2014 A Different Look at Graffiti When you hear the word graffiti, the first thing that usually comes to mind is gang affiliation. Even though gangs use graffiti to show power and claim possession, it is also used as a form of expression. In the writings of “Creepin’ While You’re Sleepin” by Stephen Lemons, graffiti comes across as a problematic situation; however that is not his intention. He follows a young girl, Tribe, who believes graffiti is an expressive art form. Even though Tribe is considered a bomber-tagger she shows there is more to spray painted walls than meets-the-eye. One could argue; not all forms of tagging should be considered negative and dangerous. If you keep an open mind…show more content…
has started a campaign to cover graffiti within 24 hours. According to Spokane C.O.P.S., “There is a direct relationship between the decrease in damage to property and the efficiency of graffiti removal from public areas. Research and experience show that rapid removal with 24 hours is the most effective way to reduce repeat attacks of illegal graffiti. The City of Spokane needs its citizens to help stop graffiti vandalism.” The Spokane C.O.P.S. require all graffiti to be covered up, but allow building owners to graffiti their own property to advertise or state a belief. Even though the tagger and owner is one in the same, it should still be considered “illegal” under the terms of the city ordinance. We have a right to free speech, but that doesn’t mean the entire community accepts the image portrayed on the building. If you drive south on Market Street, in our Historic Hillyard District, you will see graffiti on a number of buildings. This piecer style graffiti is considered appropriate and is not required to be covered up. I acknowledge the difference between owning the building you are tagging vs not owning the building you are tagging, but in laymen’s terms tagging is illegal. If you look past the legalities, graffiti is an expression of

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