Leonardo da Vinci used Paint
As times change and opinions evolve is it finally time for us to embrace graffiti and call it an aesthetic piece of art?

You approach the abandoned building under the veil of darkness. Your heart pumps rapidly as you pull out the spray can. Your eyes dart left and right scanning for trespassers. You feel powerful. You feel vulnerable. You feel euphoric as the droplets of paint explode on the wall of the abandoned building. Once you disappear into the night. All that is left to show for your efforts is the tag... Guerrillaz Warfare.

You’re the latest person to get bitten by the graffiti bug and now as a sufferer you’re diagnosed as being a “vandal”. You’re one of the 15% out of the 59.8 million inhabitants of the United Kingdom who takes part in graffiti. The difference between the respected painter and you is that one uses a canvas and the other uses the very environment they live in.

However graffiti writers are no different to you and me. In fact, they could be
praised for going further from the archaic practice of paintbrush meets canvas as “Tarzan meets Jane” and instead using the external world as their creative pedestal. A future with the graffiti bug doesn’t seem all that bad.

It definitely doesn’t seem all that bad, when cases such as veteran graffiti writer Andy Seize, a well respected, prominent figure in the graffiti scene for more than 15 years can make a living doing what he “loves most”. Andy Seize is making a living from graffiti and people like what he’s doing. Why can’t we recognise Andy’s work as being a piece of art? More often than not it’s the social conditioning that we all have been recipient to, Andy goes on to say that in society anything that goes against the status quo should be frowned upon and that because of our social condition to do this we can’t acknowledge his works as art works. He adds “it’s

not the fact that my works aren’t art works; it’s the fact that art...