Should Graffiti be Considered Art?


The image above must have a personal meaning to the artist who painted it. The words and symbol do not hold much significance to most of the citizens who walk past graffiti such as this.


Some of the graffiti drawn around the city of Hull are just expressions, and have no deep underlying means that people can decipher, much like the image above which is simply a face painted with various coloured spray cans.


The above image could be an ironic statement, as times are hard for a lot of people in today’s society because of the double-dip recession, and the thousands of job losses as a result of it.



The above image was taken in the same place as the face depiction above; the writing could link in with the drawing as it is painted in the same colours. The writing and image together could have a pragmatic meaning to the artist.


This was found in the same area as the “cash” bubble writing; it could have the same/similar meaning, relating to the current economic climate across the world.



I took this shot in East Hull as I saw this acronym/intialism in lots of other areas, like West Hull and Hessle. It must have a prominent meaning because, as you’ll see a couple of images below, it has been painted in several locations.


I used the leading lines technique in the above image so that the eye travels through the photograph to the graffiti paint which is the main feature of the picture. Again, I cannot guess what the graffiti means, but it obviously had meaning to the graffiti artist who spray painted it onto the wall.



I took the above picture in East Hull; the colours used are unusual for a graffiti piece as silver isn’t very common. The initials could stand for something that relates to a person/moment in the graffiti painter’s life.


The image above, DOES have a deeper meaning; a “ban the bomb” symbol which could relate to the many conflicts and wars that are still going on around the world, which is causing too many casualties and tragedies.


The above image shows a piece of graffiti that I found on the outskirts of Hull near the Hessle area, along with the “ban the bomb” symbol and the two images below. Again, I used the leading lines camera shooting technique so that the eye leads towards the main focus of the photograph.


I cannot find a meaning in the above image, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that there isn’t one that means something to the artist/painter of the graffiti. The above image was taken using the leading lines camera technique.


Some of the graffiti I came across whilst out taking photos had powerful messages; the above shot was taken in the town of Hessle, just outside of Kingston upon Hull, and the phrase has been taken from a song title/lyric and made into a bold statement, displayed like a bible quote.


A common initialism/acronym I found whilst shooting in Hessle was EMS, this could have great importance within the area in which it was most commonly written. The above image was also shot with leading lines.


The above image shows how the Hull City Council views graffiti; they have washed away the depiction, therefore revealing that they do not think that graffiti is an artistic statement, but a form of vandalism. (Picture taken at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Hull)


The graffiti “artists” find unusual places to spray paint their words/images on, like rubbish cans shown in the above picture.


Another religious graffiti piece is the picture above; Jewish symbol the Star of David has been drawn, with the word “RAGE” spray painted above. This could relate to the ongoing Israeli and Palestinian conflict in the Middle East.