Youth EB Picks: Judging Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

June 10, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Kristopher Buttafoco


Lately I have been on the bus, walking around the city and just out and about in general, and all around me I see graffiti. Some of it looks like my pre-school art while other pieces can be a rich narrative spanning across the walls of the neighborhoods it is speaking of. How do you feel about graffiti? How do you feel about artistic expression and criminals? How are the people in a community affected by the graffiti there? All of these questions arise in this piece, Judging Graffiti: Art or Vandalism from KALW. Producer Lupe Hernandez does a great job walking the fine line of this controversial topic while not stepping on anyone's toes.

Whatever side you are on with this subject, if you even have a side, I strongly encourage anyone to check it out. This piece also highlights certain aspects of life in San Francisco usually unseen and gives a raw view of the city and its art/crime from the community perspective.