Blog Pick :: Graffiti Boston


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Written by Alyce Packard, BID Candidate

Graffiti Boston is kind of like a beginners guide to graffiti. Those of us in the city see it every day whether we enjoy it or not. Maybe the first step to appreciating it is understanding it. This blog creates a list of different kinds of graffiti you'll see around Boston and explains how to navigate around the site.

It says that the best way around the site is under the "Tags" section on the right so that is where I began. Here they have organized the graffiti into the areas they are located and use a wide variety of categories for their descriptions and they even invite you to submit your own description if you don’t see it as an option.

I’m glad there’s a site that’s pro graffiti because usually people only support street art and they look upon graffiti as solely a negative thing.

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Graffiti can be extremely personal like this or it can be more vague and thought provoking. Either way, graffiti is an artistic outlet used as a device for communication. The fact that it is illegal makes its message hold more weight than just a regular sign or billboard would.

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Graffiti doesn’t always get its message across by just what’s written, the image itself and the exposure of it does a lot of the work. They can be used to plant an idea by being visible and seen repeatedly.

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This form of expression can be extremist, neutral, comical, smart, witty, or even cynical but it preserves a sense of time and place. I like the fact that it’s open to anyone with spray paint and motive enough to take action, you don’t have to be a great artist or anything, you just have to have something to say. It may not be seen necessary to everyone, it is as important to some as poetry, song, speech, or any great work of literature. "Graffiti is the collected stories of time and place, community and self, freedom and oppression, and where the individual fits in amongst all of it." Take some time to appreciate it the next time you're walking down Newbury Street.