‘Chest Lake,’ Kiryat Hamelacha, Tel Aviv, by Nitzan Mintz.
(photo credit:NITZAN MINTZ)
For many, the first, or only, thing associated with graffiti is its most common form – the scrawling of one’s name or initials onto a wall, clumsily maneuvering a can of spray paint to proclaim to the streets “I was here.” This is known in the field as “tagging,” and is considered to be the lowest form of graffiti – most often the result of kids experimenting, playing the part of the rebel.The most celebrated form of graffiti is street art, and it is far from child’s play. It is, as the name would suggest, an art form, with dedicated artists, most of whom are young adults who see this as their career – using the streets as their canvas. Street art typically consists of large-scale murals, using the public setting to provoke questions and challenge the status quo. It is also considered a form of vandalism and is illegal.