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  1. 1. GRAFFITI – the symbol of our times, art or vandalism?
  2. 2. It is not essential to be careful observer, to notice captions and drawings appearing in all kind of places, mostly done by teenagers. Those captions and drawings seem to be everywhere, especially in few past years. W H A T A R E T H E Y ? The act of vandalism, the work of modern art or the symbol of our times?
  3. 3. T h e a n s w e r m i g h t b e s u r p r i s i n g - It's the symbol of our times, expressed in dynamic verbal or decorational form appearing in all kinds of places and often causing teporary or perm aesthetic destruction of the object on which they are situated.
  4. 4. Graffiti is the plastic way to express thoughts and images which were born in our heads – known from the Ancient times, now mainly used by average artists – the graffiters. It's very often put on walls, doors, buildings, in general buildings, without permission of their owners. Graffiti is very characteristic because of its variety of topics – beginning with political, social, religious, ending on artistic, moral and erotic (very often involves vulgarity) sometimes it's even satirical.
  5. 5. G r a f f i t i It's all kinds of captions, signs painted on buildings' elevations. To be honest, it's everywhere - in subways, flyovers, railway stations, on different heights, made in different style, expressing different ideas. So this is very common and we are used to it – it surrounds us everywhere, everyday. Without any hesitation it's a kind of art which repeatedly attracts peoples attention in very surprising, in some cases also positive way. Unfortunately graffiti is usually put in wrong places, what obviously makes it an act of vandalism.
  6. 6. G r a f f i t e r s - are often called pseudo-artists. Is this proper? We can judge it by looking at some of graffiters works. The big disadvantage of their activity is the fact that they're more and more self-confident, sometimes even ignorant and irresponsible. They paint on churches and monuments. Graffiters don't have any particular style when it comes to clothing. Most of them wear baggy trousers, held with a belt, blouses with hood and baseball cap. Their independence, spontaneity and very specific way of being is typical for them. During legal painting actions they wear special uniforms which contain pockets in which graffiters keep cans with spray.
  7. 7. P o l i s h a n d t h e i r a t t i t u d e t o g r a f f i t i Walking down the streets near our homes we're passing walls and buildings with various kinds of graffiti. Of course everyone has different opinion about it. Some of us call graffiters vandals, some of us appreciate their artistic talent.
  8. 8. H o w t o r e a c t s e e i n g g r a f f i t i ? It's difficult to answer, because even the best graffiti which is put on the building we live in without out permission is the act of vandalism. It would be necessary to educate teenagers and teach them to appreciate public property and at the same time support and find them places when they would be allowed to paint. It's impossible to stop graffiters. Graffiti exists from times when people lived in caves – people have a need for showing their emotions and they'll never stop doing it.
  9. 9. One of the most important quesion is: What attracts graffiters in painitng? It's a reasonable question, considering the fact that most of people don't understand this kind oh behaviour. For them is just a crime and they don't see any art in it. Graffiters claim that their works make grey cities more colorful and interesting. They may make someone smile or force to stop and think about their hidden message. The opponents wonder why those artists chose this way to show their feelings. If they're really talented and creative, they could choose another, less destructive way. Graffiters explain that it's all about that thrill which is accompanied with doing something illegal. Maybe it's also about showing their independence and rebellion against the rules.
  10. 10. H o w t o c o u n t e r a c t n e g a t i v e g r a f f i t i ? Counteracting or rather erasing from walls already drawn graffiti isn't so simple. Obviously there are companies which earn on it and for the large amount of money which city's department pay them are able to get rid of unwanted paintings.
  11. 11. Graffiti is the problem appearing not only in Poland, but in the most of world countries. It's an international controversial phenomenon. It's impossible to put it in one category. In some cases graffiti offends social groups or other nations. It also causes lack of money, because it's spent on buildings renovations.
  12. 12. T h e d i c t i o n a r y o f g r a f f i t e r s s l a n g b-boy – breakdancer backline (fineline) – the line between contour and background battle – the fight between graffiters which shows who makes better painting, is faster or who does the most of works. bite – to copy someone's style black book – the graffiter's notebook which contains sketches and photos of works. prac bomb; bombing – to paint illegaly bubble style – round letters which look like bubbles buff – to erase graffiti caps – tips put on sprays which help to get wanted kind of lines (fat,
  13. 13. crew / clique – the group of friends who paint together Fresh – original idea going over – painting on someone's else work hard core – illegal graffiti highlite – gloss given to letters by drawing white lines inline – the line between contour and filling jam – a big contests which aim is to paint a big and long wall or to choose the best graffiter king – a person who's done most of the good works masterpiece – the best paiting outline – contour piece book – a notebook with sketches
  14. 14. tag – personal graffiter's signature toy (toy-begginer) – the beginner who doesn't have his own style wak – weak graffiti whole train – train covered in graffiti wild style – a style which is so modificated that it's difficult to read Writer – graffiter