When most people hear the word "graffiti," they think of spray-painted tags or sometimes other images that are placed on public or pirvate property such as the sides of buildings, trucks or trains, or really any place visible to the public.
Technically, however, graffiti is any kind of mark or image placed on property, and strangely enough it is usually on other people's property! But it can take the form of spray paint, it can be scratched into a surface such as initials on a tree-trunk, or any other kind of marking.
There are also widely differing opinions on the artistic (or not) nature of graffiti and whether it ought to be more accepted or more heavily prosecuted.
"The difference between art and graffiti is that art is done on property with the permission of the property owner. Art is a creative and productive form of expression. Graffiti is a crime.
Graffiti is writing, drawing, or symbols applied to any surface without the permission of the property owner.
To create graffiti, vandals use a variety of materials, such as automotive car paint, spray paint, crayons and permanent ink. Etching surfaces is another way vandals destroy property.
Graffiti can occur anywhere, however, some of the more popular targets include:
- public and private buildings
- recreational facilities
- Canada Post mailboxes
- playground equipment
- bridges and overpasses
- public transit property and vehicles."