Pictures Surround the City

cesar - los angeles, California
Entered on April 22, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

“Every artist dips his brush in his soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

-Harry Ward Beecher

I picked this quote because I think that as an artist I do more then paint on paper. I let myself flow with it. It’s not about the picture I create; it’s about the way I make it. In my past experience, people think that I’m a bad person that I should be in jail. But what they don’t know is that I’m just trying to be different and get recognized by getting my name up and out there so people can see my art work.

Graffiti is not to make the city look ugly. People go to jail for a lot of stuff and hope I will end up dead or in jail because of graffiti. But people should understand that graffiti in not a crime. It’s art. Watching TV about kids growing up around graffiti infested neighborhoods, people believe that is why those kids end up in gangs, drugs and other things –because they are surrounded by graffiti and gangs. That’s why people think badly about me being a graffiti artist and believe I should be sent to jail and do some time for vandalizing as a way to learn my lesson.

Nothing will stop me from doing it, not even doing jail time. A graffiti artist knows that when they come out they will kill every street sign, cross walk and Billboard to show the world they are back with a new art style. I think if I had enough power I would start programs, open warehouses, and exhibits for all urban artists to help them show what they got without messing with the law and avoiding going to jail. Hopefully people learn that even though people stereotype graffiti artists it does not mean that we are not going any where in life with vandalizing property. Instead they should understand that graffiti is an artistic expression.